I was tagged by the lovely El over at Ink and Plasma to do the Stay at Home book tag – click here to see El’s answers to this tag. El runs one of my favourite book blogs and writes some thoroughly in-depth reviews, so if you’re not already following Ink and Plasma then please head over there immediately and subscribe!
LAYING IN BED – A BOOK YOU READ IN ONE DAY
I read The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta only a few days ago and fell in love with it. It’s a debut novel all about finding who you truly are and being yourself unaplogetically. It is written in verse, which may put some people off, but it’s a book I encourage everyone to read. Give it a try. What have you got to lose? The fact it’s written in verse doesn’t detract from the enjoyment nor impact of this book. My full review was published only a few days ago so if you haven’t already, please consider checking it out!
SNACKING – A BOOK THAT IS A ‘GUILTY PLEASURE’ READ
I don’t believe in ‘guilty pleasure’ reads because I don’t see why you should feel guilty for enjoying something, regardless of who likes and dislikes it. For me, a guilty pleasure read would be one that is mostly disliked in the book community, maybe for plot or writing or predictability, but one that brings me joy. So, based on that definition, I would probably say the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. I loved the first book – Stalking Jack the Ripper – when I read it earlier this year, and I’m very excited to pick up the sequels.
NETFLIX – A SERIES THAT YOU WANT TO START
If you saw my ‘Books I want to Read in 2020‘ post then you’ll know I want to start The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon this year. It’s a series I’ve heard nothing but great things about from people who have a similar taste in books to me. I have a feeling that it’s going to be one I’m going to love and I cannot wait to pick it up. I loved The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon when I read it last year so I hope I love The Bone Season just as much.
DEEP CLEAN – A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOR AGES
There are too many that I could choose for this prompt but I’m going to go with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It has been on my radar since before I even joined the book community. It’s a book that I’ve always seen in the bookshops and in libraries that I’ve had an interest in. Everyone and their mother has recommended this book to me. I bought the special edition cover and have just been waiting for the moment when I pick it up!
ANIMAL CROSSING – A BOOK YOU RECENTLY BOUGHT BECAUSE OF THE HYPE
One thing you should know about me is that I am very easily swayed by the book community and have bought a fair few books as a result. The most recent being The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by where this book doesn’t dominate my Twitter timeline. As a book about witches and necromancy, The Bone Witch sounds right up my alley!
PRODUCTIVITY – A BOOK YOU LEARNED FROM OR HAD AN IMPACT ON YOU
A book that both taught me something and had an impact on me would be Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig. This book helped me to understand my anxiety in a constantly evolving world, especially a world where technology is advancing at exponential rates. It’s a book I urge anyone who experiences anxiety to read, especially if your anxiety is triggered by social media and the news.
FACETIME – A BOOK YOU WERE GIFTED
My boyfriend very kindly gifted me We are Okay by Nina LaCour. I honestly don’t know much about this one. It’s been recommended to me more times than I can count. I know that it deals with some heavy topics, features a sapphic romance, and, looking at the reviews on Goodreads, has made many people cry while reading it. How could I not add this to my TBR?
SELF-CARE – WHAT IS ONE THING YOU HAVE DONE RECENTLY TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
Out of all the questions on this tag, this is the one I knew I would struggle the most with. I very rarely look after myself. I work to the point of exhaustion, exhaust myself to the point of burnout. As much as I try to preach about the importance of self-care, I’m not great at taking care of myself. This week, on my days off from work, I decided to just do nothing. To read. To play The Sims. And to catch up on some TV shows I’ve been neglecting. And it was honestly what I needed. Ever heard of the saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup?’ Your body and brain needs to rest and relax.
BONUS – AN UPCOMING RELEASE YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO
This year has been a bizarre year for book releases thanks to the current pandemic sweeping the globe. Many books I was excited for have been pushed back to 2021. I’ve also really been out of the loop when it comes to 2020 releases. But a book that I’ve been really excited about since I heard about it is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. It’s apparently a modern-day King Arthur retelling that features secret societies, demons, magic, and a lot of politics! Oh, and look at how stunning that cover is. Hopefully, it’s to be released as expected in September because this is one book I’m desperate to get my hands on!
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