• Archuleta A. Chisolm

My 5 Favorite Books During Quarantine


I can’t believe we’re in August, as 2020 has been nothing short of a whirlwind. It feels like everything around me has changed, and have yet to give a definition to what the “new normal” is. Although I’ve been writing more, I’ve also been reading more. I find solace in books, especially ones that I return to long after reading them. It’s always interesting to find new gems that I didn’t see the first time. I gravitate back to these books, because each one speaks to an area of my life that has been amplified during this time. This is a list of my favorite books during quarantine, across multiple genres, in no particular order.


Can We Talk? by Amber L. Wright

Shortly after moving to California, I attended an event hosted by Amber that was centered around her book. I had an amazing time meeting her and the other women. One of the things that stood out to me the most was her question “Where in life is your voice on mute?” I find myself revisiting that question often when life seems stagnant or uncertain. The book is packed with tools, guidance, and Amber’s personal stories that had me laughing and crying.


The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

I was not surprised to learn that the creator and mastermind of some of my favorite television shows was an introvert. Most creatives are. After Shonda Rhimes’ sister said to her: You never say yes to anything, it became a year-long challenge to say yes to everything that scared her. I love this book because it’s so honest and takes you on a journey of how she became her truest self.


Don’t Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be the daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes – pregnant at 14, married by 19, divorced by 22, and all the while under intense scrutiny. She shares her own personal journey that helps take you from your comfort zone to living the life you are intended to live.

The Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson

Reading books about writers on writing is one of my favorite things. Charles Johnson is an essayist, screenwriter, and has taught writing for over 30 years. He shares so much insight about the process of writing (including his own), word choice, structure, storytelling, and exploring the bigger picture about why you write and who you’re trying to reach.


Take the Leap by Sara Bliss

It fascinates me to read about the journey someone took to get to where they are. This book has the stories of over 60 people from various walks of life sharing how their journeys. I like that it includes people you can relate to; not all celebrities.

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