Like (most of) the rest of the World, I’ve been staying at home and obsessively watching the news about COVID-19 (CNN and BBC) coverage. I legit couldn’t crack open a book for the past 2 weeks, but this week, I made a concerted effort to dial back the obsession because it was making me way too anxious. My company has partnered with Feeding America and I’m doing my small bit by donating from every paycheck until this crisis is over or I can no longer afford it. Then I took the advice in 5 Ways to Figure Out What to Read Next When You’re Practicing Social Distancing and have been much more balanced ever since.
So, let’s talk about something other than Coronavirus shall we ….
ONE+ It’s officially Spring here in the US, and we’ve put together our Must-Reads on Our 2020 Spring Reading List. And if you’re looking at new releases, check out Spring 2020 New Book Releases @ Never Enough Novels and The Most Anticipated Sequels of Spring @ Goodreads.
TWO+ Audible is offering streaming of some AUDIOBOOKS for free. You can instantly stream titles for little listeners, elementary, tweens, teens and literary classics – no sign-up or login required. Just click a title and start listening.
THREE+ Scrib’d is offering a 30 day free trial. $8.99/month after the trial period is up. You get to borrow audiobooks, eBooks and magazines (digital).
FOUR+ Library uses who use Overdrive, listen up – Overdrive drops automatic hold checkout, offers “hold redelivery”. When a hold becomes available, a user will receive a notification and have 3 days to pick up the hold. The user can then borrow the hold, have it delivered later, or cancel it. Read more about it here.
FIVE+ There have been several readathons happening recently including the upcoming 3rd annual OWLS Readthon (Youtube).
SIX+ We recently updated the 2020 Major Book Awards Calendar with links to winners for 2020 PEN America Winners – Audie Awards – National Book Critics Circle Awards. And the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced
SEVEN+ Netflix released Netflix Party which allows you to watch simultaneously with friends and group chat at the same time?!
EIGHT+ Have you seen any of these Best Book Adaptations on Netflix for 2020? What did you think? I’ve watched the 2 seasons of You, and loved it (haven’t read the books).
NINE+Here’s 40 Shows to Binge While You’re Social Distancing
ELEVEN+ Goodbye Boring Salads gave me so many ideas to try for next month’s meals
TWELVE+ Healthy Pantry and Freezer-Friendly Recipes has a roundup of recipes for pasta, rice, lentils, beans and frozen vegetables.
THIRTEEN+23 Pantry Recipes for when you don’t want to (or can’t) Leave your House also has some drool worthy recipes.
FIFTEEN+ The Best Workouts to Stream at Home has you covered with home workouts
SIXTEEN+ I just downloaded the Peloton App FREE 90-day subscription trial. There’s running, strength, toning, cycling, yoga, meditation and outdoor workouts.
What are some activities you like to do at home – reading, gardening, playing board games?