Which Quarantined Book Character Are You Most Like?

Whether you're loving life indoors or going stir crazy, we have a book character for you.

miss havisham, a quarantined book character
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Like most people at the moment, all the editors at Early Bird Books are working from home, staying inside as much as possible and doing our best to help keep coronavirus from spreading. And the more time we spend indoors, the more we’ve been thinking about book characters who were also sequestered from the rest of the world—though not always by their own volition. 

Below are 10 book characters most of us have felt like at one moment or another during our self-quarantines. From hermits to loners and even a castaway or two, we’re empathizing with all of our favorite isolated characters.

Related: Quarantine Reads: All the Books You Can't Put Down 

If you never liked going outside anyway...

boo radley, a quarantined book character
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Boo Radley

Buy To Kill a Mockingbird at Amazon

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Everybody’s favorite misunderstood recluse, Boo Radley rarely ventured outdoors, except to leave the occasional present for Scout and Jem. 

Related: 12 To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes to Make You Understand People 

If self-quarantine has put your dating life on hold...

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    Photo Credit: Johnny Gruelle

Rapunzel

Buy The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales at Amazon

The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

By The Brothers Grimm

The most beautiful girl in the world, Rapunzel is locked away in a tower and waiting to be saved by a prince. Thankfully, these days you can go on virtual dates in lieu of growing out your hair to use as a ladder. 

If you wish your job was “essential” so you could leave the house...

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Sirius Black

Buy Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at Amazon

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

In The Order of the Phoenix, Sirius was frustrated that everyone else was taking all the risks while he stayed cooped up at his childhood home, 12 Grimmauld Place.

If you are now addicted to online gaming…

wade watts, a quarantined book character
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Wade Watts

Buy Ready Player One at Amazon

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

In Ready Player One, Wade Watts is living in a future where most people spend their time in OASIS, a virtual world created by an eccentric genius.

If you’ve been wearing the same sweatpants for a week…

miss havisham, a quarantined book character in great expectations
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Miss Havisham

Buy Great Expectations at Amazon

Great Expectations

By Charles Dickens

Once left at the altar, Miss Havisham lives out her days in her ruined mansion and wears her wedding dress for the rest of her life. Honestly, we can hardly blame her.

Related: Famous Book Characters We'd Love to Hang Out With 

If you’ve been spying on your neighbors for entertainment…

anna fox, a quarantined book character in the woman in the window
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Anna Fox

Buy The Woman in the Window at Amazon

The Woman in the Window

By A.J. Finn

In this psychological thriller book, Anna spends her days drinking wine, watching old movies and spying on her neighbors, the Russells. But one day, she sees something she shouldn’t.

Related: 8 Light Thriller Books to Make You Glad You're Social Distancing 

If you’ve been taking on a lot of DIY projects…

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Robinson Crusoe

Buy Robinson Crusoe at Amazon

Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe

Did you finally put up that shelf or paint that wall? Then you can relate to Robinson Crusoe, a castaway who spent 28 years on a remote desert island and dried his own raisins, raised goats, made pottery, hunted, and grew his own barley and rice. 

If you’re quarantined with family and having a lot more fun than you expected...

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The Swiss Family Robinson

Buy Swiss Family Robinson at Amazon

Swiss Family Robinson

By Johann David Wyss

You may have seen the classic live action Disney film about a family that becomes shipwrecked on an island in the East Indies, but you’re missing out if you’ve never read the original book by Johann David Wyss. P.S.—you can keep the quarantine family fun going with these literary board games for book lovers

If your cat is driving you insane…

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Pi Patel

Buy Life of Pi at Amazon

Life of Pi

By Yann Martel

If your home is starting to feel like it’s not big enough for you and your cat, you can probably relate to Pi, who is stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. 

If you feel like you’re going insane…

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The Woman in "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Buy The Yellow Wallpaper at Amazon

The Yellow Wallpaper

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

We don’t all do well on our own—especially in rooms with barred windows, “scratched and gouged and splintered floors,” and intricately designed yellow wallpaper. 

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Published on 27 Mar 2020