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!