Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Top 10 Books to Enjoy During Quarantine

Top 10 Books to Enjoy During Quarantine

Obviously catching the next flight for a grande adventure in the wilderness isn’t a possibility. So what have I been doing to keep the wild side of my brain sane? Well…a ridiculous amount of pushups for one. As well as listening to all-the-audio-books and reading a few actual books on those rainy days.

With a simple press of the play button and a little imagination, we can immerse ourselves in lessons and tales of all sorts of adventurous explorers.

It’s been a mix of both wellness and wilderness focused books. And without a doubt, they are making #quarantinelife not only bearable, but I dare say enjoyable.

Ready for a list of the best of the best to keep you entertained? Here we go…

Entertained…hmmm…well maybe entertained, engaged, motivated, and inspired is a better way to describe this round up of books.

Top 10 Books

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Brain on Fire book cover Jan 12 p121 scaled

An older book but a intriguing one. Follows the utterly compelling real life story of a young journalist who descends into complete madness. The saving grace, is a surprising and proper diagnosis by an incredible doctor. This is a story of perseverance that will leave you in awe.

Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic by Adam Shoalts
Beyond The Trees by Adam Shoalts

Bestselling author and adventurer, Adam Shoalts, brings us along on an incredible adventure across Canada’s artic. Actually, it’s an 4000km solo trek. This journey is filled with challenges and wonder. An intriguing read overall!

The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune In Your Own Backyard by Chris Guillebeau
The Money Tree A Story About Finding the Fortune In Your Own Backyard by Chris Guillebeau

Stumbled upon this book as it was recommended by The Minimalists during one of their podcast episodes. I’ve read The 100$ Start Up a few years ago by the same author, and this was just as good if not better. Focuses on identifying and suing your skills to take control of finances.

The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live without Limits by Ant Middleton
The Fear Bubble by Ant Middleton

There are not enough words to articulate how entertaining, insightful, and relatable I found this book.

Ant delivers lessons in facing and managing fears interspersed by the account of his mont everest summit. The Fear Bubble delivers in spades.

Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey
Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

The only fiction book and guilty pleasure of the lot! This dramatic heart stopper is about the back story of a woman who hands her baby to a stranger in the metro, then commits suicide by jumping in front of the train before the stranger could ask any questions…

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Originals How Non Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Found like one after writing a post about My Unconventional Life. I wanted to dive deeper into how to best support a non conventional (essential putting your authentic self first). Adam Grant explores how we can further ideas and values that go against the grain.

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Because. Laughter truly is the best form of medicine. And we can all use a little (or a lot) of laughter right now.

This book by comedian Jim Gaffigan offer full on belly chuckles as he recounts the hilarious challenges and events of how his wife and him are completed outnumbered by their five children.

The Dip: a Little Book That Teaches You When Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
The Dip by Seth Godin

This little gem of a book was an easy, quick, and spot on read. Seth Godin explains how “winners are really just the best quitters”. More over, helps you determine what endeavors are worth your blood, sweat, and tears and which, simply, are not.

Loveability: Knowing How to Love and Be Loved by Robert Holden
Loveability by Robert Holden

The book that perhaps every twenty something should read and digest in my opnion. This faith based book translates well to everyone and really drills home one solid point – we are all love and loavable.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine
A Guide to the Good Life The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

Taking the lessons from stoicism, William B Irvine provides us with useful and practical insights. It explores the tough emotions and how to manage or control them. Each lesson applicable to the modern world in our efforts to lead “the good life”.

Bonus Book

Beyond Possible by Nims Pakjur
Beyond Possible by Nims Pakjur

A bonus book to look forward to? Beyond Possible by Nims is sure to be an incredible read. This adventurous and kind soul is impressive beyond measure. He was the first Gurkha in the SBS (British special forces – special boat service) and climbed all fourteen “death zone” mountains in 6 months. Pre-order now. Available September 3rd 2020.

Wrapping Up

At least audio books are something you can enjoy while cleaning, organizing, walking around the block, or running. Movement is medicine after all. 😉

If you’re looking for more ideas, head over to the shop to browse a list of books I’ve read and recommend. And is podcasts are more your thing, check out the post on Top 10 Podcasts focused around wellness and wilderness.

Victoria xo

Read More Posts