Creatives in Quarantine: Writers
The one good thing I can say about this quarantine is that it has allowed me to slow down my daily routine. As a full-time college student, there really is no slowing down. It’s late night study sessions, then a full day of classes. Because of this continuous schedule, I barely had time to do one activity that I love: read. But, since being quarantined, I have had time to slow down my schedule and get lost in a book…or a few. Picking up a book can seem a little daunting, but don’t worry. I have a couple good books up my sleeve that appeal to all different types of people.
The first one on deck is a memoir: Acid for the Children by Flea. Flea, aka Michael Peter Balzary, is the bassist for the band The Red Hot Chili Peppers. His autobiography begins with Flea’s childhood in Australia. The book follows his family’s move to New York, then finally to Los Angeles. He describes what it is like to be a “street rat” in the seventies. Meeting his best friend in school, Anthony Kiedis, the soon to be then, and now lead vocalist of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The book highlights the madness of the Rockstar lifestyle and the toll it took on him. This memoir is an incredible read if you enjoy music and/or rock history. The way Flea details his life is incredibly personal. The memoir reads as if you wrote it yourself.
The next book is a work of fiction. Lately, I have been in a rut with fiction and have been gravitating more towards non-fiction/memoirs. But Sally Rooney’s Normal People, definitely broke that rut. The novel tells the story of Connell and Marianne- two kids from the same small town in Ireland. The two begin as complete polar opposites, but end up bonding in an unlikely way and begin a relationship. The book follows them throughout their university years. I know, that sounds incredibly generic. But, this story is anything but generic. The novel is beautifully written with incredibly detailed picturesque scenes of the Ireland countryside and the city of Dublin. Trust me when I tell you that you will not be able to put it down once you start it. But, if you’re not that much of a reader, check out the series version on Hulu. It is just as addicting as the novel.
The next novel is a reread for me: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This is a classic, though a beast of a read, a classic nonetheless. It was one of my favorite books growing up and with the recent 2019 film adaptation, I decided to put the book back on my radar. The novel tells the story of Jo, an aspiring writer, and the relationship between her sisters. It is a rollercoaster of a novel in that you’ll be in tears one minute then laughing the next. It is a classic for a reason. That’s enough of my recommendations. I got some more to fuel your creative soul from the head of the House himself. All of these writers have a solid Instagram following. Their content is incredibly creative and artistic based. Their posts are short poetry and it is incredibly easy to get lost in their page as you scroll through the countless enlightening posts. Go check them out!
Kavya Dixit (@words.and.roses)
Idil Ahmed (@idillionaire)
Mazel J (@mazelogue)
I highly recommend checking out these accounts. Their words are inspiring and help keep a sense of gratitude for life. Another book that comes highly recommended, one that I have been meaning to check out myself is The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. Works of literature such as this that teach about life and how we function in it can bring a sense of peace during this time. But all of these works come highly recommended as getting lost in a different world and the world of a good book is necessary. Stay creative.