We have been at home for a while now and will be for a whole time longer. Now is an opportune time to catch up with your reading and for newbies, develop an excellent habit. Reading just 15 minutes a day, boosts your creativity, improves your memory and reduce stress other than many more mental benefits.

Here are some of our picks for Lockdown 2.0:

  1. Democracy Hacked: Political Turmoil and Information Warfare in the Digital Age by Martin Moore (Non-Fiction)

Although a non-fiction book on how technology and mass platforms are redefining the meaning of politics, true journalism, datafication, freedom and individual expression, Martin Moore writes how democracies are truly being gamed using platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google and autocracies are getting their way by spreading misinformation with a thriller appeal to the narration.

2. Essence of the Upanishads: A Key to Indian Spirituality by Eknath Easwaran (Spirituality)

In this clear and simple interpretation of one of the most important Upanishads, the Katha Upanishad, author Eknath Easwaran shows how timeless the Indian spiritual message and context is even for the modern world citizen. Narrating the mythical story of a young hero, Nachiketa who passes into the kingdom of death in search of immortality, Eknath truly provides practical, timeless and transcendental advice for better living.

3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Humor)

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

Originally published in 1605, Don Quixote (pronounced 'Kihote') is considered the first modern novel written in Spanish. Filled with belly hurting humor, readers will follow the misadventures of Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho across the lands of Spain. Filled with experimental form and literary playfulness, this book is sure to bring a smile on your face and those occasional bursts of laughter.

4. Wool (Silo Series #1) by Hugh Howey (Science Fiction)

Wool by Hugh Howey

Another dystopian novel that is truly different from its predecessors. Locked up in underground cities, while the world outside is no more livable, people struggle to survive and dream big dreams. But again, there is a cost for every dream. Hugh Howey draws us into this somber but fantastic world filled with rules, hopes, punishment and realization.

5. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Fiction)

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Award winning novelist, Min Jin Lee's Pachinko spans multiple generations. Richly told and profoundly moving, it is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.