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Quarantined? 5 Books Recommended by Ms. Magnolia Bookworm

Hi all, this is Ms. Magnolia Bookworm! I am so excited to write an article for ourMShome and I have some great books to share!

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Since the virus outbreak, I’ve had to stay home from work, which has given me ample amounts of time to read the books I have laying around all over my room… so here are the top 5 books out of the 10 I’ve read so far:

1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I cannot stress enough how AMAZING this book is! I read it in one night because I was so invested in the story. I liked it a lot because it reminded me of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley! The main characters end up dabbling in the forbidden art of playing God. Schwab does a great job in making the book feel the part: the strange yet intriguing feeling from the words she uses and the story she is telling!

2. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

This is a book that I will have to read again in order to truly see the messages that Ogawa is writing within the story. The characters live in a place where things “are disappeared.” Yes, ARE disappeared, meaning someone or something is purposely removing things from existence. This is truly an interesting read!

3. My Sunshine by Catherine Anderson

It’s unusual that I find a romance novel as touching as this one. The main character is a girl who experienced brain trauma and was hired at a veterinary clinic. The last thing she expected was for the owner to fall in love with her!

4. The Walking Dead (Compendium One) by Robert Kirkman 

This is a giant graphic novel and it took me some time to read it, and I’m not even anywhere close to finished with the series! However, I much enjoyed this first “compendium,” or collection. I liked watching the show for a while, but the zombies ended up grossing me out too much, and with the graphic version I can simply gloss over the nasty zombies more easily! 

5. An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

Poetry is always a great refresher, especially in a time of uncertainty such as this virus outbreak. It helps you slow down and put things into perspective while getting a boost in creative thinking. This book is a collection of poems about the struggles that Native Americans have faced, which really helps one understand that our struggles now aren’t anything compared to what others have gone through on this very land. 

The other books:

  1. Watching You by Lisa Jewell ★★★★☆
  2. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds ★★★★★
  3. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore ★★☆☆☆ (the movie was better)
  4. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin ★☆☆☆☆
  5. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia (DNF, Did Not Finish)

Stay safe out there… and don’t forget to buy some toilet paper XD!

-Ms. Magnolia Bookworm

www.magnoliabookworm.me

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