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Stay Home Reading Tag 🌸 feat. #readingrush Wrapup

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Hello fellow bookworms 🌸 As you might have seen over on Twitter, I was participating in the #stayhomereadingrush, a bonus “stay at home” edition of the Reading Rush (formerly Booktubathon) that took place from April 16th to April 19th! It has been quite a while since the Readathon but since I joined in a bit last minute I never got around to doing the little Tag that was created for the Readathon. I honestly LOVED the questions the hosts had come up with as I wanted to talk about what my reading has been like in quarantine more in-depth and the questions gave me the perfect opportunity πŸ₯° So that’s why I’m doing the Tag about 2 weeks late πŸ˜‚ I also included a small #readingrush wrapup as the last question about the Tag was to share your TBR. I first came across the Tag done by Sabrina & Veronika @ wordyandwhimsical and got inspired to do it maybe sometime later (make sure to check out their blog, in general, it has a lot of amazing content!) πŸ’›

Β Here is the original #readingrush videoΒ πŸ’—

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How is your reading going while staying home? πŸ›Œ

I’ve been devouring all the books 🌸 To be honest, I have been reading more than ever before. It wasn’t even a conscious effort, I somehow felt fueled by the passion to read all the books and with services like Scribd offering free trials I took the advantage to read some audiobooks again (great for when I’m doing some journaling or going outside) and check out the graphic novels! I have read 28 books since March 18th, which is when I turned in my thesis and entered quarantine at home – so that’s a lot but I did read a lot of graphic novels and shorter books as they make great comfort reads x I also want to say that it’s completely okay if you don’t feel like reading at all and instead want to do other things like binge-watching Netflix or playing video games – it’s most important to do what brings you comfort right now πŸ’— For me personally, books have been a great escape during this time and kind of what keeps me focused on fictional worlds and prevents my mind from spiraling into panic 🌷

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Where have you been reading at home? 🏑

My armchair or outside 🌸 I like getting cozy with my reading, so I usually read in my grey IKEA armchair as it’s super comfortable and I especially enjoy sitting there in the evening – my prime reading time – with a mug of tea, some blankets and a bit of quiet in my room. I find that I get my best reading done without distractions (like the TV being on in the background) and now that I live with my parents again, I find that the armchair is the perfect place for some undisturbed reading time πŸ₯° Since the weather is getting nicer outside, I like sitting at our patio during the afternoon and enjoying some fresh air and sunlight 🌞 I need to get myself to go out, as it’s important – so doing that while reading is a great combination 🌻

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My reading space feat. cat pillow, my writing progress board (to the left) and my framed Sightwitch Poster (above) πŸ’—

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Best book you’ve read during isolation? πŸ“•

Vengeful (V.E. Schwab)

🌸 RTC 05.05. on the Blog 🌸

➽ This was such an amazing reading experience! I buddy read this with Caitlin @ caitlinalthea who is honestly the best buddy reader πŸ’— It was great to discuss everything that was happening in this book and I’m glad I had someone to motivate me to finally read this sequel as I had been procrastinating reading it for over a year. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t like it but we both ended up loving Vengeful and I was happily getting obsessed with my favorite problematic character Victor Vale again! I definitely need to have the third book right now, but we’ll probably have to wait a few more years as V.E. Schwab is busy with other projects that are happening before that πŸ₯Ί

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What’s your favourite feel-good book? πŸ₯°

It Sounded Better in my Head (Nina Kenwood)

🌸 Read my Review Here 🌸

➽ I already made a post about all my comfort reads recently that I’ll link below, but I have read so many great books since. One of my new favorite books is It Sounded Better in my Head as it was such a fantastic, relatable contemporary book all about an awkward, anxious nerdy protagonist who is slowly coming a bit out of her comfort zone. The book meant so much to me, it was full of authentic friendships, an amazing romance full of banter and a main character who really spoke to me πŸ₯°

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Check out one of my recent blog posts for more comfort read recommendations πŸ’›

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Book you wish you could buy or borrow from the library? πŸ“š

The Storyteller (Traci Chee)

I miss my local library SO MUCH!! I was hoping to check out some books one last time as I was moving away from my university town, but the library sadly closed before I had the chance πŸ˜₯ However, if you’re German it might be worth checking out the offer of Berlin’s online library system: they are currently offering a 3-month free pass that you can sign up for. I recently did that and was close to crying when I saw how many English ebooks and audiobooks they have 😭 (They actually use Overdrive, something that only the libraries in Germany’s biggest cities use!)

Now unto the book that I wish I could have checked out from my local library: They only recently got The Storyteller as a physical book but it was already checked out when I was looking for it and now it doesn’t seem like I will get to it πŸ’” I might have to get my own copy now as I really wanted to finally get to this series finale!!

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Author you want to shout out during this time? πŸ“’

Some upcoming book releases!  🌸 A lot of authors that just had books coming out in spring are hit hard, so I want to shout out three books that I was really excited for! They are still coming out soon (a lot of books got pushed back to summer/fall or even net year) and I hope to give them some love. I’m really intrigued by Don’t Call the Wolf, as it gives off some great dark forest vibes and has a forest queen + the last dragonslayer team up against the odds … though they might betray each other at every turn πŸ‘€ I’m also incredibly excited to read Felix Ever After, as it’s an ownvoices story about a trans main character who tries to seek revenge against the trolls that outed him and finds himself falling on love for the first time 🌈 Lastly I’m looking forward to reading The Fascinators as it has a lot of MAGIC and centers around a friendship group that attends the school’s magic club … but might slowly be growing apart.

  • Don’t Call the Wolf (Aleksandra Ross) 🌸 April 28th 🌸 Add on Goodreads
  • Felix Ever After (Kacen Callender) 🌸 May 5thΒ  🌸 Add on Goodreads
  • The Fascinators (Andrew Eliopulos) 🌸 May 12thΒ  🌸 Add on Goodreads

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Reading Rush Wrapup πŸ“–

I had a lot of fun reading over the weekend for theΒ  #stayhomereadingrush and this little edition honestly has me excited for the ‘official’ Reading Rush (which takes place from July 20th to July 26th), as last year I was too late to participate! I basically binge-read a bunch of graphic novels before my Scribd Trial ran out and finished off my last audiobook – all of my reads were great comfort books and made for an amazing reading weekend. Here is what I read:

1. Cat’s CafΓ© (Matt Tarpley) 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸

2. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World (Debbie Tung) 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 .5

3. Book Love (Debbie Tung) 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸

4. The Prince and the Dressmaker (Jen Wang) 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸

5. What I Like About You (Marisa Kanter) 🌸 🌸 🌸.5

6. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief  (Graphic Novel) 🌸 🌸 .5

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How has your reading been during this time? What author would you like to give a shoutout? What are your go-to feel-good books? 🌸

15 thoughts on “Stay Home Reading Tag 🌸 feat. #readingrush Wrapup

  1. Oh my god, 28 since mid-March!? That’s so impressive, I am IN AWE. Honestly, I haven’t been reading considerably more than before, mainly because we have a lot to do for uni right now, but only two weeks more of uni now!! You’ve made me so excited for It Sounded Better in My Head, I’ll try to get it asap. I also participated in the Reading Rush, and I was able to complete all four prompts and had a lot of fun. So I’m hopefully going to participate in the regular reading rush too… if I don’t forget about it, haha.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! πŸ₯°πŸ₯Ί I’m fortunate that I don’t have a lot going on right now, so that means more reading time. I hope everything is going okay with your university work, glad to hear that you only have two weeks left now! 😊 I hope you end up liking It Sounded Better in my Head, it’s such a great book πŸ’› I’m so happy to hear that the #stayhomereadingrush was a success for you! Let’s hope we both have some fun with the regular Reading Rush in summer πŸ˜„

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  2. wow, you’ve read a TON!! I haven’t really been able to focus on reading for the past…what’s it been…almost 40 days in quarantine now *cries*. I’ve just been finding it hard to concentrate.

    eeeee I’m also super psyched for Felix Ever After; it sounds AMAZING!!

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    1. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that 😞 I hope you find some reading motivation, maybe the right book to keep your focus πŸ₯° Have you been doing some other fun things in the meantime?

      Felix Ever After honestly sounds so fantastic, I’m really excited for it πŸ’—

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  3. That’s wonderful to hear that you’ve had so much motivation to read lately! πŸ˜€ 28 books is INCREDIBLE, wow! Your armchair looks so cozy, and I love your cat pillow. And omg I completely relate – I miss my library so much 😭 I wish I’d checked out more books before all of this started, because the due date for the one I do have is now extended until July!
    I’m very impressed by how much you were able to read during this readathon! Hope your reading continues to go well πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! πŸ₯° I love my armchair, it’s perfect for reading, though I wish I had a real cat to cuddle πŸ˜„ I miss the library as well, though I have also found a way to sign up for a free online pass that another library offered 😊
      Thank you! I hope you have a great reading time πŸ’›

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  4. That cat pillow is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Aside from that, you had an incredible reading weekend. This was such a fun way to do your wrap-up since this tag goes along perfectly. πŸ™‚ Hopefully your good reading mojo continues as long as we’re stuck in quarantine!

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  5. Oooh, I’m about to finally get around to reading Vengeful very soon so I’m glad to hear that you liked it so much! πŸ˜€ And I love your cat pillow, it’s so cute. I usually have my cat using me as a pillow while I’m reading because he likes being on my bed πŸ˜‚

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