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5 Books I Panic-Bought during the Pandemic

This is your daily reminder to stay home, wash your hands, and don’t vote Conservative. Oh, and if you’re going to panic-buy, don’t hoard the loo roll – there are far superior tree-based products up for grabs. If there was ever a Perfect Time™ to support authors, it’s during a pandemic, a time when their primary income may have dried up. Oh, and bonus – books can be enjoyed for hours upon hour in an indoor setting! So, if you can afford it, treat yourself to a book or two you’ve been meaning to read. You’ve been so brave. You deserve this. Buy the books.

So, what did I buy?

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

Was it, in hindsight, a great idea in the current climate to purchase a post-apocalyptic novel where humans are extinct and the robot race who destroyed them are following in the footsteps?

Yes. Yes, it was.

Sea of Rust packed a punch – with a likeable, ballsy robot protag and a very unique setting. I was drawn in by the world and the social commentary. I stayed for the bants. More lighthearted than anticipated. Recommend!


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The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho

I have not read Zen Cho before, but her upcoming release is my most highly anticipated books of 2020. What better to wet my whistle than delving into an earlier work by Cho? Especially *cough* since it was on Kindle sale. And with it being the season of impulse-buys, well, it would have been rude not to.

This novella was a lovely, lighthearted rom-com romp – bringing a witty heroine and Bridget Jones vibes. Stellar afternoon read, one of those ‘good for taking your mind off the state of the world’ reads. Recommend!


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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Oldie but goldie, Alice is a strong favourite of mine. What can I say? I vibe with surrealism.
I’m not planning a re-read during this pandemic (though a pandemic would be a great time to crack open some surrealist lit); this was purely a ‘treat yoself’ purchase because I love this collection. It is part of the MinaLima collector’s editions of beloved classics and they are so beautiful. I plan to own them all. They are on the pricer end of things, but well worth it for collectors. Welcome to the family, Alice!


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Among Others by Jo Walton

Jo Walton is a household name (ish). For my first Jo Walton I was drawn to Among Others as it sounded whimsical and more plot-oriented than other books of hers I’d read up on. Boarding school-based fantasy about a girl who talks to fairies and her mother is trying to kill her? Uh, yes please, colour me interested. In the end though, I found it a bit lukewarm. Nothing wrong with the book at all, it just didn’t end up being my cup of tea. After a good 100 pages I still wasn’t feeling that same interest I had felt from the premise, so I had to move on. One for the charity shop pile, I think. If I ever get out of lockdown!


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The Mindfulness Puzzle Book by Dr Gareth Moore

I have missed my puzzles! I used to be the puzzle queen – what happened?! I’m so happy I picked up a new puzzle book – what a time to do so! This puzzle book has an excellent variety of puzzles, some easy and some hard but all designed to not take too long to solve. I like doing a puzzle or two during work hours, like when I’m waiting for a particularly large file to transfer or if I’m sitting quietly in yet another 45 minute Teams conference call that I do not need to be in.
Highly recommend. Great little puzzles. Great for focusing the mind on something else for a short period, helping to refresh!

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1 Comment

  1. Debbie Kingfisher says

    Great post, as pleasant to read as ever. Just like having a chat with you over a coffee!

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