Social isolation, as it turns out, is hard. Binging your favourite shows eventually results in blurry eyes. Excessive Instagram scrolling can land you a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome—or at least a bad thumb cramp. And video conferencing with friends just doesn’t have that personal touch. Instead, we recommend curling up with a good book. But what book to choose? How about one of these five formidable survival tales, each one taking a different vantage on coping with isolation. You might just pick up a few tips.