If you been following my journey on here, I’ve been doing a lot of stuff to feel better during this quarantine. I listen to podcasts and watch good shows. But, I read a ton. I’ve always read a lot. I even had increase my Goodreads goal from 24 books this year to 48 books and I’m almost done with that. Goodreads is a platform where you can search books to read, track what books you do and be on the lookout for new and upcoming authors. They host giveaways for books, book clubs for specific genre and even hosts questions and answers with authors. Right now, I am on book #40, so I’m almost to my goal of 48. I read books physically or on my phone or laptop. I use the Libby/Overdrive app to find ebooks. You just add your library card to your account and you can borrow it from their virtual library. I would definitely take advantage of this. I also buy books from thriftbooks.com. They have books for 50% off-to even 75% off! If you spend at least $10, then you will get free shipping. And I’ve gotten 3 books for the $10 limit. I’m hooking up all my fellow bibliophiles!!! I want you to be able to read as much as I do at a low cost.
I like to read many different types of books. I mostly gravitate towards young adult fiction, self improvement, graphic novels and memoirs. However, I am open to anything that sounds interesting. These are the books I have been reading during the last month. I hope you guys enjoy and can take something from this!
The last book I read was Jamilti by Rutu Modan. It is a graphic novel, which I love. The books shows fantastic illustrations and really makes me feel engulfed in the story. It collects the authors short works and compiles them together. Some stories are in color; some are in black and white. Some are dark and unsettling and some are light and have a happy ending. It appealed to every part of my personality and humor. I read a story everyday and it still went by really fast.
The next book I read was Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. It has been on my bookshelf for a minute. The movie is now on my movie list. In 1967, Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to psychiatric ward by a psychiatrist she never met before. She spent almost two years at Mclean Hospital-which housed famous clientele such as Sylvia Plath and Ray Charles. Each chapter starts off with a doctors note on her diagnosis and attitude in the hospital. It provides vivid portraits on her fellow patients and contains razor sharp perceptions.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo is a 2020 young adult novel. its about 2 girls, one living in the Dominican Republic and one living in the United States. Their sisters but they don’t know about each other. Their father flies to the Dominican Republic every year, but this time he doesn’t land. The plane crashes. This novel chronicles their grief of losing their father and finding each other.
All Adults Here by Emma Straub is a book I read on Libby. This book follows the Strick family. The matriarch, Astrid Strick, witnesses a bus accident and rethinks her parenting and her life. It follows Astrid, Her two sons and daughter and even her grandchild Cecelia. It is a great book on how what your insecurities and mistakes can follow you into adulthood.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a best selling travel novel turned to a movie. When Elizabeth Gilbert was thirty, she thought she had everything she wanted. A husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of being thrilled, she felt scared, alone and panicked. She was eradicated from everything she thought she knew. So she decided to find out who she really was by traveling around the world and getting rid of all her belongings. Talk about wanderlust!
These are the books that I read during quarantine. I hope you guys get some inspiration and read a bit more during this time.