A Week in Reading from Quarantine
Greetings, friends! I don’t normally do weekly recap posts – mostly because I have weeks that I do literally nothing – but considering everything that’s been going on in the world and my personal life over the last month, I thought now was a good time!
So let’s grab a cup of coffee, pet a local cat, and chat about what’s been going on in the last week.
What I’ve Been Reading
Reading is difficult for me when anxiety runs high; I struggle to focus on anything for any extended period of time.
The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2) by Victoria Lee
I finished this one on the 17th and honestly? I am still processing. I’ll admit that this is a weird time to be reading a dystopian novel about a virus (of magic), but I absolutely loved this book! It handles some heavy topics as the characters process their trauma, but in this house we protect Dara Shirazi.
The Fever King was one of my favorite books of 2019, and The Electric Heir is a stunning end to the duology. I hope to have a review written soon!
Untitled Sequel (Light at the Bottom of the World #2) by London Shah – ~50%
I’m slowly beta reading the sequel to The Light at the Bottom of the World right now, and I am really enjoying it! I feel so bad that I’m taking so long, but I’ve been struggling to read at all… and when I do, my brain doesn’t really want dystopian. But I do love how much this hope this duology has interwoven in the narrative.
The Silence of Bones by June Hur – 15%
To mix up the dystopian kick in my current reads, I picked up June Hur’s debut YA Historical Fiction/Mystery, The Silence of Bones.
I’m not very far into it yet, but the narrative is descriptive and full of emotion. It’s haunting and I want to punch all the men in the throat.
What I’ve Been Playing
I fell into Ori and the Will of the Wisps because it showed up in the Xbox Game Pass free to play. Friends? This game is beautiful and the music is soothing as heck. If you like platformers, I’d recommended this one!
Like most of the world, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Animal Crossing: New Horizons. My download finished around 10pm on Thursday night, and I’ve been happily pulling weeds and catching bugs to creep out poor Blathers. This franchise is just soothing for me as well; it’s soft and lowkey, and just what the world needs in this time.
— Kal is adventuring in books (@kalventure) March 20, 2020
Life & Laptop Update
I spent a couple of weeks of March sick with the flu, followed promptly by a chest congestion and strep throat. Fun times! Now that I’m better, the State of California is under a Stay at Home order. I’ve talked around my chronic health issues in the past, but the sad reality is that my life hasn’t really changed all that much with social distancing. My one-year anniversary of that initial medical leave of absence was actually on Saturday, and it’s honestly been a little devastating to see the small bits of progress I’ve worked for fade away. I haven’t seen family or friends in a month.
As isolating as everything has been, it has been oddly comforting that everyone else is essentially experiencing the same thing. Please check in on your chronically ill and disabled friends. The anxiety, depression, loneliness, and isolation you are feeling is something we experience every day. I sincerely hope that people will be a bit more compassionate once this ends, because no one really wants to stay isolated in their homes to collect a measly check from the government.
Around the time that I got sick, my laptop stopped working. 2020 is the worst and I would like a refund. I had to wait almost 3 weeks to get it fixed… and it turned out that my laptop had WAY more issues than the overheating & shutting down. The OS is completely shot, but thankfully I still had my previous laptop my dad replaced because the fan was making a ton of noise. I got the laptop back with a cleaned and greased fan, on Friday – that last that that non-essential businesses were allowed to be open in the state, but the battery needed to be replaced. Supposing the battery arrives tomorrow as planned, I should at least be able to use my laptop while socially isolated. *crossing fingers*
How are you all faring, friends? I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Let’s chat in the comments about your current reads and quarantine activities!
Let’s go on another /adventure together!