By Alexis Whiteford |

Looking for a good read while stuck inside? Take this quiz to find out what book genre you should read during quarantine! Keep track of your answers and find your results at the end. Happy reading!

You are at a restaurant and you’re getting ready to order. What item off of the menu would you choose?

  1. A. The house special
  2. Pasta and garlic bread
  3. Something you’ve never tried before but sounds interesting
  4. Ask the waiter and take their recommendation
  5. A hamburger with fries
  6. Your favorite food

You are hiking in a forest and come to a fork in the road. Which path do you take?

  1. The path that looks the smoothest with lots of wildlife
  2. The dark path but you can see lights in the distance
  3. The path that leads to a castle
  4. The path with lots of trees and plants
  5. The paved path with lots of flowers
  6. The path that leads to a beach

You are planning on getting a pet. Which animal do you choose?

  1. A fish
  2. A reptile of some sort
  3. A bird
  4. Whatever draws your attention at the pet store
  5. A cat
  6. A dog

You are planning on binge watching a show. Which show do you pick?

  1. The new documentary everyone is talking about
  2. Doctor Who
  3. Once Upon a Time
  4. Criminal Minds
  5. Downton Abbey
  6. The Office

You have a big trip coming up! Where are you going?

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Iceland
  3. New Zealand
  4. London
  5. Disneyland
  6. I’m having a staycation

Movie night! Which movie are you watching?

  1. Lincoln
  2. Star Wars
  3. The Wizard of Oz
  4. The Prestige
  5. The Sound of Music
  6. A Disney movie

Of the following, which is your favorite quote?

  1. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
  2. “Always question, always wonder.”
  3. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
  4. “It’s the unknown that draws people.”
  5. “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”
  6. “The things that make me different are the things that make me.”  

What is your favorite hang out spot on Baylor’s campus?

  1. Moody Library
  2. The Baylor Sciences Building
  3. The Bear Habitat
  4. Waco Hall
  5. Armstrong Browning Library 
  6. Pat Neff

Mostly A’s: Biography

Quarantine is a great time to learn about something or someone! Pick your favorite historical figure, celebrity, or someone you don’t know much about and find a book about them. On my bookshelf is A Republic, If You Can Keep It by Neil Gorsuch. It talks about his life and journey to becoming a Supreme Court Justice and his role in the judicial system. Dana Perino also has some books about her life and time as White House Press Secretary titled And the Good News is. My favorite, though, is the book dedicated to her dog called Let me tell you about Jasper.

Mostly B’s: Science Fiction

Try reading an out of this world story by picking up some science fiction! Discover an alternate universe or a parallel world with technology and stories different from today. I recommend The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Find out the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything and follow the hilarious adventure of Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect as they travel around the universe. The prequel for The Hunger Games is coming out soon so now may also be the perfect time to revisit Panem.   

Mostly C’s: Fantasy

Escape the mundane and take a trip into a thrilling new world! There is a lot going on in the world today, but it’s nothing compared to the excitement of a faraway land filled with intrigue. I recommend reading The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. Follow the tale of memorable characters trying to stop evil from taking over Middle Earth. It is hard to list Tolkien without mentioning C.S. Lewis who wrote the much loved Chronicle of Narnia. In this series, you can read about Narnia, a land filled with magic, fantastic beasts, and enough adventure to last you through the quarantine.

Mostly D’s: Mystery

Looking for a clue on what to read during quarantine? Mystery solved! You should read an exciting tale about sleuths trying to catch the bad guy. Quarantine may be a little dull at times but nothing beats trying to figure out who the killer is with the protagonist detective. I suggest looking into the “Queen of Mystery,” Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None is one of her most popular stories and one of my personal favorites. You can follow along with the adventures of her characters Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple in her other series and novels. If you want more mysteries, you can also take a trip to 221B Baker Street where Sherlock Holmes, a character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, uses logic and observation skills to solve cases around London. 

Mostly E’s: Classic

Curl up with a comforting classic! While new books are always coming out, there is nothing like a tried-and-true book that has been appreciated through generations. I suggest Pride and Prejudice or any Jane Austen novel. Austen creates entertaining characters and plenty of wit to keep you entertained while staying inside. 1800s romances not your thing? Try Ernest Hemingway. You can read exciting action scenes and a tragic romance with A Farewell to Arms.

Mostly F’s: A Familiar Favorite 

Discovering a new read is exciting, but nothing can beat your old favorite! Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a book that you know you will enjoy. The Harry Potter series is something I’m always ready to pick up and read. If I want a change from the wizarding world, I’ll pick up the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. In this series, the Greek gods actually exist. Riordan’s stories follow the tale of young demigods trying to save the world. In times like today, it might be nice to have a comforting read.