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  • Writer's pictureBailey Martindale

65 Books to Read During Coronavirus Quarantine

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

I love reading. I like getting lost in ideas or learning from others' experiences. I also love getting drawn into a fictional setting and not thinking about life for the time being. Books have the power to take you anywhere and everywhere.

In 2017, I set the intention to read 25 books. I met my goal. In 2018, I set the intention to read 36 books. I met my goal. In 2019, I set the intention to read 40 books. I met my goal. It looks like 2020 will be an intention of 45 books.

I mix it up with audiobooks, actual physical books and sometimes e-books on my iBook app on my iPhone. I typically read non-fiction but this year I mixed it up and added in more historical fiction and fiction. I love learning from non-fiction books but I equally love escaping reality and transporting somewhere else via a great fictional read. I like to read non-fiction in the morning, or via audible when I’m in the car. But a great book, a glass of wine and a fiction book curled up on a cozy couch in front of a fire, or bundled up in my bed or in a hot bath, are some of my favorite moments and ways to relax.

Bill Gates reads 50 books a year and I mean I’m obviously trying to be like him in many ways so I’ll follow in his footsteps and eventually get there. Reading expands your worldview, reduces stress, improves memory and imagination, builds vocabulary, improves critical thinking, improves writing and communication skills, improves focus, improves empathy and can be motivational.

While we are all in quarantine or social distancing, what better time to read? Whether you want to learn more about an industry, improve your skills and approaches in business or just relax and unwind from all of the craziness, books can help you do that.

Below I’ll share the list of books I read in 2019. Some of them I had read before but most of them I haven’t. I’ll also share some of what’s on my to-read list for 2020.

Books I read in 2019:

1.Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

2.The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

3. Super Attractor by Gabby Bernstein

4. I Hear You by Michael Sorenson

5. This is Marketing by Seth Godin

6. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

7. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

8. The Purple Cow by Seth Godin

9. Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits by Debbie Millman

10. Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

11. Screwball by Simon Rich

12. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

14. Out of My Mind by Alan Arkin

15. Genius Foods by Max Lugavere

16. Becoming by Michelle Obama

17. Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

18. I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver

19. Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane

20. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

21. Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

22. The Undefeated Mind by Alex Lickerman

23. Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell

24. Game Changers by Dave Asprey

25. Dare To Lead by Brent Brown

26. 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

27. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

28. Facebook Marketing by Greg Brooks

29. All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin

30. Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars by Mitch Meyerson

31. The One Week Marketing Plan by Mark Satterfield

32. Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson

33. What Great Brands Do by Denise Lee Yohn

34. Conversations That Sell by Nancy Bleeke

35. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

36. The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

37. The Science of Why by David Forbes

38. SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham

39. The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer

40. Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith

I don’t have a total plan for all of my reading for 2020. Sometimes I just randomly find a book and pick it up and read it. Other times I pull from a wishlist I’ve created on my phone or on my Audible app. However, since it’s hard to get any physical books right now, I was just gifted a Kindle paperwhite with Kindle Unlimited for 30 days and I am beyond excited to have so many books available at my fingertips. So for now, here are a few of the books I have started reading, would like to read or plan on reading.

Books on my to-read list for 2020:

1. Throwing Ashes on The Buddha by Stephen Mitchell

2. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

3. Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer

4. Other People’s Money by John Kay

5. The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma

6. Brainfluence by Roger Dooley

7. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

8. Paid Attention by Faros Yakob

9. Reinventing the Product by Eric Schaeffer and David Sovie

10. Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger

11. The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

12. Little America by Kumail Nanjiani

13. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

14. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

15. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

16. The Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant

17. How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

18. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

19. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

20. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

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