The Stuck At Home Book Tag // Everything I’ve Been Doing In Quarantine

Long days at home have started to become normal.

It’s officially summer for me now that school is out, and I’ve been doing so many different things while in quarantine due to the extra time that I have on my hands.

So today, I‘ve decided to talk more about those things through the Stuck At Home Book Tag! I know I haven’t posted a tag or award for a long time, and since they keep piling up, I really apologize for not getting to most of them. However, since this is a tag that I probably won’t be able to publish once social distancing is a thing of the past, I thought it would be fun to answer the questions today and talk all about my quarantine misadventures!!

Also, if you’re confused as to why I’m posting on Wednesday, I’ve decided to change up my blogging schedule a bit! Basically, I’ll still try to post every single Saturday, but I might occasionally also post on Wednesdays.

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THE RULES…

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you so much to Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies for nominating me to do this a few weeks ago! She’s such an amazing blogger who gives the best book recs – you need to check out & follow her blog asap.
  2. Answer all the questions down below.
  3. Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx.
  4. Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag.

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BecomingI have SO many books that I’m technically supposed to be reading right now, mainly because I get most of my books from the (online now) library and they keep piling up!! But I think the most prominent book on my currently reading list is Becoming by Michelle Obama.

So far, I’m only halfway through —and this is definitely different from what I normally read (YA Contemporary lol) — but Michelle Obama is so inspiring! I’ve been wanting to read this for so long, and I think I’m going to love it. I also really want to watch the documentary after I finish the book!

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CAN’T-LEAVE-THE-HOUSE-ACTIVITY?

There are so many things I’ve been doing recently that I can’t narrow it down to just one! Here are a few of the things I’ve been doing, though:

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  • Binge-watching TV Shows! I am absolutely obsessed with The Good Place on Netflix, and I’ve been watching a few a lot of epsiodes almost every night. (it doesn’t help that each episode ends with a cliffhanger ok) I love this show so much that I could honestly write an entire review on it!!
  • I’ve also been trying to read a lot, which works out most days…
  • Another thing I’ve been doing is photography! My friend and I are planning on creating a special album to showcase this summer, and it’s been so much fun taking and editing all the pictures.
 

A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ FOREVER?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)I’ve been wanting to read Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe for such a long time!! It’s definitely a favorite all around the book community, and so many amazing bloggers I follow have loved it. The majority of reviews on Goodreads have given this 5 stars, and it just sounds SO good!

I think my hold for this from the library just went through, so hopefully I can read it soon? But, like I mentioned above, I have a bunch of books that I plan on “reading soon,” so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. I want to like this so badly, and I hope I will!

 

AN INTIMIDATING BOOK ON YOUR TBR?

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)This is definitely The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater! Don’t get me wrong: I absolutely love The Raven Cycle series and all the precious characters… but I’ve been putting off reading this for the longest time because it takes me 20-ish minutes to get invested in it. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is beautiful, but a bit heavy and dense, and as of now I’m longing to read just contemporaries with fluffy writing styles!

It’s also kind of intimidating that this is the last book of the series. Blue Lily, Lily Blue left so many problems to resolve, so I really hope that this is a powerful conclusion!

 

TOP THREE PRIORITY BOOKS ON YOUR TBR?

Brown Girl Dreaming You Should See Me in a Crown The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

  • Brown Girl Dreaming: I mentioned this in my post about books by Black authors I want to read soon, and many people commented on that post saying they loved it! I haven’t read a book written in verse for a long time, so I’m really excited for this — I think it will be touchingly beautiful!
  • You Should See Me In A Crown: This book has been on my TBR for so long, and it was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases! The cover is stunning, the premise sounds very beautiful, the f/f romance sounds adorable and if you can’t already tell, I have very high expectations.
  • The Raven King: Like I mentioned above, I’ve been putting off reading this for… a few months, mostly because I am the biggest mood reader ever! which i’m trying to change but then it just makes reading feel like a chore :((  But I really miss the Gangsey, the mysterious world and the special feeling this series has, so I hope I can read this soon?
 

RECOMMEND A SHORT BOOK?

Other Words for HomeOther Words for Home is the most beautiful Middle Grade novel written in verse! I mentioned it in my post about heartwarming MG novels by Asian authors last month, which just goes to show how much I love it because I’m mentioning it again.

I know this is over 300 pages long, but it’s written in verse, so it really isn’t that long of read! I read this in about 2 hours, and the blend of powerful themes about growth and identity as well as the beautiful writing made it one of my favorite novels. I will keep recommending Other Words For Home to everyone I know because it’s just that amazing of a book!

 

RECOMMEND A LONG BOOK?

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Scythe is another one of my favorite books due to the compelling ideas and themes it explores that truly make you think. It’s over 400 pages and yet, even though I’ve read it twice, each of those times I was hooked on page one and couldn’t put it down!

The worldbuilding in this novel is truly amazing, I’ll always be in awe of how Neal Shusterman expertly crafted it. It’s so interesting to read about how the characters change throughout as well! I just love this book and if you haven’t read it yet, definitely go pick it up.

 

SOMETHING YOU’D LOVE TO DO WHILE STUCK AT HOME?

I made a (very long) quarantined summer bucket list with my friend, so there are countless things I want to try to do while stuck at home! But I think the things I’m most excited for are:

  • Redecorating My Bedroom: This has been a project on my mind ever since last year, especially because I love interior design! I think this summer might be the perfect time for me to begin redecorating.
  • Learning Spanish: I’ve wanted to learn Spanish for so long, but I’ve never really taken the initiative to do more than 5 minutes of practice on Duolingo each day! I’m hoping to change that soon and try to learn more Spanish while stuck at home.
  • Being More Active in the Blogiverse & Reading More Often: These past few weeks, you might have noticed that I sort of… disappeared from the blogging community. I’ve been getting back into blog hopping slowly, but I really want to be more active in the community! I’m also planning on reading a lot and tackling my tbr.
 

WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON READING NEXT?

Brown Girl DreamingI’m just going to mention books I’ve already talked about to answer this question, because I already have copies of both and really need to read them soon!The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) (And yes, we are ignoring the fact that I have way too many books I’m supposed to be ‘currently reading’ and instead accepting that I cannot change my Mood Reader Ways)

I want to read Brown Girl Dreaming as soon as I can for all the reasons I mentioned above! And even though it might take me a while to get invested in The Raven King, I feel bad for putting it off and am planning on reading it ASAP as well.

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I TAG…

And anyone else who’d like to do this tag! (Also, please don’t feel pressured to do it if I tagged you!)

Let's Chat

what books have you been reading while at home? what’s something new you’d like to do in quarantine? what’s up next on your tbr? how have you been doing lately??

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57 thoughts on “The Stuck At Home Book Tag // Everything I’ve Been Doing In Quarantine

  1. There’s no pressure to be very active in the blogging community! Sometimes we need a break / are busy with life things and that’s okay, but I’m very excited that you’re happy to be returning ❤

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  2. the amount of joy I got seeing you mentioning Ari and Dante..myeah I’m obsessed. But I hope whenever u read it u love it!! Also can sooo relate on being a mood reader, a few series I’ve started I still haven’t finished just because I’m too scared / not in the mood for them? Also blue lily was my fave in the series but I found the raven king…kinda disappointing? Like it was good but I wanted more from it and things felt lacking. Not to put you off reading it!! It’s a solid conclusion!! I also want to read becoming ! I’ve had a library hold on it forever but I still have like a month left to wait :((( also thanks so much for tagging me !!! I needed an excuse to do this tags and never have post ideas so will definitely be doing this soon.

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    1. haha i’m definitely excited for it after seeing you and other bloggers love it, i hope i really love it as well!! and lmao same about not being able to finish series!! i just,,, don’t feel like reading specific books sometimes for no reason other than that i’m not in the mood :(( Blue Lily, Lily Blue is definitely my favorite in TRC so far, i loved it so much 😭😭 and oh no, i totally get what you mean though because after Blue Lily i have very high expectations haha. ahh oh no i really hope you get to read Becoming soon and love it!! it’s amazing so far! aw yay, i can’t wait to see your answers, Ilsa ❤❤

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  3. Thank so much for tagging me Ash! I actually saw this tag on Rhi’s feed and thought it looked so fun so I’ll definitely look forward to posting this (I’ll prioritise this post because obviously it would be weird if I did it in a few months when we are *hopefully* not stuck at home 😂) but all your answers were amazing! I’m actually taking Spanish as one of my subjects and it is such a beautiful subject so all the best with learning it 💗 Ah The Good Place!! I totally agree, I feel like if I wrote a review it would be so lengthy 😂 It’s such a light hearted show and I want it practically everday too (the episodes are only 20 minutes long, it’s not our fault we’re addicted 😭) And The Raven Cycle sounds really good, so many book bloggers mention this serious and I must read it but at the same time I’m in quite a dense read at the moment that takes so much concentration so I’m hoping to read a cute and fluffy contemporary with those romances that I live for 😂 I love that you made a posting schedule, amazing! I try post every Friday chapters of my novel and at some point in the week a general post ☺️ Thanks again for tagging me Ash!! 💖 Hope you manage to tackle your tbr and the photo album sounds lovely!!

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    1. of course!! Rhi’s post was so fun and i hope you enjoy answering these questions!! (haha yes i really hope that quarantine is over in a few months!) aw thank you so much, i’m so excited to learn Spanish and i hope i stay motivated to do at least a little each day. 😅 The Good Place is SO good ughhh, if i were to review it my post would probably be over 10k words 😂 and yes, the episodes are so short but they all end on cliffhangers 😭😭

      omg you should definitely read The Raven Cycle, it’s so amazing and i love it ahhh but i definitely agree that it’s the opposite of fluffy!! 😅 and aw thank you – i love your posting schedule (we need more about your novel asap)!! yay i can’t wait to read your answers! thank you so much 🥰❤

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      1. It really was!! Yes I actually can’t wait 💕 Me too, it’s not that I hate it because I’m a home bird anyway but I just have some FOMO 😂 Of course, I’m sure you will! You can slay this ✨ I started learning Italian but I feel like I’ve got way too much on my plate right now, so I thought it’s best if I pause Italian for now and come back to it soon ☺️ Yesss it is!! I swear I watched like three or four episodes last night, oops!! 😂 Agreed I kinda want to do a character analysis or something because It hint that would be so fun to do all that research 😌 I know right it’s like they purposefully want you to watch another episode (duh amber) 😂

        Ooo thank you I’ll definitely give it a try!! Yes I need fluffy reads sometimes 😭 Thank you so much, yep this past week and a half I’ve been doing a lot of planning and I’m going to try get the prologue out today 🙂 Of course girlie and no stress!! 💓 I also need to start scheduling some posts ASAP!! 😂

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  4. Thank you so much for nominating me! How do you like Becoming? I’ve been meaning to pick it up! ARI AND DANTE and THE RAVEN KING are both amazing, you neeeed to pick them up 🥺 You Should See Me In A Crown also sounds amazing!
    Ooh, I remember when Other Words For Home was hyped! The cover is beautifullll and I hope to pick it up!
    I’m probably going to read Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell next for a readathon so I’m excited 😉

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    1. of course, i cannot wait to read your answers if you do this! Becoming is so inspiring and amazing so far, you should definitely pick it up!! ahh yessss i finally started reading The Raven King and i love it sm 🥺🥺 i’m so excited for Ari & Dante and You Should See Me In A Crown toooo 😭

      omg definitely tell me what you think of Other Words for Home if you end up reading it, i love it so much 🥰 and ooh i’ve been meaning to read Pumpkinheads for a while so i can’t wait to see your thoughts! ❤❤

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  5. i absolutely loved becoming! i have recently watched the documentary on netflix and found that to be so inspiring as well. my favorite thing about it is that we actually get to see other young girls and their lives and narratives, which added such a great layer to the story. i love the obamas, honestly, and it was really great hearing her talk about hopeful times. it made me feel hopeful as well for better days ahead!
    i thought i’d be binge-watching a lot more during quarantine, but i am actually trying to take my time with tv shows so they don’t end too quickly, hahah. i’ve been allowing myself one episode a day, and trying to focus on other activities, but sometimes i will give in and binge a season in a couple of days, hahah.
    i hope you do love ari & dante (it’s my favorite book of all times, lol) and the raven king too! i recently finished you should see me in a crown and it was a really fun read: it was kinda tropey and cliché, but in the best way possible!
    i really need to start practicing a new language! i told myself i’d try to learn french during quarantine and i haven’t made much progress at all. i think i’m very intimidated by the idea of learning a new language. i ended up learning english when i was really young and i’ve always been okay at it, so i am afraid that i won’t be as good at it and i keep putting it off, which is such a bad mindset! but all the luck on your spanish learning!

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    1. i just finished Becoming and it was so powerful and inspiring!! ahh yes, i also started the documentary a few days ago and can’t wait to finish that as well — i completely agree with you!

      that’s a smart idea haha!! i binge-watched a lot in May and finished many seasons, but i think i’m trying to take it slower now. 😅 i’ve honestly only heard good things about Ari & Dante, and i hope to read it soon!!! omg yes, i finished You Should See Me in a Crown recently as well and loved it so much 😊

      i’ve been procrastinating language learning as well oops, i’m definitely intimidated too by how much work i’d have to put in to stay on top of it :(( thank you so much ❤❤

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  6. This was such a fun tag! I’ve only read the first book in The Raven Cycle, but Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors and I’m hoping to read the rest of the series soon! And Scythe is AMAZING!! One of my favorites I’ve read this year!

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  7. ahh ash, thank you so much for tagging me!!

    literally all of these books are on my tbr, especially becoming Michelle Obama! that woman is *such* a powerhouse and I’m excited to read her book soon! also, brown girl dreaming is such a beautiful book, and I hope you love it whenever you read it! I didn’t know other words for home was in verse but now I’m even more excited for it because middle grade books written in simple yet heart wrenching verse is…. the best thing ever (‘inside out and back again’ by thanhha lai and ‘full cicada moon’ by marilyn hilton are also mg books written in verse and I love them!) and scythe!! Neal shusterman’s writing is so good (I’ve only read unwind by him haha but I loved it so much!) so I hope to read it soon!

    anyways, loved this post, ash! (also!!! love the new cursive theme you use for your blog now! the script looks sooo pretty!!)

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    1. of course, i can’t wait to see your answers if you do this!!

      ahh Michelle Obama is such an inspiration! i just finished Becoming and it was amazing, i hope you enjoy it ❤ i’m so excited to read Brown Girl Dreaming, and i hope you love Other Words For Home! omg yes i am so here for middle grade books written in verse 🥺🥺 (thank you for the recs, i have to check them out asap)

      neal shusterman’s writing really is amazing, i can’t wait for you to pick up Scythe! and ahh thank you so much!!! 😭💖

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  8. This is such a great tag that I just might do it 😂 I feel you on the wanting to be more active in the blogging community, it’s actually one of my goals for this year. Maybe try to dedicate 1 day each week to replying to comments and reading & commenting on other people’s posts? That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Also, I hope you enjoy The Raven King! I read it a while ago but remember loving it so I hope you do too.

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  9. Ash, I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, but you have to read Ari & Dante, it’s SO adorable and beautiful!! I’m sure you’ll love it 😍👏🏻 and I loved The Raven King, but still prefer the third book over all others. I hope you’re having a great June, beautiful ❤️✨

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    1. Ari & Dante is definitely a favorite in the blogging community and i cannot wait to read it!! 😊 i completely agree, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is my fav of the series but i’m excited to finish The Raven King as well. aw thank you, you too!! ❤❤

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  10. Hey! I just nominated you for the Mystery Blogger award! I hope you do it! Just check out my blog and the post is there. If you don’t see it, search it!

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  11. i still remember using duolingo to teach myself spanish and always avoiding all the spoken exercises because i don’t want to speak out loud to my phone when i commute😂 it’s amazing that you’ve decided to make the most out of your time by learning a new language, and i wish you the best on your journey!
    brown girl dreaming is honestly one of the most beautiful books i’ve ever read – jacqueline woodson’s writing is so incredibly raw and emotional. and i’m also looking forward to reading you should see me in a crown! looking forward to hearing your thoughts 😀

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    1. haha yes 😅😅 and aw, thank you so much!!! ❤ ahh your praise makes me even more excited to read Brown Girl Dreaming, i hope to pick it up soon! i just finished You Should See Me In A Crown and absolutely loved it, i can’t wait for you to enjoy it!! 🥰

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  12. Ooh yay I hope you get to redecorate your bedroom like you want to. I did mine a few years ago and I love it so much!! Good luck with learning Spanish too. I’m definitely ordering Scythe into the library when they reopen as I’ve seen so many fantastic things about that series. Although I’m currently reading nothing 🙈 I’m hoping to start again over the weekend or early next week though. I hope you enjoy all of the books that you mentioned and have a wonderful rest of the month.

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    1. aw thank you!! i was able to start redecorating in June and i’m happy with how it turned out!! 😊 Scythe is such an amazing book, i really hope you enjoy it ❤ haha no worries, it’s definitely okay to take a break! thank you so much, you too 🥰

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  13. The Raven King was definitely such an intimidating book to get through! *flops* I really disliked Blue Lily, Lily Blue, so I enjoyed it more, but it was still a bit of an endeavor 😂 Brown Girl Dreaming is at the top of my TBR, too! I can’t wait to read that one, and I hope you love it!

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  14. Ahh I loved reading your answers for this. I haven’t read Becoming, but I’ve seen the documentary recently and it was really inspiring. I’ll have to give the book a try 🙂
    Happy reading! ❤ ❤

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  15. I just ordered a copy of Becoming! It should be arriving sometime this week and I’m very excited! Also, The Good Place is so fantastic! I absolutely adore that show, and I’m so happy you’re enjoying it too!

    I’m also going to take a moment to add to the Aristotle & Dante hype! That books is just so good! I re-read it last month and it was still perfection in every way! Right now I’m currently reading You Should See Me In a Crown and I’m really enjoying it so far! I hope you love once you get to it!

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    1. i hope you love Becoming, i just finished it and it was so inspiring and powerful!! also yes, The Good Place is an amazing show 😊

      ahhh all the excitement for Ari & Dante makes me so excited to pick it up, i’m planning on reading it very soon and can’t wait! i’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying You Should See Me In A Crown, i also finished it recently and loved it!! ❤❤

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  16. YES to you should see me in a crown!! it makes me so happy to see all the excitement for it, it’s such a fantastic book and i can’t wait for everyone to read it ❤ and yes the good place is so good! i haven't been able to watch season 4 (i'm waiting for it to go up on netflix) but i'm so excited to

    ah i really hope you love ari and dante!! it's so well-loved, as you said, and for good reason 😎 and i just added brown girl dreaming to my tbr!! i've been wanting to read more books in verse and it sounds like it'll be a beautiful story 💞 great post!!

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    1. i finished You Should See Me In A Crown recently and i loved it so much, i’m so glad you enjoyed it as well!!! The Good Place is such a great show, i really hope you enjoy season 4 when it comes on netflix ❤❤

      i’m so so excited for Ari & Dante, i’ve heard the best things about it and should pick it up very soon! i hope we both love Brown Girl Dreaming, i’m planning on reading it soon as well and it definitely sounds like a beautiful story. thank you 🥰

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  17. I love this tag! What a fun way to get to know people. 🙂 I’ve definitely been spending too much time binging TV shows – and I was in a huge reading slump throughout April and May, so I’m very excited to get back into reading. I started listening to the audiobook of Becoming a few months ago and was quite enjoying it, but had to return it to the library (whoops), so thanks for the reminder that I need to finish it. XD Good luck with all of your summer goals!

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    1. it’s such a fun tag!! and haha yes, it’s so easy to get sucked into a tv show! i hope your reading slump gets better soon ❤ also yessss, Becoming is such an inspiring novel and i hope you get to finish it soon!! thank you so much 🥰

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  18. I’m also a big fan of the Scythe books, they are so interesting and always really intense 😱 I also read Becoming this year and though it took me a while to get through the book I ended up really liking it – Michelle’s journey was truly so inspiring to read about 😊

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    1. yes!! Neal Shusterman comes up with the best plot haha. it took me a while to get through Becoming as well, but i think that’s mostly due to the fact that i rarely read nonfiction 😅 i definitely loved it in the end, Michelle Obama is so so inspiring and powerful!! ❤

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