Books for the Bored

During a time of fear and uncertainty, books provide an escape from the news and reality of our ever changing world. If you are lucky enough to be safe at home, here is a list of books to help keep your mind busy. Most of them are recommendations, from awesome cousins and friends, but all have opened up my eyes to our world and what we can do.

With the increasing severity of coronavirus, ordering and getting these books delivered may be difficult, so I recommend audible (first book free) or online PDFs. However,, is an incredible online used bookstore, that has thousands of books for very affordable prices, and they are still sending out books so support small(er) businesses!

If you have personal recommendations to add, please leave them in the comments! Happy reading, stay safe everyone.

Social Justice

Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out, and Find the Courage to Lead by Lauren Peterson

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michael Alexander

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

White Fragility: White It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

(Shoutout to Raven Batshon for the majority of these recommendations, xoxo)

Motivational Non-Fictions

Educated by Tara Westover

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham*

I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson*

10% Happier by Dan Harris

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis*

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Anthropology and Geography

!Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman by Majorie Shostak

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn (a short, eye opening environmental justice book that I recommend to EVERYONE)


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass (hardcore fantasy, but INCREDIBLE, my FAVORITE)

* – Women centered


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