Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Kept me Sane During Self-Isolation

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. If you are interested how it works, please check the original post.

Happy (early) Thanksgiving my friends. I have been planning to join Top Ten Tuesday for quite some time, but never actually did it. I believe this topic is just a perfect one to start with. This weeks topis is Thanksgiving/I’m Thankful for…

Last month my family, including me got positive results for Covid-19, which in itself means that we had to be self-isolated and stay at home for a period of 3 weeks. I am really thankful and happy that we did not have any serious symptoms and difficulties, and I hope that all of you there who are facing this terrible virus, will get well soon and be able to fight it in the easiest way possible.

Still, isolation is not something that was easy for me, especially being locked down with one toddler and one 6 year old. It was unbearable at moments. But every time I put my kids to bed, I found solace in reading. And I am really grateful to have read these books that have helped me so much in coping with this difficult period. They might not be my favorite books for this year, but still they were immensely important during this period.

10 Books that kept me sane during the self-isolation period:

  1. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener 

Interesting insight into the gold rush years of Silicon Valley and the generation that witnessed it. The world changed on their watch.

2. The Bargain by R.J Angel

A perfect choice for anyone who love a great story that is filled with raw emotions, a dash of humor and sizzling chemistry. Read it! You won’t regret it!

3. You Know I Love You by Willow Winters

If you would like a truly emotional and heartbreaking novel, which is filled with love, pain and mystery and will dig its claws into you and will not let go until the very last words…then you definitely need to read this one.

4. The Vanishing Half by  Brit Bennett

I’ve been wanting to read the vanishing half for awhile now (I’d read so many great things about it), and I’m so glad I did. This book is amazing from start to finish and it’s so nicely written.

5. Hard Love by Sara Ney

Brilliantly written that will make you laugh and want to dwell longer into their world, savoring every little detail that makes it absolutely perfect for an amazing afternoon read.

6. Mafia Casanova by M.Robinson & Rachel Van Dyken

This story was a real page-turner, because there was so much more going on than I had originally anticipated. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was emotional, twisted, steamy, suspenseful, with loads of twists.

7. The Pawn by Skye Warren

A fascinating and intriguing story that will draw you into its world. A desperate, brave heroine, a dark, anti-hero and a sizzling chemistry  A perfectly twisted read that will leave you panting for more!

8. The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal by Heather McCollum

Definitely, the stories of the powerful chiefs of the Scottish Highlands are my weakness. And no matter how much time passes, no matter how long and overloaded my TBR list is, I always find time for a story that brings the romance of the Highlands. If you are also interested in spending some time, reading about a sexy Highlanders, pirates, brave heroines, curses, betrayals….then you should definitely read this one.

9. Such a Fun Age by  Kiley Reid

I’ve wanted to read this for months and I’m so glad I finally did it. Although parts of it were predictable, it was relatively enjoyable read.

10. Love Among the Recipes by Carol M. Cram

A cute story that cannot be simply labeled as a romance, but contains many other elements, combines food and art into one great trip to Paris and in the life of our heroine Genna. If you choose to read it, please do not do it on empty stomach, or at least make sure you have got a nice French restaurant nearby.

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