It is TAG time for me again and I thought I’d come to you this time with the Stuck At Home Book Tag created by Elynn @allonsythornraxx. It’s a pretty good tag for this year because unless one is a key worker who can’t work from home, we all should be at home as much as possible.
Also, some of us in the UK have been stung with more local lockdowns which isn’t great. We’re not on the lockdown but my village is virtually on the border of Cheshire/Wigan/Greater Manchester so we’re being recommended to limit travel and mingling. It’s a little confusing and we’re not entirely sure what’s going on.
Anyway, I don’t think I’ll ever make sense of it so I’ll end the ramble and get on with the tag.
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer all the questions down below
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1. What are you currently reading?
My two current reads are The Paper Girls of Paris by Jordynn Taylor and Circe by Madeline Miller, but I’m thinking about putting the former on the back-burner as I’m not feeling it right now. I thought I was but my reading mood has changed a little in the last week. I’m still going to continue on with Circe and with that I’m flicking back and forth between the hardback and the audiobook.
2. What’s your favourite “can’t leave the house” activity?
Honestly, playing Animal Crossing. I’ve never owned an Animal Crossing game before now but my sister ended up pre-ordering two copies of it after a glitch so I bought one off her and it’s become the most played game on my Switch. I’m on it nearly every day as I’m loving being in a fantasy world I can build to my own liking. It’s been my saving grace. I’ve also spent a lot of time knitting, crocheting, and helping to look after our two spaniels.
3. A book you’ve been meaning to read forever.
I’m saying the entire Tearling trilogy for this because I’ve had it for a few years now and haven’t touched it. I did start The Queen of the Tearling a while ago but never finished it and I really want to. It has mixed opinions but I did like what I initially read so I’m hoping it is a series for me.
4. An intimidating book on your TBR
Again this is another book I’ve had on my shelves for a while but my literary fiction moods don’t come around that often so I’m a little hesitant to pick it up. It shouldn’t be that intimidating as I haven’t heard many people talk about it and I don’t know if it is a popular book or not, but it is fairly chunky and probably quite a slow read.
5. Top 3 priority books on your TBR.
Oh, mine swap and change on a regular basis but at the moment I suppose they are:
I was sent the first two books in exchange for a review so they are a top priority. I meant to read them last month but it didn’t happen.
6. Recommend a short book
I can never recommend just one and all these three are great in their own way.
- Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury is thrilling, fast paced, and utterly fantastic
- The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James is heartwarming, sweet and contains important messages about friendship
- Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan is fairytale inspired and all the short stories contain that darkness often omitted from modern retellings
7. Recommend a long book
Again, I have to recommend more than one.
These three are in my top five favourite fantasy books ever! I love them so very much.
- Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – along with Strange the Dreamer it crafts a beautiful, enchanting world full of mystery, stories and gods. The prose isn’t for everyone but if so, it reads as if you’re dancing on clouds. It’s gorgeous.
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – It would be a dream to live in the worlds created in this book. They’re magical, visually enchanting and perfect for storytellers.
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – the longest book here coming in at just over 800 pages, this feminist retelling of the English George and the Dragon myth is brilliantly crafted and is proof of why standalone fantasy novels can exist!
8. Something you’d love to do whilst stuck at home.
I tried to teach myself a bit of Italian at the beginning but I’ve forgotten about that in recent weeks and I’d really love to get back into it because I was liking it and finding it not too difficult. I’d also love to finally finish another crochet or knitting project. I have recently finished one crochet blanket I started a month or so into the lockdown, and a knitted shawl for my sister, but there are more projects in bags that are unfinished and should have been done by now.
9. What do you plan on reading next?
I should say Thomas Wildus as it’s a priority read but I’m not exactly sure. Now I’ve mentioned it, I feel like this might be the right time to try getting into Queen of the Tearling. My last few reads have been political fantasies and as I think it is quite political, it might be a good book to try. Anything really to get through the backlist of books I’ve been putting off for a while.
I decided to do this tag without being tagged so I’m leaving it open for all of you too!
How have you found these weird circumstances?
What have you been doing to keep yourself occupied and sane?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day.