IT/IQ’s Social Isolation Reading List

The average person spends over thirty minutes commuting each day. As most of us are working from home that means we have an extra half an hour, or more, each day. Instead of scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, you can use this extra time for reading. Reading is a great way to make use of your extra time. Whether you’re trying to work on self-improvement, laugh, or spend time with your family, books are a great way to expand your knowledge and unwind after work.

1. Personal Growth 

Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is a must-read. If you haven’t found time to read it yet, now’s the time. With intimate examples from leaders like Rockefeller, Charles Schwab, and FDR, this guide covers how to get ahead in every area of your life, from business to personal relationships. Try reading one chapter each day while working at home, you’ll be far better for it.

2. Family Friendly

Now that your whole family is at home it’s a great time to read aloud together. “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is a fun, adventurous escape into the pirate world, guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Stevenson’s creation of Treasure Island has forever changed our view of the pirate world and has  enchanted young and old readers for over a century.

3. Technical Knowledge 

If light reading isn’t your thing, then Scott Schober’s “Cybersecurity Is Everybody’s Business” might be the right book for you. This book is for anyone who wants to keep their business or home safe from cybersecurity attacks like malware spying, phishing attacks, ransomware, identity theft, and major breaches. Schrober reminds us that we’re all fighting cyberattacks together, which is why it’s everybody’s business.

4. Hopeful Inspiration

We could all use some inspiration right now, and Harriet Tubman’s story is incredibly inspiring and hopeful. As the “Moses” of the Underground Railroad, Tubman was a real-life superhero—escaping from slavery and helping over seventy others do the same. In Catherine Clinton’s “Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom” Tubman comes to life on the page, reminding us what courage looks like, whether it’s finding freedom, working for the Underground Railroad or as a Union spy, or fighting for women’s rights.

5. Light and Fun

Even as our lives lose their narrative structure, Jane Austen’s novels are comforting not only because of their happy endings but also because of their social structure. Try reading her classic, “Emma” a delightful comedy of manners, misunderstandings, and romance. Afterward, watch the new film adaption starring Anya Talyor-Joy as the aspiring matchmaker.

Read and Relax

During these unprecedented times caused by COVID-19, reading is a perfect way to unwind alone or with friends and family. For more tips and tricks as you navigate your life at home, visit Vancouver-based Tech Recruiters IT/IQ online at

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