COVID-19 – Flattening the curve with pj’s and a massive TBR pile.

Hi All,
Firstly, I’d like to extend my well wishes to everyone. It’s such a strange, difficult time and people are struggling. I hope you all get through this sane, healthy and with a smaller stack of books waiting to be read.

Just before the lockdown I went to a sale at the local book warehouse. (In Rand, here in South Africa, the average brand new book goes for about R150 – R200.)
For R500 each customer received a box, about the standard size of a moving box, just a little shorted and wider and we were let loose in the store. You could fill the box flat for your R500.

I managed to fix twenty six books in my box and significantly grow my TBR pile, which I am grateful for considering the current circumstances.

A list of the books I bought:
– American God’s – Neil Gaiman. (Already finished)
– Lady Killer – Martina Cole. (Already finished)
– Citadel – Kate Mosse.
– Winter Ghosts – Kate Mosse.
– The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne.
– Rembrandt’s Mirror – Kim Deveruex (Already read, reviewed in my previous post)
– Hawley book of the dead – Chrysler Szarlan.
– Antony & Cleopatra – Collen McCullough.
– In Lucia’s eyes – Arthur Japin.
– Frankenstein – Mary Shelly.
– The Mermaid & Mr Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar.
– Fighting Ruben Wolfe – Markus Zusak.
– The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
– City of Dark Magic – Magnus Flyte.
– Windacre – Phillipa Gregory.
– The Kingdom of Little Wounds – Susan Cokal.
– Betrayal – Kate Furnivall.
– Hannibal Rising – Thomas Harris.
– Chosen – P.C & Kristen Cast.
– The Duke – Gaelen Foley.
– The book of speculation – Erika Swyler.
– The Prophecy of bees – R.S Pateman.
– The paytriot’s Churchill – Richard M Longworth.
– Aesop’s Fables – Aesop. (I read one or two of these every night or morning)
– Don Quixote – Cervantes.
– Far from the madding crowd – Thomas Hardy.
– Infinite days – Rebecca Maizel.

The box.
All the pretty covers.

Trying to stay positive and look on the bright side of this mess we’re in, I am thankful to have a job that allows me to work from home in sweats and no bra (it’s the little things that make this all bearable) and due the the fact that I’m not travelling, I have more time to dig into this haul and feel less guilty about staying up too late and reading as much as I want.
I know tons of people have had losses, jobs, relatives, friends…I extend my sincerest condolences and hope that you continue to stay motivated and focused. Don’t let the negatives get you down. Use every opportunity to find new ways of getting ahead, staying strong and supporting those who need it.

Comment of this post:
– What should I read next from the list above?
– What are you doing to keep busy and focused during these troubled times?
– What are you hoping to achieve once this is all over?
– And what are you currently reading?

Happy reading friends!

xx – M.


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