My Coronavirus Break TBR (ft. it’s not what it sounds like)

Hey sunshines!

The title may have… ~thrown you off~ but these books are actually not related to COVID-19 at all! You may remember that I have three weeks (now pretty much two weeks) off from school because of this virus and the disease (which has spread to SOMEONE I KNOW and who my father hung out with recently) (on another note, my dad thinks that he had the virus for a day or two because he showed all those symptoms but he recovered quickly. If he passed it onto us, it hasn’t shown yet… I’M SCARED Y’ALL).

Anyways, I thought I’d catch up on my reading challenge this year by reading a lot over the break! Sadly, my library is closed, so physical books aren’t really an option. On the other hand, I’ve started trying audiobooks! I’ll probably make a post on that sometime soon if you guys want it 🙂

Now to get right into it!

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With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I’m actually in the middle of this one right now! It’s very good and it’s my first audiobook.

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~Synopsis~

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.


Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I just finished Crooked Kingdom (you can find some screaming on my Goodreads) and really want to get back into the Grishaverse, especially after some of the characters from this trilogy appeared.

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~Synopsis~

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I’ve heard a ton of amazing things about this book including some really great POC and LGBTQ+ rep! I’m eager to dive right into it. (hopefully, the audiobook is good!)

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~Synopsis~

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she’s unafraid to be herself.

So when the fragile trust between them is broken, Frances is caught between who she was and who she longs to be. Now Frances knows that she has to confront her past. To confess why Carys disappeared…

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.


Love From A to Z: A Novel by S.K. Ali

There are mixed reviews about this book, but apparently, it’s really good and the perfect -soft- contemporary book.

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~Synopsis~

marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoesbecause they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zaynebs teacher, who wont stop reminding the class how bad Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s. (more)


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Another Elizabeth Acevedo book! Yes! I’m already eager (even though I’m not even done with my first oop). It’s also narrated by the author herself again so that’s reassuring!

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~Synopsis~

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mothers religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. (more)


The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

For some reason, the hype has died down or something? I remembered everyone reading it around six months ago ish but it does sound really compelling even now! I just hope the book meets the hype.

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~Synopsis~

Henry Monty Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father havent been able to curb any of his roguish passionsnot for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. (more)


A Very Large Expanse Of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

The narrative reminds me a lot of The Hate U Give and a few good friends have loved this book a lot! (plus the cover is pretty lit amirite)

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~Synopsis~

Its 2002, a year after 9/11. Its an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl whos tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. Shes tired of the rude stares, the degrading commentseven the physical violenceshe endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. (more)


Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

So the synopsis is so weird?? And I’ve heard weird things in reviews too, but the cover is too good to not read (DO judge a book by a cover)!

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~Synopsis~

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.

But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.

Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. (more)


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Sophie has been wanting me to read this for a while and I’m really excited about this!! Especially… some cinnamon role character- Adam I think?? XD

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~Synopsis~

There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Marks Eve, Neeve said. Either youre his true love . . . or you killed him.

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees themnot until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. (more)

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I hope you guys enjoyed this! It was pretty easy and light to write and I really hope I get to at least five of these books over my break.

Would you be interested in reading about my audiobook experiences? How many of these books have you read? Which one should I start with first after finishing With The Fire On High?

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37 thoughts on “My Coronavirus Break TBR (ft. it’s not what it sounds like)

  1. Aww.. this is a really scary time but I’m sending you all my best wishes!! And reading is great for getting to get lost and escape for a while!! Stay safe!! 💛
    And you have so many good books to read– With The Fire On High, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, A Very Large Expanse of Sea are all on my TBR and I’m excited. The Gentlemen’s is narrated by the guy who played Tom Riddle in Chamber of Secrets I think which is so cool!!

    Yay The Raven Boys, I love it!!! 😍😍 Adam is my favourite, he can be a cinnamon roll but he can also be hard so I find him really interesting. All the characters are great though. I’m excited to hear your thoughts, no pressure though 😂
    Happy reading 💙 and I hope you enjoy the audio books (I would love a post on them) I enjoy listening to them, I only started last year though!!

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    1. It is and thank you for the wishes!! I hope you stay safe too ❤
      Haha I know right?? WTFOH I just finished and it was so amazing *heart eyes* I'm glad I read it!! And omg that's so cool- an actor and an audiobook narrator haha 😉
      Yay I'm so excited! 💛 I'm very interested in reading it and learning about the characters since it's a very hyped up book! And haha of course I'll share my thoughts!! ❤
      You too! Thank youuu ❤

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  2. Ahhh Radio Silence is a beautiful book and I’m desperate to read The Poet X. I will never stop screaming at people to read Noughts And Crosses and so if you haven’t already – GO READ ITTTTT NOWWWW xx

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  3. AHHH PLEASE READ THE RAVEN BOYS AND A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA AND AND OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS!!!!!!! asdfghjkl sorry i’ll stop flailing but The Raven Cycle (THE CHARACTERS 😍 THE SHIPS 😍) and A Very Large Expanse of Sea (THE THEMES 😍 THE RELATIONSHIPS 😍) are definitely some of my favorite novels!! Opposite of Always is also really good. hopefully you’ll love them as much as i did so we can fangirl 😉 and ooh, i’ve been wanting to read With The Fire on High and The Poet X for a while, i can’t wait to see your thoughts!

    i’m so sorry to hear about what happened with your dad, stay safe ❤ ❤ sending love!!

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  4. AHHH PLEASE READ THE RAVEN BOYS AND A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA AND AND OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS!!!!!!! asdfghjkl sorry i’ll stop flailing but The Raven Cycle (THE CHARACTERS 😍 THE SHIPS 😍) and A Very Large Expanse of Sea (THE THEMES 😍 THE RELATIONSHIPS 😍) are definitely some of my favorite novels!! Opposite of Always is also really good. hopefully you’ll love them as much as i did so we can fangirl 😉 and ooh, i’ve been wanting to read With The Fire on High and The Poet X for a while, i can’t wait to see your thoughts!

    i’m so sorry to hear about what happened with your dad, stay safe ❤ ❤ sending love!!

    (also ug WP is acting up for me, i'm honestly not sure if this comment went through the first time, so i'm posting it again… feel free to delete it if it's a duplicate)

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  5. Oh no I hope you’re ok? I’ve not been well the past few weeks and it was suspected to have been the virus as I had all the symptoms but they’re not testing in the UK if you’re self isolating so I’ll never know for sure, but whatever it was is horrible! All of these books sound so interesting, great post!

    Stay safe 💛

    Emily M x

    http://www.princessemilym.wordpress.com

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    1. Yes I’m ok, I don’t have it as of now lol (my throat feels a bit scratchy though)!! I hope you feel better 😦 oh, the exact same thing happened to my dad- he was pretty sick for two days with all the COVID-19 symptoms but obviously couldn’t get tested. Thank you for the comment, Emily!
      ❤ you too!

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  6. *squeals* YESSSSSS TO THE RAVEN BOYS AND A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA!!!!!! 😀 asdfghjkl both of those books are on my favorites list…. i love them so much!!!!!! i can’t wait to see your thoughts on them! 😉 and oooh, i’ve been wanting to read The Poet X and With The Fire on High for sooo long… i hope you like them!

    i’d also love to read about your audiobook experiences! and that’s so scary to hear about what’s going on with your dad… sending my love ❤ ❤ stay safe xx

    (also, i tried posting this comment like 3 times lol, there's something wrong with my computer bc it's not letting me post WP comments right now 🙄 but if you've already gotten my comment, feel free to delete the duplicate haha!)

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    1. YAYYY! I REALLY HOPE I LIKE THEM!! it’s very reassuring that a ton of my friends like them since they all have great taste 😉 With The Fire On High is a seriously great five-star read: the descriptions are to die for!! And thank you I’ll totally do that! stay safe my friend ❤
      (omg I was checking my spam comments for a possible post and I realized that you tried posting it but it went in my spam, I'm so sorry! but thank you SO much for keeping on trying it means the world to me <3)

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    1. I know righttt same 😭 lmao try Scribd or Audible, they both have free one-month trials! (Scribd you only need an email, Audible you need an Amazon account) They also have A TON of books lol

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  7. YESSSS PLS READ THE RAVEN BOYS AND A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA!!!!!!!! *fangirls* 😀 😀
    (ummm sorry i may have overreacted but.) those books are so amazing and definitely some of my favorites! 😉 i really cannot wait to see your thoughts on them! and oooh, i’ve been wanting to read With The Fire On High and The Poet X for a while so i hope you enjoy them!

    and that’s so scary about what happened with your dad… sending love ❤ ❤ xx

    (also, i bet you probably have 1823457 versions of this comment in your inbox… but my computer has been acting up and i don't know why, but i can't seem to post any comments?? fingers crossed that this works!)

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  8. OMG YES PLS PLS PLS READ THE RAVEN BOYS AND A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA!!!! 😀 asfhkeriur they’re both on my favorites list and i’d love to see your thoughts on them!! and that’s so cool about listening to the With The Fire On High audiobook, i’d love to see you do a post on your experiences with audiobooks! 😉

    that’s so scary about what’s going on with your dad, i’m so sorry… sending my love ❤ ❤ stay safe xx

    (ugh this is my 5th time trying to post this comment because my computer didn't feel like working yesterday when i tried four times!! 😦 but if you do end up receiving all the comments lol please feel free to delete the duplicates! don't you just lOvE technology *rolls eyes*)

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  9. aditi, i hope you’re staying healthy and safe! as it is common for the virus not to show any symptoms in young adults, i’d definitely say try to stay at home with as many books as you can, hahah.
    i really wish i was being more productive during the past week i had to stay at home, but my mind simply can not stop running and i haven’t been able to properly focus. ): but i’m pushing through and hopefully, i’ll be able to read everything i have planned for the next few weeks.
    it’s so cool you’ll be trying out audiobooks! i also listened to my first audiobook around this time last year, and it’s been life changing, lol. i love how it allows me to multitask and the narrators can really add to the feeling of a story. hopefully, you’ll enjoy them just as much!
    i really liked radio silence, but i read it in physical form, sadly. i’d love to re-read it in audio, though, because there’s a lot of praise for the audiobook!
    i pretty much adored all the other books you have on your list: love from A to Z was lovely, but also very important; the gentleman’s guide is hilarious and i really do think you’ll love it; a very large expanse of sea had a lot more focus on the romance than i anticipated, so maybe that’s something to be aware of, but i still enjoyed it a lot; opposite of always gave me very mixed feelings about the ending but i loved our main character; and i’m deeply attached to the raven boys, even if it’s not a masterpiece, hahah.
    can not wait to hear your thoughts on all these books! happy reading! and once again, stay healthy and safe💛

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    1. thank you!! yes, I’m glad that there aren’t very many cases/deaths in my age categories and my grandparents aren’t with us at this time (thank god) but it’s still vital to practice good hygiene! my mom makes us wipe down all the doorhandles every couple of days haha.
      I totally feel you- I haven’t been much productive either, though I did binge a couple of TV series :/ (I doubt that counts lol).
      yes I’m very hyped for them!! i just finished my first audiobook (With The Fire On High) and it was absolutely great! i really loved it ❤ and the multitasking definitely appeals to me.
      i'm glad you liked all of these! i'm thinking of reading radio silence first, then probably raven boys and the poet x since the first and last have great narrators and raven boys is widely acclaimed too (plus i'm reading it for a collab!).
      thank you for your wondeful comment, I really loved reading and replying to it! stay safe and healthy ❤

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  10. I’m buzzing to read Love from A to Z mainly because I’ve heard Zayneb is a lot like me – feisty and opinionated. Can’t wait. I’ve got a copy of Poet X lying around somewhere, but I’m fairly nervous to read it because, while I love poetry, it takes me a good while to understand what’s being said LOL. I finished A Very Large Expanse of Sea and was a bit disappointed, I just wanted MORE.

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    1. Ooh, that just makes me more eager to read it! I will totally keep that in mind. Yeah, I’m worried about reading Poet X on an audiobook because y’know it’s in verse?? (not poetry btw if that helps!) Aw I’m sorry, I really hope that I will like it though! Thank you so much for the comment!

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