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Books That Got Me Through Lockdown- World Book Day 2021

Maream Merza is a First Year Architecture Student. Image from Pixabay by StockSnaps.

It is World Book Day (Thursday March 4th 2021) and I am taking the time to celebrate my favourite books and pieces of arts provided by the authors around the world because I love books that much.


I read a lot, and I read many types of books, whether that be online or holding a physical book in my hand, novels or manga, I read a lot. During lockdown, I have become especially attached in an unconscious way to stories that deal with apocalyptic conditions or the concept of a dystopian future.

During lockdown, I read The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and in my opinion, they are so much better than the movies. If you don’t know it, it is a book about young adults within a specific age range that get put in a maze by a higher governing body and they have to get out by solving it and later on get put through another mission all in order to collect enough data to create a cure to a virus that spread around after the sun scorched the earth. Pretty similar right? Excluding the scorching sun of course. It was an interesting read considering the situation at the time.

As well as that, I also read my all-time favourite manga (a Japanese style comic/graphic book) called Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama. This story is about huge beasts called titans breaching a specific district in the city in which the main character lives and after a traumatizing experience, he takes it upon himself to join the military and train to kill them all with amazing plot twists. He along with many important characters embark on this journey of uncovering secrets and proving theories, shedding light on the world’s state, doubts in history, the military, its strategies and dedication, government corruption, the ideals of religion and many other aspects that I consider make a perfect novel as it is educational and thought provoking.

Another one of my favourite books of all time is Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I am not a romantic but ironically this is one of my favourite novels. It is a story about a dystopian future in which love is considered to be a disease and there is a cure that will make sure you don’t get the hysteria and blindness that comes when someone falls in love. It is quite interesting considering the how main character unfolds and learns about the concept of love from a rebel which contradicts her teachings of love being a disease. It is unique because I have never thought of love embodying the expression “forbidden love” but seeing how the book has explored it, makes the read all the more interesting and the ending the saddest endings of all.

What I like about these stories is the basic idea of the creation of a new world in an unpredictable future. The similarity between the concepts of these stories is undeniable. And of course, one keeps reading because true wealth is knowledge. Even if it’s just fiction.

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