Quarantine Re-Reading Marathon

Since I’ve been stuck at home, it seems like everything in my life is changing.

Just kidding. I’m an introvert. I live like this all the time.

However, one of the quarantine changes that has affected me is the lack of open bookstores. All my local bookstores and libraries are closed right now, and I don’t have an e-reader to get new books on.

So, in light of this dire situation, I’ve decided it’s a good time for some re-reading. I spent this morning combing over my bookshelves and deciding what series to read again. I ended up with more than one, because, let’s face it, it’s impossible to choose.

Here are my picks for quarantine reading! If, unlike me, you don’t own these books, I highly recommend buying them on Amazon, checking to see if your local libraries are still lending books, or purchasing them on an e-reader.

Also, I’m having some internet trouble, so all of these cover photos are of my own copies and aren’t perfect.

  1. A Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

I bought this book on an impulse about a year or two ago because of that beautiful cover. I mean, really, who can look at that and not want to buy it? Turns out the money was well spent, because it now ranks as one of my favorite books.
This story is all about fairy tales, but not in the way you’d expect. It’s not so much fairies and sunshine as secrets and ice. West weaves together many common fairytales into one epic, overarching adventure. One of the best things about it, though, is that these nods to fairytales are subtle, and they’re not the main focus of the story. The main character is lovable and curious and strong. If you’re looking for something mysterious and fantastical with a twist on familiar stories, this is definitely a book you should read during quarantine.

2. The Ashtown Burials series by N.D. Wilson

This series is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. N.D. Wilson spins a world so different from our own but similar enough to feel familiar. As of the moment, the series is not finished, and a fourth book is supposed to come out sometime soon. Do not let that keep you from reading these amazing books, though.
The plot follows a pair of siblings as they battle with immortals, an ancient Order, and an evil great enough to destroy it all. I can’t tell you much else without giving away major plot points, but I can say that this series will keep you on the edge of your seat, no matter how many times you read it. The sibling relationship is realistic and endearing, and the villains are as despicable and complicated as they come. If you’re looking for something full of adventure, questions, and action, then Ashtown Burials should be on your reading list.

3. The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Speaking of retelling, this is another amazing fairy tale-turned-epic-adventure, though you may not guess it at first. Redwine’s storytelling skills make it difficult to put this book down, and the host of characters keep you entertained. The story is not what it seems, and, while a retelling, is incredibly unique and original. In fact, you may not even know what tale is being retold. I’ll give you a hint: it’s a lesser-known Grimm fairytale.
If you’re searching for some magic in these blah quarantine days, and want something that keeps you guessing, you should give The Wish Granter a try. There are also several other books she’s written in this universe, but The Wish Granter is the only one I’ve read and can vouch for.

4. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I don’t know if you remember, but this series was fairly popular a hot minute ago. I’m going to be very honest about the books: they’re aren’t very high quality. If you’re looking for something intellectually stimulating, or something with unanticipated plot point and surprise at every turn, or something with grand adventure, then this series isn’t for you. However, in my opinion, sometimes, especially when everything in life is stressful and complicated, it’s nice to read something that isn’t. With that in mind, I present to you The Selection.
Everyone has heard of the typical “trashy” YA books. That’s what this is. It’s dramatic, and romantic, and predictable. However, that does not mean it isn’t worth the read. In fact, I could say that’s what makes it so great. It fulfills its purpose wonderfully: to have fun. The story is cheesy but endearing, and the plot is decently strong. If you want something to take your mind off this world for a few hours, read The Selection.

5. The Morrigan Crow series by Jessica Townsend

The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a more recent find of mine. I discovered this duology (which is supposed to become a full-blown series) summer of last year while at the beach. I think it’s the perfect re-read for right now because of its simple nature.
When I say simple, I don’t mean that the plot isn’t complex. In fact, it twists frequently, and I did not suspect the villain of the second book at all. The simplicity of this book lies in its lack of teenage drama and angst that is so common in young adult. I think reading middle-grade fiction— especially a series as well-done as this one— is an excellent break from the love triangles and inner turmoil of YA. Townsend has woven an intricate plot with charming characters of all sorts, enchantments that pull you in, and mysteries you can’t wait to solve. I would definitely recommend this as a breath of fresh air after a dramatic or intense read.

There you have it, my first five picks in my quarantine re-read session! Have you read any of these? Do you have any suggestions for my TBR list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thank you for reading and have an adventurous day!

Love,

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Hey y'all! I'm a teenager who loves hanging out with my friends and laughing till my stomach hurts. I always have a book in my hands or zipped up in my bag. I'll probably read through the apocalypse and not realize what's happened.

6 thoughts on “Quarantine Re-Reading Marathon

  1. Good luck! Re-reading comforting books is a good idea right now. I’m really interested in the Morrigan Crow series 🙂 Besides The Selection, I hadn’t heard about these other books but I’ll be checking them out!

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    1. Several of them are books I grew up on. I’m not even sure where we found them, but they’re available on Amazon and well worth the read 🙂 The N.D. Wilson books were supposed to be a Starbucks book of the week forever ago before his publisher cancelled all publicity plans. I consider them hidden gems 🙂

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  2. The cover of the first book truly is beautiful. Sounds super good, too! Love that the retellings are more subtle & not the main focus. Def adding that one to my TBR.

    I love trashy YA like how you described the Selection series. Gonna add those books, too! Thanks so much for sharing. ♡

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