One of the best ways to entertain yourself during lockdown—aside from binge-watching Netflix shows—is by reading a book. 

With the Philippine government putting Luzon in enhanced community quarantine last 16 March 2020, many of us were forced to #StayHome until April. So, it’s been almost ten days since the lockdown, and you’re probably one of those who are running out of ideas to do at home—well, there’s never been a great time to read a book! Here at ShopBack, we’ve got you covered! 

Our team selected our best recommendations of bestselling books from previous years that you can read while you’re at home:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a short telling of the entire human history. In this provocative book, Yuval Noah Hahari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we’re going. If you want to challenge everything you know about being a human, this book is definitely for you!

 

The Infinite Game

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Are you playing the finite game or the infinite game? Simon Sinek applies game theory to how businesses achieve long-lasting success. The Infinite Game is a must-read for entrepreneurs looking to offer a bold new approach to their business strategy.

Three Women

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Who runs the world? Girls! Three Women is a book of hope for all the women out there. It tackles the lives of three remarkable women—and one unforgettable writer—whose life experiences remind us that we are not alone in this world.

Trust Exercise

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Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise is the kind of book that will hit you to the core. It incites heated conversations about fiction, truth, friendship, love, loyalties—and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of teenagers and the responsibilities of adults.

Dear Testaments

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“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testimonials of three female narrators from the land of Gilead.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

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This New York Times Best-seller writes of people caught between disparate worlds—and asks how we heal and rescue each other without forsaking our identity as a person. Ocean Vuong’s debut novel will make you question how to survive, but also make you find ways on how to find joy in it.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

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Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion is a masterpiece that has nine essays about the incentives that shape each and every one of us, and about how hard it is to recognise ourselves through the culture that revolves around us.

The Princess Bride

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What is The Princess Bride about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

A Song of Ice and Fire: 7-Volume 

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If you happen to be one of the few people who haven’t seen the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, then now’s the perfect time to immerse yourself in the world that George RR Martin created. Start by reading the books that inspired the series and discover the rise to power of Daenarys Targaryen and the last live dragons in the world.

Becoming: Michelle Obama

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Last on our list—but definitely not the least—is Becoming by Michelle Obama. In this bestseller, Obama invites readers into her world—from her childhood to being the First Lady of the United States of America.

 


Reading a book is a good way to kill time when you’re at home. For more book choices, check out Book Depository and National Bookstore. Get up to 30% cashback when you buy through ShopBack!