How long can you endlessly scroll down your social media feeds? When boredom hits hard, it’s pretty difficult to find anything interesting to do. You keep refreshing your feed only to see the same thing over and over again. And after a certain point, even looking at your phone’s screen makes you feel sick.
Best Books To Read When You Are BORED!
But don’t you worry, I will share some book recommendations that will save you from such mindless scrolling and boredom. These books/novels are some of my most favourite reads that kept me entertained throughout. And no, I am not going to talk about Harry Potter – not even once. However, reading the entire series all over again is not that bad an idea after all. But if you want to read something fresh and new, then you will love this list for sure. Now without any further delay, let’s jump into the recommendations right away.
“Radio Silence” by Alice Oseman
Radio Silence is every reader’s dream book. You dive into the book, and from the very first page, you are completely hooked. And in no time, you will end up reading quite a big chunk of the book. The story of Radio Silence revolves around Frances, Aled and a podcast named “Universe City.” For those who are sick of reading quintessential romance novels, Radio Silence will be a breath of fresh air, since it’s not a love story. Yes, you would expect it to turn into one, but the author makes it very clear at the beginning itself that Frances and Aled are not going to fall in love with each other. The book explores the beauty of platonic relationships and queerness. Interesting, isn’t it?
“Mrs Funnybones” by Twinkle Khanna
This one is a perfect read for a bored soul who is not looking for anything intense. Mrs Funnybones, as the name suggests, is a funny and light read. Twinkle Khanna is so witty throughout the book that you will end up laughing out pretty loud if not louder. She is so humorous that you are bound to feel light and relieved. Also, extra brownie points to Twinkle Khanna for making the book an easy and simple read.
“Killing Commendatore” by Haruki Murakami
Alright, the moment you see the thickness of the book you are going to come at me like, ‘Why would you recommend us a dictionary?’ But listen to me, okay? The book may resemble a dictionary, but trust me when I say this – YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN ONCE YOU START READING IT! Killing Commendatore is easily one of my favourite Murakami books. And you can easily trust Murakami. His books will never bore you, to say the least. You may like his books, or you may hate him to his bones, but you will never be bored. So, if you want to do something adventurous but are literally stuck at home, Killing Commendatore is the book for you, my friend. You can thank me later!
“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman
If you love fantasy, fiction and anything that’s a bit on the crazier side then you should pick this book right now. If you are unsure because of the title of the book, then let me break it down for you. So, the protagonist of the novel is a man named Shadow. After he is released from the prison, he is approached by a strange man named Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job. And in no time Shadow finds himself sucked in a weird and dangerous world of mythological characters and god knows whatnot. I don’t know how Neil Gaiman could pull off this book because honestly, it’s crazy. There are so many characters and so much happening throughout the book that I was just amazed. Oh, and did I tell you that there is goddess Kali and Lord Ganesh in the book as well? So, are you still going to scroll down your Facebook feed or what? Go grab the book already!
“Gun Island” by Amitav Ghosh
I will not beat around the bush and tell you right away that Gun Island is a ridiculous book. I don’t know what Amitav Ghosh was thinking while writing this book. I guess he was confused like an owl flying around the neighbourhood in the middle of a bright tropical afternoon. The protagonist of the book is a man named Deenanath Dutta, nicknamed Deen (ridiculous, ikr!) who is a collector of rare books and runs a business around the same. So, he comes back to India for some business purpose and gets himself tangled in a strange storyline involving Manasha Devi, the goddess of snakes! And just when you think that the book is going to be a mythological read, Amitav Ghosh throws themes of human trafficking, drug racket, terrorism, climate change, right at your face. So yes, the book is absolutely ridiculous but oh-my-goodness trust me when I say this, Gun Island is one of the most interesting books that I have ever read. It’s so stupid that it’s actually brilliant. And before you sense the contradiction, let me tell you that human life is a contradiction itself, so might as well get yourself acquainted with it, eh?
“Let It Snow” by John Green
John Green is one of the most widely loved authors in the world. His novels The Fault in our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska and Turtles all the way down were loved by so many readers around the globe. His unconventional characters and unique storylines interest almost everyone. I highly recommend his book. He wrote “Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances” along with two other authors (Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle). Especially if you are bored and want to read something fun, romantic, mushy and chill then this book will really impress you.
“The Bookish Life of Nina Hill” by Abbi Waxman
Nina Hill, the protagonist of the book, is so relatable that I can’t even begin to describe. The story revolves around Nina, who is a bookworm, and works at a library. But suddenly she gets to know that her father, who she never met in her life, has died and apparently has mentioned Nina’s name in his will. Nina then discovers her entire family that includes brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. This newfound information overwhelms her until she realises that her family is interested in knowing her as well. Honestly, I loved the book to bits. The writing style is extremely fresh and will surely drag you out of boredom.
“All Our Wrong Todays” by Elan Mastai
If I get one such opportunity where I can get access to someone’s brain, I would definitely like to check out Elan Mastai’s brain. If you find the concept of time-travel fascinating, then you will end up falling in love with this book. Now there are so many books on time travel, and they are all so amazing. But I feel this book is so freaking underrated. “All Our Wrong Todays” is a book about this guy whose father is a scientist working on a time travel project. Now, this guy is no genius, but since he is his genius father’s son, he has to become a chrononaut (time traveller) and be a part of the time travel project. And then he ends up messing everything up because of one small mistake. I promise you this book is so crazy that you will forget the concept of boredom!
“If There’s No Tomorrow” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
So, you are chilling on your couch, tired of watching car crash compilations on YouTube and now you want to read something that won’t be too intense yet captivating enough. Well, in such a case I highly recommend this book since it’s a pretty cool book that has really chilled out characters too. The plot of this book revolves around Lena, who is pretty much in love with her best friend Sebastian (who is damn hot by the way) and is also hiding a huge truth from him. She is scared that if she reveals her secret, then everyone, including Sebastian, will end up hating her. I personally found the book an easy and refreshing read. Not to mention, I was going through a terrible reading slump when I picked this book, and it helped. Yay!
“Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
First of all, Elizabeth Gilbert is a badass. I love all her books, but this one is a bit too close to my heart. Eat Pray Love is a memoir wherein Elizabeth shares her story of exploring herself while searching for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia. After being unhappy in her marriage and fighting pretty hard to get a divorce from her husband, she takes a trip around the world to discover new possibilities. I loved how honest she was throughout the book. She shares every bit of her vulnerabilities and heartbreaks. So, if you are looking for an intense read, wherein you can explore emotions such as heartbreaks and healing, then this book is a must-read for you. And since you are anyway bored then why not start reading it right now!
I hope these recommendations excited you enough to pick these books and read them. You see, the best way to battle boredom is to throw a book at it and smash the life out of it – not literally though! Lol. Have you read any of these books? Let us know if we missed any of your favourite books as well! Happy Reading!