on the nightstand

March 2020- Escapism Reading List

When you are asked to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of a mysterious illness, and you are a reader, you’re going to react one of two ways:

  1. Let’s analyze real life vs. all the book plots.
  2. Let’s read about anything other than a grim future.

Shockingly, I’m in camp two. I’m as surprised as you are. And so, I collected (meaning I scrolled through Good Reads) and pulled out some books that didn’t make me anxious. In fact, they all make me smile. I included a couple books for adults, but these are mostly books that we as a family enjoyed.

I have all these books listed on Amazon, but check your library for an E-book if you can. I’ll add to the list over there as I think of more.

Whether you are replicating school at home, relaxing, already homeschooling, or just letting the kids be feral: reading aloud for even 15 minutes a day will become something that they will remember, and you’ll create some shared memories.

By Jenny Naughton

JENNY NAUGHTON and her husband share their 1930's era Chicago home with four sons and a daughter. A voracious reader, Jen reviews books before their release for dozens of publishers on her page: Windy City Reader. Jen also blogs (on WordPress!) about classical, mostly secular, home education at Good Enough Homeschool.
In her spare time, she runs an online book club for teens and helps other home educating family match their kids with the perfect book for them.
You can find Jen misbehaving on social media on
Twitter: @jennynau10

Leave a Reply