The Global Quarantine Diaries – Jess

1. Where in the world are you located? 

I live in Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. A nice northern town well known for our accents! Not the most exciting place to be for lockdown though. 

2. What is lockdown regulations like there? 

In England at the start of lockdown it was a strict ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ and don’t meet anyone outside your house which was hard but now it has been eased to stay alert, control the virus, save lives’. As you are probably reading this we have eased lockdown further with more shops reopening now such as Primark, Matalan and other non-essential shops. We are hopefully coming out of the worse of the virus but I am praying that there isn’t a second spike. 

3. How are you keeping busy? 

I have been baking like mad since been off work! Its relaxing and helps me also to pass the time as it feels like forever since we were allowed to leave the house! This is one of my best creations; 

I have also been going for lots of walks, I am very lucky to live near some woods and have been doing my daily exercise in there! It has been nice to have the chance to get out the house and see some beautiful scenery! I have also been looking after my sisters lovely German Shepard dog Arrow who is such a softie. We only started looking after him when the message changed, and we were allowed to do so but having a dog around definitely helped pass the time! 

I have also been playing a few games on my xbox and recently got the old classic game Spyro! Which is such a fab game. But really I have been doing anything to pass the time as boredom has hit me hard! 

4. What do you miss doing the most? 

I miss being freely able to see my friends at the pub or meeting up in a new city for a catch up. 2 of my best friends live down South and it’s a long drive so due to the restrictions I have being unable to meet them! We also had a catch up Pub Golf for one of my uni friends’ birthday where we were gonna meet up in Lincoln for a bev and chin wag but this got cancelled 

I also miss work sadly enough or just having the opportunity to leave the house and do something as I now realise, I need to keep occupied or I lose my mind! 

5. What is the first thing you are going to do once lockdown is over? 

Once lockdown is completely lifted, I am going to go to the pub! I did not miss the pub as much until we were not able to go but I need a nice cold pint in spoons! Hopefully, we will still get a good summer and be able to use beer gardens more! 

I also would love to drive down to see my 2 best friends down South but lockdown will have to be fully eased so I am able to stay over as it’s a long day to drive there and back! But definitely something I am looking forward to a lot!!

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April Reading Round Up!

I am SO HAPPY to be able to do this, I’ve never been able to do a reading round up but with Quarantine hounding us all I’ve been keeping myself sane by burying myself in so many wonderful books!

So I’ve managed to read 8 Books this month! Here is what I sunk my teeth into!

The Store / James Patterson

This book is phenomenal, based on what the world would be like if Amazon took over the world that we live in. Although, cleverly, not directly naming the company as Amazon but ‘The Store’. And it would be one terrifying world. I read this book in a day and it was worth every second spent knee deep in this! It was tense and I was hooked throughout. Well worth the read and incredibly well written. The twist at the end is worth the madness, and with that I’ll say no more!

Nought Forever / Malorie Blackman

This book was a short one, I believe less than 100 pages but still brilliant. Having read all of the Noughts and Crosses series twice over, knowing there was a spin off for the memorable character Dan, I just had to know. Especially as it gives you an insight into a specific character in the most recent book released by Malorie Blackman, Crossfire. This book is one to read after Double Cross Book #4 and before Crossfire Book #5

Callum / Malorie Blackman

Another spin off from the Malorie Blackman series Noughts and Crosses! This book is to be read after Book #1 Noughts & Crosses and before Book #2 Knife Edge as it gives an insight into what would have happened had Callum chosen to take a different path. It is another short story, less than 100 pages but really gives you some more insight into the different ways in which the story could have done. I can confirm I definitely prefer the way #1 ended because if it had ended like it did in this small #1.5 in-between book, there would be no book #2.

Fairest / Marissa Meyer

This was another spin off of the Lunar Chronicles series. Book #1 Cinder, Book #2 Scarlett, Book #3 Cress and Book #4 Winter. This story Fairest interjects between book #2 and #3. I actually read this after reading the entire series and I feel I enjoyed it a lot more this way. It was incredible to learn the real reason why Levana is as bitter and full of hate as she is. She’s twisted and this book highlights why, but I still didn’t sympathise for her in any way and I think this is because I read the whole series before I read this. I highly recommend this one after the series but of course definitely read it midway through if you prefer!

Library of Souls / Ransom Riggs

I had been meaning to pick this book up after at LEAST 2 years of starting the first 2 books from the Miss Peregrines School For Peculiar Children. It’s been on my kindle just festering away. I had to give myself a re-cap of book one and two before I could confidently go into book 3 with any idea of what is going on and I am SO glad I did. Another phenomenal book to add to the series. These books just make my imagination run away with itself. I love the idea of the peculiar children, what makes them peculiar, the details of all the loops, the action throughout is endless. At no moment was I bored, and you best believe I’ve bought book #4 and book #5 (I started book 4 recently).

This Is Going To Hurt / Adam Kay

All I have to say is god damn, read this book. Recommended by SO many people this comical and eye-opening look at a Junior Doctor working in the NHS shares his diary exerts from when he was training as a junior doctor. Honestly I have never laughed out loud at a book as much as I did this one. But it also really opens your eyes to what our doctors, nurses, midwifes etc go through on the ward on a daily and regular basis. The way Adam Kay writes makes this book so light hearted and a jolly read, minus the odd harrowing and heartbreaking story, but leaves you feeling a certain way once reading it. Its incredibly relevant, especially right now.

Twas the Night Shift Before Christmas / Adam Kay

Yet another book from Adam Kay much like This Is Going To Hurt except this book is based solely on what happens in the wards on Christmas. How he himself worked Christmas for 6 years straight and yet again the festive madness that unfolds through Christmas after Christmas with the NHS on the wards. Another comedic backlog of diary entries, most happy, some devastating. Another fantastic book.

Recursion / Blake Crouch

After reading Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter the month prior it would be silly not to read his other highly rated book, Recursion. Blake Crouch has a very scientific reading style. Quantum psychics, lots of scientific terms and processes I do no understand. LUCKILY explained in the plot of this book and from it unfolds the most haywire and incredibly tense storyline I have ever dived into. I was so apprehensive as it wasn’t a book I would usually read but man am I glad I did. Anyone into Sci-fi fantasy/fiction should absolutely give this and Dark Matter a go. I rated this book a solid-.

(Read the book, then you’ll understand that last sentence).