Hello friends! I hope you’re all well. I was tagged by Misty to do the Stuck At Home Book Tag – they’ve got an amazing blog with lots of good reviews, I recommend checking it out! Thank you so much to Ellyn for creating this tag.
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What are you currently reading?
What’s your favorite ‘can’t-leave-the-house’ activity?
Gardening! Technically, I am leaving the house for this but I’m not going very far. I’ve always loved plants and I’m currently working on growing a herb garden at my parents house. I’m just hoping that (when I move out once lockdown is over) the plants don’t die haha!
A book you’ve been meaning to read for forever
‘Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.’
It’s been on my TBR list since it was published, but I keep forgetting to get a copy whenever I see it oops.
An intimidating book on your TBR
‘In 1666, an astronomer makes a prediction shared by no one else in the world: at the stroke of noon on June 30 of that year, a solar eclipse will cast all of Europe into total darkness for four seconds. This astronomer is rumored to be using the longest telescope ever built, but he is also known to be blind—and not only blind, but incapable of sight, both his eyes having been plucked out some time before under mysterious circumstances. Is he mad? Or does he, despite this impairment, have an insight denied the other scholars of his day?’
I love love love the premise for this story, but the reviews make the novel seem super intimidating so I’ve been putting it off for ages.
Top 3 priority books on your TBR
Recommend a short book
‘What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.’
If you haven’t read this yet, idk where you’ve been. At only 52 pages this is a super easy, but essential read for everyone.
Recommend a long book
‘The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.’
The first Outlander novel really is iconic. At 850 pages, I cannot recommend it enough.
Something you’d love to do while stuck at home
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What do you plan on reading next?
I think I’m going to read The Vanishing Half next. There’s so many good reviews and I can’t wait to read it!