Top 10 Tuesday — Books in The Time of Quarantine

31 Mar

Today’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is Signs You Are A Book Lover. I was going to skip this week because I am really bad at these kinds of things. Then I wondered if I could do a quarantine-twist on the topic. I have a two week head start on most of you out there due to my surgery for breast cancer. Covid-19 was in the news of course, but it was a passing topic of conversation not all anybody could talk or think about. I was just about to be sprung from house arrest, when the President and my Governor said not so fast. So what does a bookworm’s existence look like during a quarantine? From my interactions on social media, not much different than regular life, except you don’t have to defend time spent reading. 😉

There are a few things that are different, so here goes my

Books in The Time of Quarantine List.

Libraries have closed, bookstore likewise, and Amazon is not *gasp* delivering books! But I am content because I have so many books on my shelves and on my Kindle. Even if we quarantine for months longer, I won’t run out of books to read. The picture below is just one of my TBR bookcases.

Friends start tagging you (a lot) on FB with funny book memes and pictures of posters, sweatshirts, and mugs. Cute things that I can order on line. But I hate to break it to them — I already own cute shirts and such with bookish themes.

You host a virtual book club on FB. I was so excited by my post-op progress — I was going to be able to go to book club! Until I wasn’t. 🙁  I just had to discuss that book though, so some of us got together and had a discussion. We had people attend from Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina! Even the author all the way from California showed up! Thanks, Sarah Sundin!  Was it ideal? No. Was it awkward? Yes. But I learned a lot on how to go about discussing books virtually, and we will try it again in April.

Books have made me examine my own experiences in a new light. A couple of the books I read in March were set during WWI and WWII. Those times of uncertainty and upheaval put today’s crisis in perspective. The way people met Spanish Flu and wartime trauma was inspiring. I loved the examples of determination and community unity that got people through really horrrible times.


Has your reading changed?

Are you doing books in a different way?

I would love to hear your bookish quarantine experiences.

11 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Books in The Time of Quarantine”

  1. kathyscottage March 31, 2020 at 7:54 am #

    The bakery is my favorite place to read, away from home. Well, since the pandemic, I can’t read at the bakery. They are open for take out only and they have fewer hours. I do have plenty of books, so, I should be ok.

    • rbclibrary March 31, 2020 at 8:12 am #

      It will be nice to get back to some normal routines!

  2. lydiaschoch March 31, 2020 at 9:43 am #

    That sweatshirt is adorable!

    My TTT .

  3. Paula Shreckhise March 31, 2020 at 10:22 am #

    I also have tons on my TBR Mountain. I got three books in the mail yesterday! Got three to do for review. I’m retired so not much has changed. I keep adding to my kindle because authors are giving books away and , of course, I cannot resist! So much for paring down my stashes! At least I’m 11 books ahead of my yearly goal on good Reads.
    Bye, back to reading if I can clear my numerous emails! Happy reading!

  4. Barbara Harper March 31, 2020 at 4:26 pm #

    I hope your surgery went well and you’re recovering as much as possible. You’d think I’d have extra time, as the calendar has been cleared and my husband has taken over the shopping–he felt better if just one of us went out. But it seems like my days are filled more than usual. He and my son wanted me to make face masks for them. I’m almost done with that, so maybe then my time will ease up a bit. I have several TBR books stacked on my shelves and dozens in my Kindle app, so I am looking forward to some quarantine reading.

    • rbclibrary April 1, 2020 at 6:36 am #

      I am doing very well, but I am restless. It’s hard to concentrate on reading, so I am falling behind. I have to force myself to stay off the computer.

  5. Lauren @ Always Me March 31, 2020 at 8:17 pm #

    I’m so glad that my library’s digital library is open so we can still check out ebooks and eaudiobooks.

    Check out my TTT and my March Read Harder Challenge Update

    • rbclibrary April 1, 2020 at 6:35 am #

      Ebooks and audiobooks are great!

  6. susanblogginboutbooks March 31, 2020 at 10:44 pm #

    Wow, your quarantine has been especially long! I’m so sorry. That must be tough. I’m glad you’re staying positive about it all 🙂

    Is Amazon really not delivering books? I ordered a few last week and I got them, just not as fast as promised. Good thing I have enough books on hand to keep me busy for a few apocalypses, even though I’m always looking for something shiny and new to read.

    Happy TTT!


    • rbclibrary April 1, 2020 at 6:34 am #

      Glad you got your books! Amazon is prioritizing deliveries. I guess they don’t realize books are essential! Since I am now in a high-risk category, I’ll probably be staying in even when the lockdown eases. The less exposure, the less chance of catching it.

  7. Julia April 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm #

    I’m sorry you have breast cancer, I hope you recover and feel better soon! Cool spin- I would be going crazy if I didn’t have books right now! You HAVE To read
    A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier- you are totally right that reading books in those times and disasters puts today into perspective!!

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