QUARANTINING ISN'T EXACTLY THE MOST EXCITING THING ONE COULD DO, BUT EXCITING THINGS COULD BE DONE WHILE QUARANTINING.
This is, of course, assuming everyone finds reading extremely exciting (a solid assumption, I'd think). But do we ever get around to the tottering pile of unread books waiting to fall over and mildly injure someone? ...Of course not, that pile is every readers' brand, what would any of us be without a threatening pile of to-be-reads?
This is exactly why I've made little progress in my goal to read new books this quarantine. Putting off reading, however, seems a crime of the highest order and I can thankfully say with pride that I have been reading this quarantine! I've been re-reading!
While re-visiting every novel I've ever read, I've also been reading a few books off of my TBR, tackling the pile slowly but surely. Some of them being genres I wouldn't normally opt for, but I've been pleasantly surprised!
One such book is Patrick Ness' 'Release'. I wasn't expecting to enjoy my read so thoroughly, seeing as realistic fiction isn't my cup of tea, but I most definitely did. A book about a teenage boy's day to day life, highlighting the typical adolescent emotions everyone goes through, made for a coming-of-age story I found myself liking more every page I turned. My delight only increased when I realised that the book weaved in elements of fantasy as a sub-plot, eventually intertwining with the protagonist's story and finishing off with a beautifully completed character arc.
While Patrick Ness introduced me to a side of realistic fiction I didn't know existed, and also made me feel ashamed for not giving the genre another swing, it didn't exactly kick-start an urge to experiment with new genres or books. Rather, I re-read every well-loved book I could find, vehemently ignoring the pile of fresh, untouched ones. Which brings me to something I really wanted to discuss, something I'd find downright silly had I not known that I wasn't the only one doing it.
I re-read the entire Harry Potter series, front to back. Twice. In the span of a single month.
What could have been 14 books off my TBR turned into me re-living the ages of 9-10 twice. And I don't regret a single minute. What made me re-read the series a second time had to be the insatiable need to consume more wizarding world content, seeing as I'd already read the companion novels to the series thoroughly. For a month all I did was ooh and ahh at moments from the 7 books I'd probably ooh'd and ahh'd at at the age of 10. Cutting myself off from civilisation to read a series my tween self probably by-hearted seems like a very unproductive way to spend time but re-visiting the wizarding world and feeling that excitement all over again was something I'm very glad I did.
Here are some photos that I took of what might be the prettiest editions of the Harry Potter series! :D
Of course, this led to me making yet another e-mail account so I could discover my Patronus and find out exactly what my wand would look like (black walnut wood with a dragon heartstring core, it hasn't changed). No, I didn't need to re-take the Sorting quiz because I'm so sure of my Ravenclaw-ness that even thinking of getting sorted again would be an offense. I delved so deeply into the world of Harry Potter that I'm quite surprised I managed to reintegrate into society.
I also re-read Sarah J. Maas' 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' series, and flicked through Marie Lu's 'Warcross'. It's safe to say my TBR is not in the happiest of moods and is patiently waiting for a chance to smother me in my sleep.
WHAT BOOKS DID YOU READ DURING QUARANTINE? ANY RE-READS? AND IF YOU DIDN'T TOUCH YOUR TBR PILE, I WON'T JUDGE! ;)