BOOKISH THINGS TO DO IN QUARANTINE!

Hey guys! When Quarantine first started, I was so sure that it was going to be amazing. I finally had all the time in the world to catch up on my TBR and have a really fun time. But after about a year of staying inside, I have realized that it is not as easy as it sounds. The quarantine made me feel so uninspired and unmotivated and my mental health has declined a lot in the past week due to the lockdown.

So, I decided to research and put together a list of 10 bookish things to do and I thought that sharing it here may help you guys too. Let’s get on with the list!

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  1. JOIN A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

Virtual book clubs are a great way to meet more bookish people and talking to such people will get you excited about books even more than usual. These book clubs meet at specified intervals. A book is picked for the month and then at the meeting, the book is discussed and reviewed. If you don’t want to join any online book club, then you can create one yourself with your friends and family members!

2. FILM A READING VLOG

Some people don’t like being on the camera and that is totally fine. But sometimes, just recording yourself reading, and editing the video can be loads of fun. It takes time and effort to do this. This way, you can learn filming and editing and the time also passes quickly. You don’t have to post the video anywhere, but it can be like a cool video diary for you to look upon later.

3. START A BOOK BLOG/ BOOKSTAGRAM/ OR BOOKTUBE

Start a blog, Instagram or YouTube channel and talk about books! Or even better, join all three. Sometimes, not having anything to do can really make you feel very bored and uninspired. Starting a platform like this will give you a sense of purpose and you can interact with thousands of people all over the world. Plus, these things take work, so they occupy a lot of your day. Basically, you work and have fun too!

4. WATCH BOOK TO SCREEN ADAPTATIONS

Recently, the bookish community has been exploding with Shadow and Bone content everywhere. And there are so many other amazing book to screen adaptations that you can binge on. Here are my recommendations:

Shadow and Bone

Anne with an E

Shadowhunters

The Harry Potter series

The Hunger Games series

And so many more!

5. WATCH BOOKTUBE VIDEOS

Sometimes, just listening to someone talk about books can be therapeutic to me. I recommend watching booktube videos if you feel low and stressed out. Not only do they get you excited about reading books, but you also get so many recommendations to add to your TBR!

Here are some of my favourite booktubers:

Emmie

A Clockwork Reader

Hailey In Bookland

Jessethereader

The Book Leo

Jack in the Books

Read With Cindy

6. MAKE BOOKISH ART

Make art based on the books you read. It doesn’t have to be perfect art. Try writing the quotes of the book in fancy calligraphy and decorate it yourself. Turn it into posters, bookmarks, anything you like. Last month, I painted book edges endlessly. Who knows? You might end up finding an artistic side of yourself!

7. START A READING JOURNAL

Reading journal is a cool way to keep track of the books you read. Maintaining a reading journal can be really fun. You can make spreads any way you like and decorate it in your own style.

8. RE – READ AN OLD FAVOURITE BOOK

Re – reading favourite books reminds us of the beautiful memories we have associated with the book. This will help us focus on positive things rather than fixate on the negativity around us.

9. JOIN VIRTUAL BOOK EVENTS

Book events are hosted every once in a while. Due to the quarantine, a lot of these events have been shifted to the online mode, thus making it possible for a lot of people all over the world to participate in these events! Find some book events and register for them. You may learn a lot about the writing craft and learn about new books and authors.

10. MAKE CRAFTS OR COOK RECEPIES INSPIRED BY BOOKS

There are so many fun crafts you can do that are based on books. You can even cook some of the food from your favourite books and have fun! For example, if you are a fan of the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare, you can try creating your own Stele. Or you can cook the Hutspot from Six of Crows or make Butterbeer and enjoy!

That’s it! Those are my list of 10 bookish things to do quarantine. I hope these give you some inspiration. Comment below on what you do to pass time in the quarantine so that others, including myself can be inspired.

Stay positive, Stay safe!

FANTASY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS – YOUNG ADULT

Hey everyone! Fantasy is my all time favourite genre because, firstly, it’s awesome and secondly, it was the genre that introduced me to the wonderful world of books. Today, I will be recommending some young adult fantasy books that I love and think that everyone should read.

  1. THE INFERNAL DEVICES BY CASSANDRA CLARE:

“There’s plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.”

The Infernal Devices is a YA fantasy novel set in 1878 in Victorian London and it follows the main character Tessa Gray as she arrives in London to find her brother. She ends up being kidnapped by two women called the ‘Dark sisters’. From them, she learns that she is a strange kind of warlock and that she has the ability to shape – shift. She is rescued from the Dark Sisters by a Shadowhunter Will Herondale. Shadowhunters are special angelic warriors who fight demons. The triology follows Tessa and the Shadowhunters of the London Institute as they try to figure out Tessa’s powers and end up unraveling big secrets. The Infernal Devices is one of my most favourite YA fantasies. It has a fantastic world – building, such rich and complex characters and a believable and adorable love triangle. This triology has three books – Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.

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2. SIX OF CROWS & CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO:

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

A group of six characters coming together for an action – packed heist; a book with such amazing worldbuilding and an awesome magic system – this book has it all. Six of crows is the first book of a duology and is set in the Grishaverse, specifically, in Ketterdam. It follows a group of six people who come together under the master criminal, Kaz Brekker to perform a heist. The plot, characters and everything in this book kept me riveted and I absolutely loved it. This is a MUST READ for anyone who likes fantasy novels because, it is amazing!

Six of crows is followed by Crooked Kingdom which takes place after the heist. Kaz Brekker and his crew of outcasts end up with something that could change the world forever.

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3. THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI:

“I loved the feeling of discovery, of not knowing how much I wanted something until I had discovered its absence.”

Star touched queen follows Maya, the princess of Bharata, who has a cursed horoscope. Her father tries to marry her off for political reasons. She escapes this and marries Amar, the prince of Akaran. While there, Maya learns more about her previous birth and the secrets about Akaran. The most beautiful part of this story is its magical writing.

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You can read more about The Star touched queen in my previous review here : https://thesoulfulscripturient.wordpress.com/2021/02/16/review-of-the-star-touched-queen-by-roshani-chokshi/

4. CROWN OF WISHES BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI:

“A story. This was the key to immortality. The things that made kings quiver and deities distrustful: Nothing but a tale.”

Crown of wishes is a YA fantasy novel which is set in a world inspired by Hindu mythology and folklore. It follows Gauri, the princess of Bharata and Vikram, the prince of Ujjain as they compete in the Tournament of wishes organized by the God Kubera, Lord of wealth. The story is magical, gripping and has so many beautiful elements of Hindu folklore woven into it. As someone who has grown up listening to these stories, I found it so exciting to read about them in a different light. The writing in this novel is enchanting and it is definitely a refreshing read. This novel is a companion to The Star touched queen.

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5. SORCERY OF THORNS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.”

Sorcery of thorns is set in a world where the main magic is based on Grimoires or magical books, and great libraries. These grimoires can sometimes turns into monsters of ink and leather and hence, there are people tasked with protecting these grimoires and also controlling them when they turn into monsters. Elisabeth Scrivener is an orphan who grew up in the great library of Summershall. When an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, Elisabeth embarks on a journey with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn and she learns things that change her whole perspective of everything she has known.

This best aspect of this novel is its simple plot. It is a light fantasy read with enough plot that is complex enough to keep you riveted, but also easy and light. If you are looking for a fun and light fantasy book, Sorcery of Thorns is perfect for you.

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That’s it for today! I hope you liked these recommendations. Comment below and tell me your favourite fantasy books!

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