Good morning bookworms!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘sanity savers – things I’m enjoying while in isolation!’ Because so help me, I am starting to lose my mind… In saying that, today is day number… twenty-six that I have been in isolation. Now, that’s a lot for Australia. We had our first confirmed case in Canberra on 12 March, and I have been in lockdown / isolation / quarantine (whatever you want to call it) since Friday 13 March. Why? Because I am immunosuppressed. My immune system does this super fun thing, like attacking the healthy tissue in my organs when left to run wild, so we kill it off every eight weeks with a low-level chemotherapy drug (which yes, still makes my hair fall out). It also means that if I were to catch this, I would have nothing to fight it off with. So, I live in my apartment with my husband (who also doesn’t go out) and three cats (who are starting to drive me mad with neediness) and we get basically everything delivered now. We also are both fortunate enough to be able to work from home, so we can still pay the mortgage. Wow, longest intro ever.
Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up!
Honestly, I could probably have listed the three I have been switching between as separate items, but I’ll try and be more creative than that! But just so you know, the three that are currently occupying my downtime are: Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing New Horizons (just got on Sunday), and The Sims 4 (my old faithful)!
I know I’ve racked up about another 20 hours on Stardew since this began, and I’m trying to only play it on weekends so that I remember what day of the week it is… But Animal Crossing is a whole other matter!! I am so addicted right now – it’s really bad. 😂
TV / movies
Hubs and I are slowly making our way through the back catalogue of things we have been ‘meaning to get to’ in the last couple of years. So far we have watched a range of things like Coco, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, Jumanji 2, Shazam!, and Bad Moms 2.
We’ve also been rewatching some favourites (we both love anything directed by Edgar Wright, and all the superhero movies), and I’ve been catching up on some TV series that I had let slip by the wayside (Hawaii Five-0, NCIS LA, Supergirl). I also found out that Netflix had been HIDING the next season of Miraculous from me, so I absolutely binge watched all of it last weekend.
I don’t know if it was my mini-hiatus to set up the new blog, life, or the near disaster (in my head) that was moving to self-hosted, but I did have a couple of weeks where I wasn’t really blogging much. In fact, this week is probably my first week really back at it. And I have to say, it is HELPING.
Maybe it’s just that BookEnding Spring is here, so I’ve got some fun prompts to do (and not feel guilty because it’s been 6-12 months since I was tagged in them), but I’m enjoying being back in the community again!
Puzzles AND Audiobooks
These two go hand-in-hand like chocolate cake and frosting. Like Frozen and Olaf. Like… ok, that’s about as many analogies as my brain can handle. Anyway, I got out a (ridiculous) 1000 piece Harry Potter puzzle (that is essentially just blue and black) on the weekend. And while I was puzzling, I almost put on music, but then I remembered that I had Wundersmith on Audible, so I continued my Nevermoor re-read to get ready for Hollowpox!! I’ve got the Stephen Fry Harry Potter versions ready to go afterwards. But yeah, I recommend these together!!
Let’s be honest, this is probably going to make everyone’s lists right now!! However, I want to be specific. For me, I am shoving sweet, adorable, happy contemporary books through my brain like there is no tomorrow. I haven’t picked up a fantasy or sci-fi (or so help me dystopian) book since I’ve been at home. I just can’t do it. Paranormal, yes at the start (but it also has a romance in it). Romance books? Probably, I just haven’t yet. And that’s mostly because all the amazing publishers who send me books are sending me adorable YA contemporary books at the moment and I AM HERE FOR IT.
Faves coming out in the next couple of months are It Sounded Better in my Head by Nina Kenwood, Camp by L. C. Rosen, and The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord (but read book 1 first, because it’s amazing too). And this week I got Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye and I am in LOVE with its synopsis. Happy books is where it is at for me right now.
What are you doing to distract yourself from boredom?