So I saw Princess of Paperback created a tag on her booktube channel called ‘Stay At Home’ tag, and I decided that was a great tag to do during times like this, especially in the UK where it seems our lockdown has been extended.
Laying in Bed – Book you could/have read in a day
So this may be cheating slightly as it’s a graphic novel, but one book I read in one sitting was ‘Nimona‘ by Nicole Stevenson. This was such a fun read with beautiful artwork and great characters, and it’s definitely a graphic novel I would recommend not matter whether you love that genre or not. I’m thinking it might be time for a reread now thinking about it.
Snacking – Guilty pleasure book
Now I don’t really believe in ‘guilty pleasures’, if it sparks joy in your life don’t feel guilty about it, who cares if someone else find it ‘cringey’? But one the book/series I immediately thought of was the ‘The Night World‘ series by L. J. Smith. Did anyone else ever read this? I read them when I was 11 whilst I was in my big vampire/paranormal phase and adored these, and I’ve found myself eyeing them up on my bookshelf recently (yes, I still own my copies, one has literally fallen apart because I read it so often as a child). I’m still mad that L. J. Smith never wrote the final book for this series.
Netflix – Series you want to start
There’s a lot of series I could pick for this one, but one I’ve recently added to my TBR is ‘The Daevabad Trilogy‘ by S. A. Chakraborty that starts with ‘The City of Brass‘. These seem to be everywhere at the moment and I keep hearing really good things about them, and I want see what it’s all about. It’s probably not one I’m going to start any time soon as I have a lot of things to read currently, but one I’m hoping is in my near future.
Deep Clean – Been on your TBR for AGES
According to my Goodreads, the book that’s been on TBR for the longest is ‘The Queen’s Poisoner‘ by Jeff Wheeler. This was added to my TBR in mid 2016 and currently has an average rating of 4.12 on Goodreads, so it’s kind of a crime I haven’t got to it yet. That’s one I should probably be looking into during this time when I have nothing else to do.
Animal Crossing – A book you bought recently because of the hype
I am guilty of hype-buying, and ‘Crescent City‘ is one book I definitely decided to buy because of hype recently, as I’m sure many people have. I’m not sure why I did buy it to be honest, because whilst I like Sarah J Maas’ books as they’re really easy and entertaining to read, I still haven’t finished the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, so I really shouldn’t be buying another Sarah J Maas fantasy book right now.
Productivity – a book you learnt from/impacted you
I know this is a cliché answer and it’s still the answer I always give to this question because there is no other book like this. ‘To Kill A Mockingbird‘ is one of those few books that will stay with you for the rest of your life for all the right reasons: not because you obsessed over a male character or a romance, but because you learnt something from it. There are so many things you can take away from this book, and it’s a book I think should be mandatory reading in schools.
Facetime – A book you were gifted
I don’t get many books as gifts for some reason, partly because I think people don’t know what I already own, but one I was gifted about half a year ago was ‘The Testaments‘. As someone who enjoyed ‘The Handmaids Tale’ as a TV show and as a book I was really excited to read this but was unfortunately let down. This really is a YA book, and I don’t think it was well-suited to the YA genre, nor did I think Margaret Atwood’s writing is suited to the genre. This would have been a lot better if she had stuck to adult fiction, and it would have let her explore certain themes in a deeper more complex way you can’t achieve in the YA genre.
Self care – One thing you’ve done to take care of yourself
I’ve recently started doing some yoga in the mornings after a little reading. I’ve found it helps me relax and get me to focus before I start my day. It’s also made me realise how inflexible I am!
BONUS – A book release you’re excited for
‘The Gilded Ones‘ is listed as being released on May 26th and I am so excited for it! All the ARC reviews I’ve seen have been great and the premise sounds incredible, the idea of a young girl being offered the chance to fight in an all-girl, immortal army for their empire is something that I never knew I needed until I heard it. As well as that, it sounds like there’s going to be a little bit of mystery surrounding the empire and I’m here for it.
I don’t really know anyone on here yet so I tag everyone who happens to stumble upon this! If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged by me.