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The Stuck At Home Book Tag, ft. What We’ve Been Doing During the Lockdown

At this point, many of us have been stuck inside our houses for months, and even though lockdowns and restrictions are being lifted in many countries (hopefully, slowly), it’s unlikely that things will go back to normal anytime soon. As such, it seemed like a good idea to do The Stuck at Home Book Tag. On that note –

Many thanks to by Chana and Malka @ Paper Procrastinators, and Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for tagging us!


THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

What are you currently reading?

Sabrina: As usual, I am currently reading several books at once, but the one I am most likely to still be reading when this post goes up is Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I’m really enjoying this superhero book so far though I have a lot more of it to go.

Vera: There’s literally zero chance I’ll still be reading Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskovitz when this post goes live, but I’m really enjoying it so far, so I want to go it a shout out. Also, even right now I’m currently listening to it (and kind of breaking my brain trying to focus on this post and the book at the same time) so it seems fitting to include it.

What’s your favourite ‘can’t-leave-the-house’ activity?

Sabrina: Aside from reading, the thing I have probably been doing the most is playing the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on the PC. I’ve got a little bit stuck on one of the boss fights which is frustrating, lol, but I’m hopeful that I will get through it soon.

Vera: A friend recommended The Magnus Archives for me basically right before the lockdown started, so I spent much of it getting more and more into podcasts. I’m all caught up with TMA, finished The Bright Sessions and I’m currently listening to the Penumbra Podcast.

A book you’ve been meaning to read forever.

Sabrina: There are so many books I could pick for this question, but one of the books I have owned the longest and not yet read is Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones. Many years ago, my high school library was getting rid of books so I snagged this for free. I picked it up not long after, but didn’t get far through it before moving on to something else and consequently never got back to it.

Vera: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath has been on my goodreads to-read list since 2013, and I’ve owned a copy for it for years, so it’s high time I pick it up. It’s just… I know it’s not a happy book, and I’m horrible at getting to sad novels. πŸ˜”

An intimidating book on your TBR.

Sabrina: Both horror and historical fiction are genres outside of my comfort zone and Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver is apparently both of them. It has a pretty high average rating, so I hope I will enjoy it but it still makes me nervous.

Vera: I read the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson years ago, and I adored it a lot, so I’m hopeful and excited for Warbreaker. Even so, I’m scared of the hype surrounding it and also of its length.

Top 3 priority books on your TBR.

Sabrina: I have many books out from the library at the moment, so I have some deadlines. Some of the ones I have to finish soonest (at this stage) are:

  1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  2. Stronger, Faster, And More Beautiful by Arwen Dayton
  3. The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

Vera: Uhh, I don’t request/accept review copies and I never have a solid tbr list, so this is a difficult question for me. I’m going to pick three new-ish releases I’ve recently bought and I’m very excited for.

  1. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
  2. Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye
  3. Once Upon an Eid, edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed

Recommend a short book.

Sabrina: I feel like the Saga graphic novel series is well known, so for this I’m recommending Paper Girls which is by the same author (and it’s a finished graphic novel series). If you like Stranger Things, you have to give this a try!

Vera: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu is only a little over 200 pages, but it packs such a punch that it leaves a big impression. I read it ages ago, and yet, I remember (some of) its details relatively clearly.

Recommend a long book.

Sabrina: A lot of the long books I have read are near the end of a series, so I am going to bring up Jade City by Fonda Lee again. It’s a long book that is really difficult to put down because it is just so engrossing.

Vera: In most editions, Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens is over 1000 pages long, so it fits this prompt really well. Also, I love this book a lot, so it’s just a good pick in general.

Something you’d love to do while stuck at home.

Sabrina: I have tabs open with free online courses to try. I guess I’m never going to make myself take them though, because they have been open for weeks now, lol.

Vera: I’d love to learn a language and/or work on my Spanish. I’d also love to learn some IT related things, and work myself up from the super-simple to the more complicated. However, I’m currently preparing for my exams, both of which will be in June, so I’ve been concentrating on them. πŸ˜”

What do you plan on reading next?

Sabrina: I’m near the beginning of The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, so I will be getting properly into that soon hopefully.

Vera: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang has been on my “priority” list for ages, and I need to finally get around to it.

Let’s chat!

How are you handling being cooped up inside your house? How’s the situation inside your country? (If you don’t want to talk/think about it, that’s totally valid!) Have you read any of the books we mentioned?

16 thoughts on “The Stuck At Home Book Tag, ft. What We’ve Been Doing During the Lockdown

  1. I loved seeing your answers!! Oooh, Vera would you recommend The Bright Sessions? I read The Infinite Noise and I really enjoyed it, so I’ve been thinking of checking out the podcast!

    Yesss, Jade City is so good! And it is definitely a thick book. I also found that it didn’t really feel that long because it was so good. I’m currently reading a book that’s about 600 pages and I’m feeling every second of it because it’s honestly not that great πŸ˜…

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    1. Yes, I absolutely would! It’s so enjoyable and I was incredibly invested basically all through. The story I did have a few problems with, but the acting was INCREDIBLE. Let me know if you listen to it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! πŸ™‚

      I felt the same way about Jade City – it’s long, but it’s so captivating, I couldn’t put it down and the story flew by super fast. Oh no, that’s the worst, I hope the book you were reading has gotten better.

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  2. Oh, this looks like such a fun Tag! πŸ₯°πŸŒΈ I love Renegades, so I hope you enjoy reading it, Sabrina! 😊 I have been wanting to listen to more podcasts as well, but somehow it hasn’t happened yet as there’s honestly so much I could do that it can be overwhelming πŸ˜… I’m playing a lot on my Nintendo though – basically all the Zelda Games πŸ˜„

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    1. I started walking, and podcasts are a great way to have fine while moving a bit. (I’m not at all sporty, so getting 10.000 steps a day is a big deal for me. πŸ˜… I feel you on that – I want to read, watch movies, shows, play the sims, finish the puzzle I started & a bunch of other things, haha.

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  3. I’m so excited to read Warbreaker too! I’ve heard such good things about the magic system, and I’m highly anticipating picking it up after I read The Hero of Ages. Like you, I’m just a little bit intimidated because it’s a thick one πŸ˜‚ Also, The Henna Wars and The Poppy War are two books I really enjoyed and would highly recommend! I hope you enjoy them both—though beware that TPW is a *painful* one

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    1. I hope I can get to Warbreaker soon, but I’m just so intimidated by it!! There’s always the worry that I won’t enjoy it, plus its so damn long. Would you maybe want to buddy read it? πŸ€” See, that’s EXACTLY why I’m scared of The Poppy War! I don’t do well with painful books. πŸ˜”

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  4. Sick Kids Love and Renegades are both ones I really want to read. Love that you’ve been playing games and getting into podcasts! I do like learning languages and online classes but sometimes struggle with the motivation of learning it myself. I need to work on that spanish. I have been meaning to get to the bell jar forever as well. And Brandon Sanderson intimidates me too. Ooh I am so curious to hear your thoughts on the guest list, the henna wars and date me bryson tiller as they are all on my wishlist tbr.

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  5. This is definitely the best time to be doing this tag as we’re all going a little crazy stuck at home. I’m still learning German (very slowly) and mostly just trying to keep reading but I am realising how many books I want to read since half the books in this post are still on my TBR. Maybe I should get to reading?

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    1. Yes, and I think now is the worst time, at least for me? Technically, the lockdown has been lifted, and while there are rules, they aren’t particularly strict. So I could go and do stuff, but I want to be as careful as possible, so I’m still in lockdown essentially. πŸ˜… And uh, I relate, I should also get to reading. I really thought I’d get to alllll the books, but my reading has been absolute rubbish recently.

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