Books While In Quarantine: What We’re Reading

During the first week of quarantine, I scanned my book shelves and realized I didn’t have a lot left on my To Be Read list. I’d spent a year or so working my way through past purchases and gifts. The few books that remained unread didn’t really speak to me in this current climate, so I turned to Amazon.

I ordered the first book on this list the day before non-essential shipping delays started from Amazon. (Side Note: We received our pre-ordered copy of Animal Crossing on time but many did not. We sat at the window that day.) The rest of the books while in quarantine that I’ve ordered were all chosen because they were listed as able to be delivered in a normal fashion. (One book that I really wanted didn’t make the cut. It’s on a future list. One book I purchased is now delayed as well.)

One thing I don’t have to teach my kids while we crisis school is the joy of reading. I’ve been teaching that since day one. So, here’s the list of books we’ve ordered while quarantined… so far.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

books while in quarantine untamed

I haven’t finished it yet because I have to keep setting it down. As in, the book is so good that I close it, hug it close, and think about the words I’ve just consumed. It’s a slow savor type of book for me. Other friends of mine have read it in one sitting, but I want it to last forever. Or, at the very least, for all of quarantine.

All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols.

books while in quarantine all along

As it’s mostly poetry, this is also a book I haven’t finished yet. I adore Morgan and had been meaning to purchase it since the book was released. I read a poem or two at a time, placing it next to my computer. It sits there, waiting for me to need a little bit of her particular joy.


The next three books while in quarantine were all ordered this week and have not yet arrived, though three of them are set to show up on Friday.

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora.

books while in quarantine conjure womenI was wanting something fictional as I have too much non-fiction going on right now. It’s a new release that piqued my interest. This book is listed among the best new books of April 2020. I’m really excited to delve into the world(s) of these three women. I am not normally into period pieces (this one apparently starts in pre-Civil War America), but it “spans eras and generations,” which I do normally like. If we’re going to judge books by their covers, this one is stunning.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

books while in quarantine the night diaryI found this book (and the next one) on an Edutopia list of 22 YA books to read during the pandemic. I specifically ordered this book for our older son as historical fiction is his jam. This is a little different from his normal picks (which are usually more of a war bent), but I really feel like he’ll enjoy this book. It really sounds like a page turner that he won’t want to put down. I look forward to reading it when he’s done.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart.

books while in quarantine coyote sunriseI purchased this one for our younger son, feeling that the story line of traveling the country in a bus and picking up strangers would be something he found incredibly interesting. However, when I told him about that part of the plot, he said, “Well, that doesn’t sound very safe.” That’s why I think he’ll really enjoy this particular story. It will take him a bit out of his comfort zone.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott.

books while in quarantine five feet apartThis book is back atop best-seller and recommendation lists as we make our way through the six-feet social distancing recommendation of this pandemic. I chuckled and then tossed it in the cart for good measure. I plan on watching the movie with some ice cream and a box of tissues. What? Like that’s surprising coming from me? (Note: This one had 16 hardcover copies remaining when I ordered it, but I now have no estimated delivery date. That’s disappointing, but totally not surprising. I’m sure it will arrive eventually.)


We have some other books while in quarantine on our short list for a couple of weeks from now, probably when May rolls around. Our younger son is also reading his way through A Wrinkle In Time quintet (books 1-5) by Madeline L’Engle, a box set gift he got for Christmas. Nick is finishing up Turtles All the Way Down by John Greene. This was his first experience with John Greene’s writing and he wants to read more. Good news: I already have four of his other books on my shelf. Winning!

Quick Note: While I was an early adopter of the Kindle, I no longer use it to read as it does not work well with my learning and comprehension. If the boys want to try it again in the future, I’d be willing to purchase one.

I am trying to make time each day to read as the boys also have scheduled time to read every day. It may be a little easier for me to find that time now. If only the weather would improve slightly so I could read comfortably on our deck!

What are you reading while quarantined? (Or, what books have you ordered in hopes of reading?)

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