Books to Read While Quarantined

If you’re looking for a good book to read during this tough period of social distancing and are in need of some recommendations – check out these themed lists compiled by Greenwich Librarians!

National Immigrant Heritage Month:

June is National Immigrant Heritage Month , a time to celebrate diversity and immigrants’ shared American heritage and their stories.

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month:

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Celebrate Pride Month with an offering from our Digital Library Collection, featuring fiction, non-fiction as well as memoirs.

Read it Before You See It:

Movie theaters are closed, but streaming services are open. While we keep social distancing and spending more time at home you can read these books and then watch the movie or show. If you don’t have any of these streaming services don’t feel too bad, I think the book will be better than the show.

Robin’s Fiction Goodies: 

Robin is one of our biggest readers at Greenwich Library and now you can check out some of her personal fiction/mystery/thriller “goodies” from the last few years. Enjoy!

Intriguing Mysteries:

A mix of mystery writers, some published decades ago and others just recently, but all have one thing in common, each writes beautifully.

Books Set in Far-Away Places:

Many of us could use a change of scenery these days; why not try one of these engrossing fiction ebooks, all set in far-away, exotic locales and part of the Digital Library Collection.

Novel Ladies:

Women jump out of their comfort zones and are pleasantly surprised at what they discover.

If you liked Mrs. America, You’ll Enjoy These:

Brush up on feminism and the most memorable wave: second wave feminism and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) movement. Read up on icons such as Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chishol, Bella Abzug, Jill Ruckelshaus, and many other collective voices that took part in the movement and the history of feminism that continues to fuel movements past and present.

Calming eBooks for Trying Times from the Digital Library:

Need a little inspiration to help you through these trying, uncertain times? Try one of these non-fiction eBook gems from our digital collection to bring some zen back into your daily routine.

On My “To-Be-Read” Pile:

Greenwich Librarian Stephen shares some of the books that are on his “To-Be-Read” list, which he’ll now have lots of time to read while social distancing! Check out the list to see if any titles spark your interest.

Quarantine and Our Library:

It has been a really tough couple of weeks and many of you have been in quarantine for over a week. It can be really lonely and the library was our place in the community where we could feel less alone and it is hard to be apart. Here are some Library materials I’ve been using to keep me company.

Healthy Plant-Based Food Resources:

During this at-home period, choose to keep making healthy food choices. This is a great time to explore the world of plant-based eating!

Digital Cookbooks – Borrow Now, Cook Later:

Trying to figure out something to do around the house? Look no further than these cookbooks for inspiration to get you started cooking. Check your pantry, see what ingredients you have, and then try a new recipe.

Best Business Books in eBook & Audiobook:

Escape from woes of the current economic market and pick up an ebook or audiobook on investment, financial history, corporate finance, and key subjects in the business world.

2020 Audie Award Winners:

As one of the most popular formats available, downloadable audiobooks have become full-fledged productions with amazing casts narrating these exceptional stories. Here are the best of the best.

Movies on Hoopla to Enjoy Right Now:

Movies with Romance and Humor:

Movie gems that convince us that dreams really do come true.

Great Comedians:

Enjoy some of our greatest comedians, who may be from yesterday year, but whose routines live on forever.

Unflappable Lady Detectives:

Watch English and Australian female detectives, whose relentless pursuit of the bad guys is a mix of brilliance, quirkiness, and humor.

Film Noir on Hoopla Digital: 

If you find yourself crazy late at night, why not watch a few classic film noirs courtesy of Greenwich Library and hoopla digital. Gangsters, double-crossers, sinister ladies, dark alleys and smoking guns. Here are just a few of the titles you can watch on your smart TV, computer or tablet.

Children’s eBooks:

2020 Intermediate Nutmeg Book Award Nominees:

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles all across Connecticut.