Hello fellow bookworms! We’re currently in the middle of a, pretty much worldwide, pandemic, with a lot of people having to quarantine themselves and socially distance themselves from others. On top of the anxiety and panic the virus is causing, being stuck inside, potentially alone, is not an ideal situation for a lot of people.
I’ve created a short blog series, Bookworm Survival Kit: 2020 Edition, to help you get through the current situation.
So far on Bookworm Survival Kit, we’ve discussed audiobooks you can listen to while you work, small things you can do every day to take care of yourself, and activities you can do from the comfort of your home to fill this massive expanse of time. I’m just about to enter my fourth week of home-working and I’ve been getting so much more done than I would usually which is great! I am yet to spend an entire day reading, but it’s definitely on my list of things to do… why not take advantage of having to stay at home?! Don’t forget, you can’t read for a whole day if you don’t start in the morning! I’m here today to suggest 5 books/series to keep your boredom at bay. They come in all sizes, some longer, some shorter, and some to completely transport you to escape the ever-present anxiety and panic…
5 Books To Get You Through Your Social Distancing Days
The Corset by Laura Purcell
This was my favourite book of 2019 and I will definitely be reading Purcell’s other two books very soon. They are deliciously addictive and if you’re looking for a book to read in one sitting, this is the one for you, especially if you like crime, mystery, and historical fiction.
The Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson
This trilogy is fantastic! Another set of books you can get through very quickly and are truly addictive! If you like trying to solve a crime, and enjoy a YA school setting with a twist, this is definitely for you. The trilogy recently concluded with The Hand On The Wall so you have all three to binge to your heart’s content.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
This book is so relevant right now, and I believe everybody should have a copy on their bookshelf. You can read cover to cover or you can dip in and out, and there will be a section of this book for everyone to relate to in these difficult times. It reminds us we are not alone in this and how important it is to take care of your mental health as much as your physical health, and to do whatever you feel is right to keep yourself safe, both in body and mind. My favourite chapter is Note to self.
The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
If you’re in need of some true escapism, this is a trilogy for you. I recommend reading The Mortal Instruments first, but if you’re looking for a shorter fantasy series, you could probably read these without having read any of Clare’s other Shadowhunter books. This is my favourite series of hers so far, and the characters are the perfect kind for you to fall in love with and then they will undoubtedly destroy your life. Give it a try…
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
This book is long enough to keep you occupied for a while, and you’ll probably come out of it with the feeling that you need to read it again just to make full sense of the entire story. The book itself is fabulously written, but it really is a rollercoaster of characters and interwoven story lines, throw in some time travel and you have a very complex book which is perfect for you to devour or chew at in smaller sections if you really find yourself needing to concentrate on what’s going on!
If you’re really struggling to choose a book, you could always use this time to do a Harry Potter re-read…
What books have you managed to read so far whilst in lockdown? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know what you’ve been reading!
Take care everyone.
Until next time…
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