I have been away for a while. I needed some time away from the blog to refresh myself. While I’ve been away, I have still been reading but a lot less. I’ve been finding it hard to concentrate or to find something to hold my attention for long periods of time. This, unfortuantly, hasn’t stopped me from buying books. As my first post back, I thought I might talk about all of the books I bought during lockdown (since the middle of March). I definitely bought way too many during such a short period of time, but I am happy I have them all on my shelves!
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The first book I bought was Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I got this book so that I could read it for the Easter Readathon, however I never ended up finishing it. It was one of those books that I was really enjoying but then I kept losing concentration (no fault to the book) and I put it down. I’m yet to continue reading it, but when I do I’m sure I am going to love it.
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Anyone who follows me on instagram knows that ever since the beginning of lockdown, I became obsessed with musicals! This obsession made its way into my reading habits and I ended up purchasing the novel version of Dear Evan Hansen. It was really strange going from watching the muscial to reading it. I definitely did not enjoy it as much as the muscial or the soundtrack, but I did still enjoy the book.
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrying on with the musical obsession, it led to me to finding Carrie Hope Fletcher. I first started watching her Youtube Channel and her theatre vlogs, and on a whim I bought When the Curtain Falls and I fell in love. You can check out my review here. I loved her writing style and decided that I would purchase her other novels: On the Other Side; All That She Can See; and In the Time We Lost. I have since read All That She Can See and have started but not yet finished In the Time We Lost. I’m so glad I got these books, I definitely saw a shift in my reading habits after picking them up and during that time, was the perfect thing for me.
It was at this point during lockdown where I finally lost to bookstagram. I had been seeing Beth O’Leary’s books The Flat Share and The Switch everywhere, so I had to buy them! I’ve yet to read The Switch but I adored The Flat Share. I related a lot more to the characters than I initially expected and the story in itself was just a pleasant surprise.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
This was one that Twitter made me buy. For a couple of days it seemed like everyone was talking about You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Once I had looked up the synopsis, I had to preorder it straight away. This one was painful, because the American version came out a month before the UK version. So, I had to watch everyone read and love this book while still waiting for my copy. Then when it finally arrived, I got into a huge reading slump and I still haven’t read it. I think I am going to try the audiobook for it soon.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender intrigued me due to the diversity of the main character: black, queer and transgender. Again, due to my reading slump I haven’t picked this one up yet, but I haven’t seen anyone talk about this negatively yet. It is one of the ones I am most excited about on this list and even though I haven’t been in the mood to read, I keep looking at this one and loving everything it represents.
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
This book had been on my radar for a couple of years due to the bipolar representation. I have no idea why I never picked it up back then, but I was reminded of it when I saw it again on Instagram. I am also obsessed with the edition I have (it’s not secret I am a sucker for beautiful covers).
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
This one I got about a quarter of the way through it when I had to put it to one side for the time being. It is written beautifully, but it was quite upsetting for me to read. My mental health wasn’t in the best place at the time and reading it just wasn’t a good choice for me. I am very grateful that I am privileged that I could read this and be upset by it, instead of living it. It follows Cora who is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia and her attempt and failures of escaping with Caesar. When I am in a better place to read this one, I know that it is going to be a brilliant read.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
I was recommended this book by a friend who absolutely loved it. I am someone who struggles with non-ficiton in general, so I have been struggling to find the motivation to pick it up. I recently travelled to the coast a couple of times and I have taken it with me everytime because I want to read it. But then the fear of non-fiction kicks in and it stays unopened. I think eventually I will read it in bits – a chapter here and there.
The last three books that I bought are the only ones that I got from going into a book store. Obviously due to lockdown, all the shops were shut but last week I was finally able to walk into a book store and browse through some books. I spent way too long in there, but it felt amazing.
Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
My favourite subject at school was history and for whatever reason, recently I have been on a massive history kick again. This book was highly recommended to me, so I decided that I would pick this one up. I have started listening to the audiobook for it and already I’ve learnt things about the Tudor Queen that I never knew.
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
Mixing two of the obsessions: musicals and history – The Court of Miracles was advertised to me as a Les Miserables retelling. I haven’t started this one yet, but from the conversation I had with one of the book shop workers it is really good!
Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Finally, like many people, since the Hamilton proshot was put on Disney+, I have been captivated by it. Naturally, this lead to me wanting to devour anything related to it. Whilst, this doesn’t have a connection to the musical, it revolved around the same historical characters so I had to get it. I’m about 60 pages in and already really enjoying it – Eliza is portrayed so differently in this novel than the musical and I love it.
After compiling the list, I thought I had bought more! Though this is still a lot of books (more than I should have bought!). Did you buy many during the lockdown period and have your read any on this list?