When lockdown first began I was kind of looking forward to it; the slower starts in the morning, no rushing back and forth for a million different school runs, trying to keep on top of clubs here and there. Judging from the general atmosphere on social media though I was certainly in the minority. As we entered our first week of ‘homeschool’ I knew I needed to step away from from the screen. I’m not suggesting I knew best at all, but seeing others getting increasingly angry and frustrated that their strict schedules and ‘school at home’ set ups weren’t working was stressing me out. Not to mention the general levels of anxiety that everyone was feeling at this unusual situation. So, I removed the FB app from my phone and muted some of my chat groups (sorry chaps).
It took a day or two of randomly picking up my phone, staring at it for a second before remembering there was nothing to look at, then putting it back down again, before I pretty much stopped looking at it altogether. I can’t tell you how amazing that was, not getting caught up in other people’s dramas all the time! And the time I would have spent escaping into my phone to talk to other grown ups was suddenly free. I mean, let’s be real, I still had three children to entertain, feed and care for, but the times when they were happy playing or absorbed in a film or programme was suddenly freed up for me. But because I was surrounded by my three children, 24/7 meant I still did need some kind of escape. I couldn’t shower most days, I certainly couldn’t pee on my own, but I could, just about, sit quietly with a book, and maybe even a cup of tea, whilst they stared, glassy eyed as another episode of Moomins started.
Now, I LOVE reading. If someone could pay me to read, or even if I could think of a way to make my jewellery more ‘bookish’ I’d be one happy chappy. I can get lost in pretty much any story (though I draw the line at trashy romance) but my favourites are Young Adult books, fantasy and crime. It didn’t take long before I was devouring every book I laid my hands on. Whilst everyone else was out there stock piling pasta and toilet roll I was frantically gathering as many young adult books as I could. It’d been so long since I’d really read there were A LOT of writers and book series that I’d missed and I had a lot of catching up to do.
So, I sketched up a bookshelf in my (previously abandoned) bullet journal and opened up another Instagram account to keep track the books that I’d read. You can find that account here if you’re interested. I’m hoping to go back and write proper reviews of the books I’ve read so I remember better but for now here’s a round up of what I’ve read so far. If you want to know more about any of them, or have any recommendations for others that I might like let me know in the comments below. My ‘Want to Read’ shelf on Goodreads is growing just as quickly as the ‘Read’ shelf!
A Court of Thrones and Roses Series - Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thrones and Roses
A Court of Mist and Fury
A Court of Wings and Ruin
A Court of Frost and Starlight
Throne of Glass - Sarah J Mass
Folk of the Air Trilogy - Holly Black
The Cruel Prince
The Wicked King
The Queen of Nothing
Wilder Girls - Rory Power
Jemima Small Versus the Universe - Tamsin Winter
Where the World Ends - Geraldine McCaughrean
Hold Back the Tide - Melinda Salisbury