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The Stay At Home Book Tag

The Stay at Home Book Tag, originally by Princess of Paperback

First, a thank you to Delly for tagging me in the Stay At Home Book Tag, created by Princess of Paperback! It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog tag, so this is perfect! Let’s just ignore how long I’ve procrastinated on it, though. And since I only have a few more days until I’m called back to work, I figure I’d better post it now 😅 (Psst, check the comments for a list of prompts you can copy and paste!)

Laying in Bed

A book you could read or have read in a day

Cover of The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
I rarely ever finish a book in a day unless it’s an audiobook, even while I stay at home and have all the time in the world. So, as you can guess, I listened to The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. Based on how I have it marked on Goodreads, I didn’t finish it on the same calendar day, but I definitely finished it in one 24-hour period. Besides, time isn’t real in quarantine.


A guilty pleasure book

Cover of Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Red, White & Royal Blue is a guilty pleasure book purely because I’m a bit embarrassed how much I’m still obsessed with it and how much I still want to fill up half the prompts on any tag with it even more than a year after it was released. (And I read an ARC, too, so it’s been like a year and a half since I first read it.)


A series you want to start

Cover of Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
I don’t know how long of a series this is or if it’s just a duology, but every time I see something about Darius the Great Deserves Better, I feel a bit guiltier that I never read Darius the Great is Not Okay. Maybe this summer I’ll get to it…

Deep Clean

A book that’s been on your TBR for ages

Cover of Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

I went to my Goodreads TBR and ordered them by add date and it looks like Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey is the one that’s been on it the longest. I added it in December 2015 😬 I even have a physical copy of it on my shelves! Maybe I’ll get to it one of these days.

Animal Crossing

A book you recently bought because of hype

Cover of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
It wasn’t a recent purchase (try over a year ago), but most of the books I read are ARCs or library borrows, so it’s the most recent. Everyone and their mother talks about the Shadow and Bone series, and I think it was on sale at BAM so I bought it. Haven’t read it, still! But at least I own a copy.


A book you learned from or that had an impact on you

Cover of Where Nobody Knows Your Name by John Feinstein

I’ve read a fair amount of non-fiction this year and I hope to keep it going. Just last week I finished Where Nobody Knows Your Name by John Feinstein and learned a lot about life in Minor League Baseball. It was really interesting to read about the stark contrast between playing for MLB and MiLB. I especially liked that it follows not just players but also coaches and umpires and how their situations differ.


A book you were gifted

Cover of Neruda: Selected Poems

I’m gonna be real honest—I’m not sure if technically Melissa gifted this Pablo Neruda poetry collection to me or if I stole it. Nonetheless, she told me I could keep it. I mean, I guess I am the one studying Spanish literature.

Self Care

What is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

Photo of Ben smiling outside, hugging his long-haired Chihuahua Lilo on his lap

I’ve been spending more time outside on the days it doesn’t rain. Normally, I sit in my back yard and try to read while my dogs Lilo and Pudge cycle between whining to come on my lap and running to a random corner of the yard to bark at some noise they heard.


Name a book coming out soon

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan comes out this Tuesday, June 2nd!

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