Top 5 Saturday: Books to Read while Stuck Inside/Quarantined

‘Top 5 Saturday’ is a meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books, where you list your top 5 books of the current topic – these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, etc. etc.!

Upcoming Topics

4/11/20 — Books with a Color in the Title

4/18/20 — Sibling Relationships

4/25/20 — Books Under 300 Pages

Without further ado…

1. The ‘Heartstopper’ graphic novels by Alice Oseman

Charlie, a highly-strung over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Nick’s heard about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until January, when Nick and Charlie are sat together in the same form group.

Charlie is falling hard, though he doesn’t think he’s got a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are just around the corner…

‘Heartstopper’ is one of my all-time favourites. I could read and re-read it over and over, and each time still be filled with such wonderful warmth. Perfect for cheering up!

2. ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K. Rowling

When a letter arrives for the unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is finally revealed to him. Harry’s parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he mysteriously survived.

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous…or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

They’re cosy, they’re comforting, there’s seven to read and I’m pretty sure they’re one of the most widely available books out there! (I know that my own local library currently have unlimited ebook/audiobook editions of HP – they’d probably agree with this pick here!)

3. ‘Percy Jackson’ by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus or control his temper. School is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time for the truth. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends – a satyr and a demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

This is one of my favourite books and kicks off a whole STREAM of hilarious, mythology-drenched and action-packed books! There’ll certainly be no running out of reading material.

4. ‘Strange the Dreamer’ by Laini Taylor

Photograph of my copy of Strange The Dreamer

Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep since he was five years old, but it would take someone bolder than he to traverse half the world to seek it.

Then a stunning opportunity presents itself – in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors – and he must seize his chance or lose his dream forever. In the land of the Unseen City awaits the answer to Lazlo’s lifelong quest, and mysteries beyond his imagining – one of them, a dream-stalking, blue-skinned goddess.

Immerse yourself in Taylor’s glorious prose and intricate world-building – there are plenty of laughs, swoons, gasps and tears to be had in this all-in-one wonder of a book.

5. ‘Railhead’ by Philip Reeve

The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, of a thousand gates where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy, ruled by the Network Empire. 

Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City. When the mysterious Raven sends Zen and his friend Nova to infiltrate the Emperor’s train, Zen jumps at the chance to ride the Network, cross the galaxy, to meet interesting people – and to steal their stuff. 

But the Great Network is a dangerous place, and Zen has no idea where his journey will take him…

If you can’t go outside into the real world, let Reeve take you up to space instead! One of my all-time favourites and a perfect introduction if you’re looking to try some sci-fi.

Thanks for reading! What books would you recommend for a quarantined reader? Let me know below!

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Saturday: Books to Read while Stuck Inside/Quarantined

    1. Hm…interestingly I’ve just looked back at the last couple of books I’ve read, and they’ve been contemporary too. Well, what works, works I guess! Even though most of the ones I suggested weren’t contemporary 😂

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