The Stay Home Reading Rush (TBR and Tag)

Hello friends! Today, we have a bit of an impromptu post for you; we’ll be discussing our tbr for The Stay Home Reading Rush, and answering some reading + isolation related questions in the corresponding tag.

Here’s what you need to know about the Reading Rush:

  • It starts on the April 16th (today) and ends on April 19th.
  • There are four bookish prompts – you can see them below – one for each day.
  • There’s no need to sign up for the Reading Rush, so you can jump right in!
  • Find out more on the official Twitter page of the Reading Rush.

1. How is your reading going while staying home?

Vera: It’s… going. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s rocky. The beginning of the month was bad in terms of reading, but then I rushed through many, many books and managed to read 19 books by the end of the month. How much I read also depends on uni; depending on how much homework + assignments I have (and how stressed I am, lol), there are days when I barely read.

Sabrina: Well, to be honest with you, my schedule hasn’t changed all that much. I had a bit of a slump at the end of March, but I’m back into the swing of things now. It’s a little more difficult to find peace and quiet around the house, lol, but I’m managing.

2. Where have you been reading at home?

Vera: In my room – at the desk, or in the bed. We have a garden, so technically I could have read there in the past week or so – the temperature was pretty nice – but I didn’t. ๐Ÿ˜… And now the cold is back.

Sabrina: All about the place! Down the back room, in the lounge room, in front of the window when the sun’s coming in, out the backyard and in bed. I even found myself reading/hiding in my parents’ room the other day because it was the only place away from the rest of the people in my house, lol.

3. Best book youโ€™ve read during isolation?

Vera: I’ve been in isolation for 5+ weeks (I can’t believe it either) and the best book I’ve read is still Maus by Art Spiegelman, a graphic novel about the Holocaust. It was a rough novel to read, but the way the story was basically told from both a first and a second generation survivor’s point of view was interesting.

Sabrina: Even though I’m pretty sure it shocked me into a migraine because of a surprise pandemic scene, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch has my highest rating from the last couple months. It’s made me want to pick up more light sci-fi than I have been.

4. Whatโ€™s your favourite feel good book?

Vera: Act Like It by Lucy Parker, as well as the rest of the London Celebrities series. These books are funny and sweet, and they have introduced me to some of my all time favorite couples.

Sabrina: You guys… it’s Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I considered picking something else because I talk about this book all. the. time. But, I would have been lying.

5. Book you wish you could buy or borrow from the library?

Vera: There are two I can think of of the top of my head: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I was excited to find them in my library’s catalog (only in Hungarian, though, because of course) and then COVID-19 said “slow your rolls, libraries are closing” so I guess waiting it is. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Sabrina: Fortunately, I can still borrow from my library and buy books – everything is offering to ship books. Having said that, I have been thinking about placing an order from Dymocks for books I haven’t read yet – I want to get Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater and Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc.

6. Author you want to shout out during this time?

Vera: I’ll be boring and go with my standard answer, Rebecca Schaeffer. She’s written a dark YA fantasy series titled Market of Monsters, and is so criminally underrated it makes me want to scream.

Related post: Why I Love Market of Monsters by Rebecca Schaeffer

Sabrina: I’ve spoken a little about Jen Campbell lately, but I do love her, her youtube channel, twitter and her short story collection – The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night.

7. What is your Reading Rush TBR?

Read a book with a house on the cover.

Vera: This prompt was harder than expected, but I managed to drag up one novel with a house (or something like it) on the cover: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. This middle grade novel is extremely loved, so even though I don’t really read MG, I knew I needed to buy it.

Sabrina: Okay, I’ve technically started The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins already, but I’m only 36 pages in so I’m not counting that. It’s weird but interesting so far, and I hope it stays that way.

Read a book in the same room the whole time.

Vera: A Matter of Disagreement by E.E. Ottoman is a teeny, tiny book with its 75 pages, so reading it in one room – or even in the same place – should not pose a problem.

Sabrina: I’ve got a copy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows on loan from my aunty, and I’ve had it for a while. I’ve heard it’s easy to read, so hopefully I will be able to keep myself in the same place long enough to read it.

Read a book set somewhere you wish you could go.

Vera: According to Goodreads, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim takes place in Sydney, Australia, a place I’d love to visit. Although, to be fair, at this point simply getting out of the house and doing something, anything would be an improvement.

Sabrina: I don’t know where Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is set, but it’s not in my house, so I guess that qualifies as somewhere I wish I could go! However, if any of it ends up in space, I take this statement back.

Read a book that will make you smile.

Vera: While I’m pretty sure Only Mostly Devastated is a bit of a painful read, I believe it will ultimately cheer me up.

Sabrina: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is my favourite graphic novel and I know that it’ll bring a smile to my face. I love the relationships between the characters and the art style is really nice and entertaining in its own right.

final notes:

Sabrina: The main two books I am planning on reading over the four days are The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. The first fits for the cover with a house on it, and the latter fits for a book that will make me smile. I wish I could go anywhere that’s not my house right now, so both work for that as well, lol, but my extra choice for that prompt is Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I’m sure I can stay in one room to read Nimona as it is a graphic novel, but my other option for that is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which I have heard is quite quick to read.

Vera: I’ll try my best to get to all four novels, especially because, with the exception of The Trials of Morrigan Crow, I’m reading them from another readathon as well, called #ReadALittleRomance. Also, like I mentioned above, my reading has not been the best this month, so I have some catching up to do.

let’s chat!

Are you participating in the Reading Rush? If yes, what are you reading for it? If not, YOU SHOULD! How has your reading been since the start of isolation? Have you read any of the books mentioned?


22 thoughts on “The Stay Home Reading Rush (TBR and Tag)

  1. I was so blown away by Maus! I donโ€™t read many graphic novels, but this one really affected me. Not only were the illustrations chilling and unique, but the story was so powerful. Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed it too, Vera!

    Also, Sabrina, I just finished Call Down the Hawk a few weeks ago. It was… ok. Beautifully written, in Maggie Stiefvaterโ€™s signature prose. But I think I am just so attached to the other raven boys that I missed them in this book.

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  2. My reading has been pretty rough too ๐Ÿ˜‚ In terms of number, it doesn’t change much but then again, I have more time to read but I still didn’t, and I don’t know what happened either! Disfigured and Nimona sounds like an interesting read!

    Good luck for both of you for your TBR!

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  3. this is an adorable post! I can’t believe you read 19 books in one month, Vera!! โค I hope they were awesome This year I only read 4. I'm a pre-law student so reading cases has burned me out from reading, but quarantine has given me time to return to reading for fun once again. I'm not familiar with the books mentioned here, but they seem really interesting! Love this post!

    jillian @ jillian etc.

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  4. Second lot of bloggers I’ve seen doing its one and yet I completely missed this readathon happening (not that my reading is even close to being in the right place for readathons lately). Also, I totally forgot I’ve read Nimona and now I want to reread because I love the artists drawing style anyway but I can’t remember the full story but I remember it being weird and good. And Sabrina, the number of times you mention Howl’s Moving Castle just makes me want to reread it. I’ve been meaning to anyway but now I really want to.


    1. The readathon was organised really quickly, so I can easily understand how you missed it!
      Nimona is definitely both weird and good – I hope you enjoy it again if you get to reread it. It makes me happy to hear that you want to reread Howl’s Moving Castle too! You should definitely do that ๐Ÿ˜›

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  5. Ah, I hope the readathon is going great for you two!! I’ve already finished my two-book TBR, but when I read the “read a book while in the same room the whole time” prompt, I interpreted it to mean that you could leave the room at any time as long as you only read the book in that room. And boy was I wrong… So I’ve completed all the prompts except that one because I find it so hard to read a book in one sitting/one day/one go ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m hoping to complete the prompt by listening to the entire audiobook of A Heart in a Body in the World at 2x speed in my parents’ room, but that requires an uninterrupted four hours, and it’s gonna be hard to stay uninterrupted for me :”)

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    1. I’m nearly finished with the readathon, and Sabrina has completed all four books! Okay, wow, I totally did not interpret that right either?? But I did read the book in question in one seat because it was a 74 pages long novella, haha. (I hope that’s not cheating, but idec at this point!) Good luck with A Heart in a Body in the World! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I think Nevermoor still counts as having a house on the cover!! I mean, it’s technically a hotel, but people live there permanently like in a house. It’s just a very big house that lots of people come and go in!!


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