Books That Are Making Quarantine Tolerable

It’s been 58 days since the Governor in NJ (my home state) enforced a ‘Stay Home’ order. Unless we need to go grocery shopping or to the doctor (and even that’s for extreme cases), we need to stay home for the safety of each others’ health.

At first, the thought of being home for a prolonged period of time sounded beneficial. I can take care of sooo much! I thought. Now I can read more, do more hobbies, etc.…however, weeks (exactly 58 days!) have passed, and from time to time, things can feel very overwhelming.

While reading has taken me longer to settle in than usual (surprisingly, but perhaps expected, considering these circumstances), I’ve realized that when I do settle in with a book, I feel immediately centered and calm.

It’s so amazing how reading always works that way for me!

Here are some books that’s helping me get through Quarantine:

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

This was such a wonderful Historical Fiction tale, woven with supernatural twists!

Lobizona by Romina Garber

An urban fantasy tale with werewolves and witches, while addressing the issue of family separation!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

A story that includes diverse representation with a solid romance!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I loved this poetic tale of two young, Latinx women brought together by a shocking secret.

Reading always comes through for me in times of stress, and they will keep providing comfort after this quarantine ends. While non-essential businesses in the East Coast are being allowed to reopen, I’ll enjoy the comfort of my yard until it’s truly safe to venture outdoors. All I’m going to say is that staying home is the only way to be safe from this virus circulating around. I feel forever grateful for healthcare workers doing everything they can in saving lives!

What is helping you get through quarantine? Feel free to share!

‘Get A Life, Chloe Brown’ by Talia Hibbert/A Review

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Publisher: Avon Books
Length: 368 pages
Genre: Contemporary/Romance
Purchased through Book of the Month
Release Date: November 5, 2019

Synopsis:

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost but not quite dying, shes come up with seven directives to help her Get a Life, and shes already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.


But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…


My Thoughts:

There are so many reasons why I enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown! Now, I normally enjoy many of the books I read (It’s hard for me to find anything distasteful about reading!), but there are special reasons why I particularly enjoyed this novel.

For one thing, Talia Hibbert covers the journey of emotional healing wonderfully! Both Chloe and Red are traveling their own journeys to recovery. Chloe is attempting to heal after fibromyalgia severely effected her social life, while Red is trying to resurrect his art career after personal setbacks flawed his journey. The experiences between Chloe and Red is the perfect ‘hate-to-love’ trope, as each feel strong feelings toward the other, yet the past colors their perceptions into frequent ‘worst case scenarios’. Their road is very steamy (there are plenty of ‘sexy-time’ scenes in the book!) yet their emotions are put to the test frequently, and it was a joy to read.

There is a healthy amount of diverse representation in the book as well! Chloe and her family are African-American, and they take a leading role in the novel. Chloe makes many moves to live independently (moving to her own apartment, self-employed), not letting medical conditions deter her path.

The banter between all of the characters in the book is very humorous! Talia Hibbert brings Chloe and her family to life with their constant quips and sarcastic remarks that reflect immense love!

‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown’ was such an enjoyable book to read! If you’re looking a story rich in diversity and romance, while navigating emotional relationships, then you will really love this story!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Monday: April 6

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This Week’s Post:

Things In Jars by Jess Kidd

Synopsis:
Brodie Devine, female detective extraordinaire, is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.

Blending darkness and light, history and folklore, Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times.

Why I Want To Read It:

This is my local library’s book club selection for April! Although the library is still closed, I fully intend to read this book. As it happens, I received a Libby notification that it’s ready for me to read, so I guess now is the time!