By now we’re all getting the jist of pandemic life: stay inside. Don’t leave. Remain within the vincity of the four brick walls you call your home for the foreseeable future. We readers are ready for this. And, as such, I’ve made a self isolation reading list: the books I intend to polish off this spring.
The Starless Sea
1. Once upon what feels like a very long time ago but was really just the end of February I picked up this swirly blue hardback I got for Christmas. The novel felt a tad slow and bit confusing at the time so I gently laid it aside a mere 100 pages in. With the isolation ahead I’m going to give it another go.
Priory of The Orange Tree
2. I’ve been reading this for about a week and a half now and 400 pages through. Am I nearly done? Oh no, I’ve barely started. This massive, orange tome will be keeping me plenty busy during isolation.
3. Right before the libraries closed I popped in and grabbed this recent release, not realising that it will be my last library book for a while. I also ordered A Heart so Fierce and Broken and Queenie but, alas, it seems my reading of them has fallen victim to the virus and the closed and thoroughly missed libraries.
Siege and Storm
4. I’ve just finished Shadow and Bone and, although a tad unoriginal it was good. Given I own all three of the novels and have been wanting to read them before the TV series is out this year, now seems as good a time as any to read the series.
City of Girls
5. I’ve not had a great track record with historical fiction in the past but this one sounded really good when it popped up on my audiobook list. Given the lack of library I am currently grappling with, beggars can’t be choosers! It’s going straight on my Self Isolation Reading List.
6. Has this novel not been on every tbr I’ve ever made?! Well here it is again! Making my Self Isolation Reading List. Maybe I’ll actually read it this time?
Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
7. I’m so close to the end, I know who did it and honestly don’t know what’s coming up in the last few chapter, but I’ve loved this murder mystery meets Groundhog day.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
8. This novel was splashed all over social media when it first came out pairing an exciting premise with a pretty cover. I wasn’t a massive fan of The Deathless Girls but I’m hoping I’ll like this author more when she tries her hand at adult fantasy.
9. I grabbed a pretty stained paged copy of this back in January and given I have many lonely months of isolation ahead I can finally read it.
French Harry Potter
X. They say people should look at new indoor hobbies in this time so I’m focussing on an old one: learning French. My goal for isolation is to finish reading my french edition of Harry Potter, maybe try a page a day or something?
A Note From me A Bit About You
Don’t worry, this isn’t a sneaky 11th book, although I think it really could be with that fantastic title. This is a request for you to all fill my wordpress notifications with bookish cheer: tell me what you’re reading, what you’re planning on reading, whether you’ve read any of the books on my tbr and what you thought, share your lists with me, share what you had for breakfast, what you did yesterday. Please comment anything other than virus stuff. I need a break from all that.
And now the note from me:
For the last two weeks you may have noticed a distinct lack of me on the internet. You may have not and I will try not to be hurt given it’s all very apocalyptic out there. Between the stress and worry, tears and daily briefing from the Prime Minister, helping out those in isolation while still trying to social distance, finding no food in the shop while still worrying what we can put in the food bank it was all very overwhelming and my poor blog, which turned two at some point in all this, didn’t offer it’s usual escapism that I love it for. I’m slowly going to get back into it so stick with me.
I’m hoping to have four posts up this week: a review of Flatshare, this list, how I did on my last tbr and a post about my first week since the virus impacted my life. Stay tuned for them, stay safe and keep talking about books internet, because it makes happy when things get scary.