What to read during lockdown

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By Nelisa Khwela

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 2 of VARSITY News.


Whilst we are all being encouraged to stay at home and practice social distancing, Scribd, an eBook and audiobook app, has made a free 30-day membership available to everyone. It only requires you to sign up on https://www.scribd.com with a Facebook or Google account and doesn’t require any credit card information. This gives you access to its vast collection of eBooks, magazines, audiobooks and podcasts. The e-books are only 1-2MB each to download making it a data-friendly option as well.


My 4 top picks from the app are:


Self-help/Productivity: The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth

This book is a practical guide in helping you to get rid of the excuses and start developing habits that will help you to achieve your goals. It’s a great read if you’re aiming to get into a new habit during the lockdown such as exercising, learning a skill or even attempting to finish your assignments well before the deadline.


Self-improvement: …For Dummies series

If you’re aiming to learn something new during the lockdown, this is the book series for you. I’m currently reading ‘Portuguese for Dummies’ but Scribd also has Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese etc. Titles also include programming, astrology, statistics, philosophy and drawing.


Fiction: 1984 by George Orwell

Considered a “dystopian masterpiece”, everyone should read this classic at least once in their life. Expect a totalitarian state where citizens are controlled through government surveillance, propaganda through media and the repression of free speech and thought. Although published in 1949, it will give you a lot to think about in terms of where our modern-day society is headed. You’ll also discover where the concept of Big Brother comes from…


Poetry: Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry

This Instagram poet explores life, love and longing in concise free verse poems accompanied by striking watercolour images. This anthology may lead you on a reflective journey or inspire you to try your hand at poetry as well.


Happy reading!


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