Hello fellow bookworms! While in isolation, I attempted to take part in the Stay Home Reading Rush, run by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay. This was my first Reading Rush and I took part mainly on Instagram, and I had the best time! It was a lot of fun to do the picture challenges, as well as having an excuse to do a lot of reading. This wasn’t a full length read-a-thon, it ran across four days, Thursday to Sunday, which worked out great for me because I have Friday afternoons off work now and the whole weekend to get stuck in to some books! The Reading Rush have also planned this fun tag post which you can do to celebrate the read-a-thon and let other people know what you’ve been reading and how you’re doing during the four days!
How is your reading going while staying home?
I am reading so much while at home! I’m missing out on my reading time during my commute and I’m very much making up for it. It is such a great tool for escapism and I seem to be neglecting other things I could be doing to get more reading done…
Where have you been reading at home?
I did a tidy up during the first few days at home and made myself a book nook where I’m doing a lot of reading, but I’m yet to make it really comfortable (because it has pile of books in it!) so I’ve also been a lot in bed and a little bit outside as well when we had some warm weather over Easter.
Best book you’ve read during isolation?
I’ve read a few really good books since I started my quarantine on March 17th:
- The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3) by Maureen Johnson
- One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- Toffee by Sarah Crossan
What’s your favourite feel good book?
Harry Potter will always by a feel good book/series for me, or The Book Thief, which I feel is quite relevant at this time, being all about the power of books and reading in times of fear and uncertainty.
Book you wish you could buy or borrow from the library?
I really want to buy Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, as it’s the perfect time to read big books now, but it’s hardback and it’s still so expensive!
Author you want to shout out during this time?
Sarah Crossan! I read Toffee in a day, I couldn’t put it down. Her writing is incredibly powerful and there are some really amazing stories running through the poetry. It’s my first YA poetry book and I will definitely be reading more!
What is your Reading Rush TBR?
I didn’t really plan a proper TBR for this read-a-thon, partly because I didn’t think I’d get a lot of time to read, but here’s a few books that I have on my immediate TBR that could fit the prompts:
- Read a book with a house on the cover – Toffee (read)
- Read a book in the same room the whole time – I’ll Give You The Sun (currently reading)
- Read a book set somewhere you wish you could go – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, obviously Hogwarts (currently listening)
- Read a book that will make you smile – Little Women (currently reading/listening), or any of the above
I don’t think I’ll finish all of these but I feel accomplished knowing I finished just one book over the read-a-thon! I’m really enjoying I’ll Give You The Sun and I love reading along with audiobooks as I find I get through them a lot quicker.
I’ve also completed all four Reading Rush Instagram challenges so I’ve put my photos down below just for fun…
I hope you’re all taking care of yourself and still managing to get plenty of sunlight. Don’t forget to take time for yourself, especially if you’re living with others and don’t have a lot of privacy. Your mental health is as important as your physical health! I found this cut gif I thought summed up our bookish community quite nicely…
Keep in touch, and take care everyone.
Until next time…