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

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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 (and some books you can read too), 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. It’s the last day of bank holiday Easter weekend, I’ve managed to get tons of reading done and a bit of studying and relaxing done as well! So since we’re a household of 4 adults and the house doesn’t necessarily allow us to have our own space. I really struggle to read and study with a lot of noise around me, but some quiet instrumental music in the background really helps me to concentrate; I’ll quite often listen when I’m working too. I’m here today to suggest 5 playlists you can easily access on Spotify which I jump between for a bit of variety, and are guaranteed to help you read and study in a busy household, and transport you and allow you to escape into another world…

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

*click on the playlist cover to navigate to Spotify*

LoFi Hip Hop Music

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This is one of my more recent finds, there’s a more steady beat behind the music with makes it ever so slightly heavier than the others on this playlist, but it’s by no means difficult to listen to. I find it’s a much more active listening experience and the music is more engaging.

Good for: chill time when you’re not concentrating on anything, repetitive work tasks

 

Calming Instrumental Covers

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My sister first recommended this playlist to me, and it turns out to be a fun guessing game. A lot of the songs are well known pop songs in instrumental format, and I find I quite often recognise the song but can’t quite get what the original is called, it’s mildly frustrating!

Good for: Chill out bath time, Friday afternoon work wind-down

 

Chilled Jazz

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This music has a lot of movement to which I really like! As opposed to the gentler playlists on here, the addition of brass instead of just piano gives the music another dimension. It’s really nice to listen to when you want something a bit more upbeat without going full on pop.

Good for: Mid-week motivation, bringing more life to your Spotify instrumental collection

 

Reading Soundtrack

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Both this playlist and Instrumental Study have very calming piano music. It doesn’t put too much strain on the ears and allows you to read and/or study while listening without getting distracted, by the music or by the world around you (especially if you have noise-cancelling headphones!)

Good for: Blocking out, or creating nicer, background noise while reading

 

Instrumental Study

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I tend to alternate between this playlist and the one above when I’m reading or studying. The music is pretty similar on both, but I’d say the music on this one is ever so slightly slower and calmer, to distract you less when studying and aid concentration

Good for: a nicer atmosphere for studying

 

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What playlists do you listen to when you’re concentrating or relaxing? Do you prefer music, audiobooks, or podcasts? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know your thoughts!

Take care everyone.

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Other posts in the Bookworm Survival Kit series:

5 Audiobooks To Get You Through Your Work From Home Days

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

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

5 Books To Add To Your Social Distancing TBR

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Bookworm Survival Kit

5 Books To Add To Your Social Distancing TBR

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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 worksmall 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

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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

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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

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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!

 

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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…

Jade 🙂

Other posts in the Bookworm Survival Kit series:

5 Audiobooks To Get You Through Your Work From Home Days

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

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

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

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Weekly Wednesday Update #54

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 Hello fellow bookworms and welcome to another Weekly Wednesday Update! I have plenty of books that I have added to my TBR this week (and some left over that I didn’t add to last weeks post) because I have been addicted to looking through Goodreads recently! I’m coming to the end of my first uni year and don’t have a lot of work to do, so I’m getting a lot of reading done, which feels amazing, so without me going on any longer, let’s take a look at my week in books…

Currently Reading:

When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

This is one of the first memoirs I’ve ever read, because it’s not typically the genre I read, but I have a good feeling about this one. I’m really into hospital dramas on TV (mainly Greys Anatomy) but hearing about it first hand as a memoir should be interesting and much more insightful! More on that tomorrow…

 

New Additions to Goodreads Shelves:

To Be Read

I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Such a gorgeous cover!!

 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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The Missing by Jane Casey

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The Good Neighbour by Beth Miller

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Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh

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Upcoming Reviews/Posts

I’ve already read The Girl In The Ice this week, so I will be reviewing that soon, and it will either be posted early this coming Friday, or on the usual Monday review day, depending on how I get on with my current book!

The Unbookish Updates

So this is the part when I tell you about my boring life outside the bookish world…

  • 1 and a half more weeks at university- then I’ve finished the first year of my degree, that’s so scary! We had a briefing about the projects for second year and they sound amazing, so I’m excited to get started on those, but looking forward to a nice long summer beforehand!
  • Grey’s Anatomy- I’m on the home stretch!! I started series 11 today, and they are currently showing series 12 on TV, so I’m almost there! Trying to balance my binge watching and reading amazing books at the same time aha!
  • I found a new lip balm today… It smells like Strawberry Cream chocolates from Quality Street… :’)
  • I swam over a mile today, feeling good! Aiming for 1,875 metres next week!

That’s all for today, hope you all have a lovely day, and get out and enjoy the sun (if you have any that is…) and be happy 🙂

Happy Wednesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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

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Weekly Wednesday Update #49

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 Hello fellow bookworms and welcome to another instalment of Weekly Wednesday Update. IT’S MY BLOGGING BIRTHDAY!! yes, it’s official, I set up BookMuffin a year ago today and posted my first blog post. I can’t actually believe I’ve lasted this long to be completely honest, but it’s nothing like I ever expected, I’ve enjoyed my first year of blogging so much, and here’s to many more! This update post will be the same as usual, and there will be a special celebratory birthday post a bit later today, where I will also be making a special reveal, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Currently Reading:

Shut (Jem Lester)

I’m enjoying this more than I initially thought I would, it’s quite an emotionally stirring story, but more on that in tomorrow’s post.

New Additions to Goodreads Shelves:

To Be Read

All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

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All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

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Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

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Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Upcoming Reviews

What Am I Currently Reading will be posted tomorrow, where I will be discussing Shtum a bit further with you all, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for my celebratory post later today…!

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