Bookworm Survival Kit

5 Audiobooks To Get You Through Your Work From Home Days


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.

Just a small note before we begin:

Please be there for the people you love and anyone else you can help, even if it’s just a friendly chat online, as well as being there for yourself. I’m always happy to chat with my fellow bookworms on here, and I’m also on Twitter and Instagram as @bookmuffin as well if you want to talk 🙂

Now, onto the books! I, like many others, am now working from home, which means I have eliminated my 4 hours of daily commute and can wear funky leggings and a hoodie every day, so there is an upside to everything! While at home, I have the luxury of being able to listen to whatever I want while I work! I quite often turn to audiobooks for something a bit different to music, so I’m here to recommend 5 amazing audiobooks that you can listen to while you work, which will boost your mood and get you working 9-5 without even watching the clock!



5 Audiobooks To Get You Through Your Work From Home Days

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay


This is one book that will definitely lift your spirits during this troubled time, and help you fully appreciate how much strain the NHS are under on a normal day, let alone now! I love it when authors narrate their own audiobooks as they really know what they’re talking about and how they want it communicated… if you want/need a bit of humour in your life, this is one for you!


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

What better way to escape the world around us than going back to Hogwarts?! The entire Harry Potter series on audiobook is over 130 hours of listening, which would definitely fill a big chunk of your time. If you’ve read the books as well, it’s quite easy to dip in and out as you need to (or if you’re like me and often zone out after a while), you won’t need to go back and re-listen to anything!


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


This book is a masterpiece, and it is narrated so incredibly well that it becomes a bit addictive. If you want a slightly more thought-provoking story then this is one for you. If your work is a little boring and doesn’t need all your attention, turn this on and let your brain wander through this beautifully written story (but make sure you still do your work!)


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


I find Fangirl a really motivational story. I love education and really miss university, so it’s nice to listen to this and be transported back into that world. An easy listening story which tackles school, relationships and first loves, and books- what’s not to love?!


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


This is one of my all time favourite books. It will transport you back to a time where society were struggling through a terrible war, and show you how books really can help you get through even the toughest times. Always and forever a gorgeous story which will capture your heart and hopefully give you some enjoyment while you work through the day (although I recommend listening to Part 10 away from your desk, might not be the best part to listen to as you work!)




Do you have any audiobooks to add to this list that you’ve been listening to recently? Leave them in the comments below, I’d love to have some more recommendations to add to the list!

Take care everyone.

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Other posts in the Bookworm Survival Kit series:

5 Tips For Staying Happy (and Healthy!) During Quarantine

5 Things To Do During Your Self Isolation Days (besides catching up on your TBR)

5 Books To Add To Your Social Distancing TBR

5 Spotify Playlists For The Days When You Want To Escape During Lockdown

Quote Exchange

Quote Exchange


Before I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

– To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Quote Exchange


One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.

– Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Quote Exchange


So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

– Matilda by Roald Dahl

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It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for 12/07/16


Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Bookish Facts About Me‘ so here it is:

1. I own a Kindle… but prefer physical books

I used to love reading on my Kindle, but I have grown to love holding a proper book in my hands!

2. I can’t read multiple books at once…

…unless one of the books is being re-read! If I’ve read the book before I don’t mind, but I can’t follow two stories at once.

3. I like the way a book feels if it’s been dropped in the bath

Once the pages are dry of course… but I wouldn’t purposely sabotage a book, EVER!

4. I love the smell of new books

Who doesn’t?!

5. I love crime thrillers

But I do also like YA novels sometimes

6. I work opposite a bookstore

I am always early for work so I have plenty of time to browse!

7. I’m striving for a career in Book Design

I’m currently studying Graphic Communication but I’m hoping to focus on book design for the next year of my degree.

8. I like taking pictures of books

Books are beautiful, and their beauty should be shared with the world (find me on Instagram @bookmuffin)

9. I use clothes labels as bookmarks

Jack Wills and White Stuff are the most commonly used…

10. My bookshelf is categorized

Oversized and hardback books are ordered in height, paperbacks are organized by author’s surname alphatically (then by book when more than one book is owned by said author) and textbooks/non fiction is last, with heavier non fiction sitting on top.

Happy Tuesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Weekly Wednesday Update

Weekly Wednesday Update #43


Hello fellow bookworms and welcome to another Weekly Wednesday Update! I’ve added some really exciting books to my TBR this week which I’m thrilled to share with you in this post, along with what I’m currently reading.

Currently Reading:

Katherine Carlyle (Rupert Thomson)

I’m just over half way through this book, and I’m not really seeing any point to the story line, I’m hoping there will be some development soon! More on this in tomorrow’s post


New Additions to Goodreads Shelves:

To Be Read

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff


A thriller type romance story is what I’m getting from the description, which could be quite an interesting read.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


An interesting take on a story about a man with terminal cancer, this is one I’m very excited to dive into!

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty


I loved The Husband’s Secret and feel like I need to read more Liane Moriarty, and I saw this on my Instagram feed (@bookmuffin if you wanted to follow my bookstagram…!) and knew I had to read it!

What Alice Forget by Liane Moriarty


Another Moriarty book that my Nan has read and recommended to me, I know I will have to read this one at some point!

Upcoming Reviews

Tomorrow will be What Am I Currently Reading, where I discuss my current read in more detail, and the review will hopefully be up by next Monday. I will also start doing discussion posts with my Quote For The Weekend every Saturday, so keep an eye out!!

All cover photos taken from Goodreads. Click on a book cover to see its Goodreads profile.

Weekly Wednesday Update

Weekly Wednesday Update #18


First Weekly Update after holiday!! Welcome back my fellow bookworms. I have added a lot to my TBR shelf recently, so this post is quite a long one, so be prepared!

Currently Reading:

The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)

I am really enjoying this book! I have absolutely fallen in love with Henry DeTamble, but unfortunately I spoilt the ending for myself, which makes me really sad!

Echo (Lorena Glass)

I haven’t got far into this, but it’s another book about time travel, so I hope I will enjoy it just as much as The Time Traveler’s Wife!

New Additions to Goodreads Shelves:

To Be Read

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

the bone clocks

This is the new book from David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas (which I haven’t read!) but I have heard good things about Mitchell and this book sounds amazing so I’m hoping it will live up to my expectations.

Confessions by Kanae Minato


It was the description that really took me with this book. There has been a lot of issues on the news recently about teacher abuse, and I think this sounds like a very interesting topic to read that I haven’t yet got round to!

Twisted by Holly Hook


This was another book I found on Goodreads where the description grabbed my attention. This is hopefully going to be a ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’!

Her by Harriet Lane


I saw this a few months ago when it first came out in Waterstones when I was out shopping, but it didn’t really appeal to me. I then found it in a second hand book store on holiday and, for the price I paid, I didn’t think it was a bad deal. I had re read the description and, being in the middle of reading Gone Girl at the time, I was attracted to thrillers like this one!

Dangerous Reflections by Shay West

dangerous reflections

After reading Organ Reapers by the same author, I absolutely loved West’s writing! I was offered this in exchange for an honest review, but unfortunately, I’m not taking any at the moment due to the large amount I already have to get through! I definitely want to read this eventually though.

Soul Reapers by Shay West

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Yet another Shay West novel, following on from Organ Reapers which I thoroughly enjoyed! Looking forward to another Eli and Ava adventure!

Upcoming Reviews

I am due to write 2 reviews for the personal reading I did on holiday: Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Gone Girl. I will also be finishing The Time Traveler’s Wife soon, so look out for that review as well!

I also have a NEW BLOG TWITTER ACCOUNT, so if you have Twitter and would like to follow me and get some 140 character glances into my life as a bookworm then you can find me under @BookMuffin. You’ll have to bare with me though, it has only just got underway!

Happy Wednesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

All cover photos taken from Goodreads. Click on a book cover to see its Goodreads profile.