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If I Could Only Have 5 Books in Quarantine/Lock-down

Since we're all stuck in quarantine, I thought it might be fun to do a blog on what five books I would keep with me if I could only have five for an extended period of time. Books have been helping to keep me sane while I'm stuck at home, unable to work or see my friends, and flooded with sad, frightening news every day. Thankfully I own more than five books and was able to go to the library before it closed. However, for the purposes of this blog we'll assume I can only have five books for an unknown but extended period of time. I cannot purchase any new books and have no access to the library or audiobooks. Therefore, I will have to read and reread these books. What books would you choose?

1. Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe

What It's About: This children's novel is told from the perspective of the family dog Harold after his family acquires a pet bunny who may or may not be a vampire.

Why I Chose It: I love this novel for sweet Harold and the paranoid cat Chester and their friendship. This is a surprisingly fun read and it always makes me happy.

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

What It's About: Jonas lives in a seemingly perfect community, but when he's chosen for his future career he slowly discovers the dark secrets of his world.

Why I Chose It: This is pretty much my all time favorite novel. I find myself captivated by the story every time I read it. The story grapples with the topics of the importance and dangers of choice and emotions. It's a really thought provoking read. I've been reading and rereading this book since I was 12, so it feels like coming home again every time I pick it up.

*P.S. I am aware of how...well loved my copy of this book is. It's the first copy of this book I ever owned and is my most reread book. I will always treasure it no matter how tattered it looks.

3. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

What It's About: A trio of characters including siblings Monty and Felicity and Monty's friend (and crush) Percy travel across Europe.

Why I Chose It: The main trio had incredible chemistry, and the novel is stuffed full of adventure and romance and gives you the feeling of traveling without leaving your house.

4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

What It Is: A murder mystery taking place at an elite, remote boarding school. Student Stevie is determined to solve a murder that took place there decades ago.

Why I Chose It: I loved how atmospheric this murder mystery was. More than that, though, Stevie's character is what made me fall in love with this book. Like me, Stevie suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. Yet despite this, she is clever, intelligent, brave and ambitious. I just read this book a couple of months ago and already I long to read it again.

5. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

What It's About: After being exiled from her village, Rasmira must complete the impossible task of killing a god in order for her place to be restored.

Why I Chose It: I had to choose at least one fantasy (since it's my favorite genre - I'd argue Bunnicula is more paranormal/horror), and it made sense to choose a standalone. Levenseller is an author I very much enjoy and I chose this specific book because it has adventure and great world building. I love the main protagonist Rasmira as she is courageous, determined, feminine and fierce.

Guide to Levenseller's Books (excluding The Shadows Between Us):

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