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Top 5 Books to Read while Stuck Inside or Quarantined

The Top Five Series

This Top 5 series is a weekly meme created by Amanda @ Devouring Books.

Each week we’ll 5 book featuring the common theme provided. These can be books that we’ve read, or ones that are still on our TBRs. I’ll note beside each one if I’ve read the book yet or not, and provide a link to my review if I have one. 

Feel free to share your own favourites or give me more TBR suggestions in the comments. 

Everyone’s looking for something different when it comes to entertaining ourselves in these difficult days. I’ve got some friends watching plague-themed movies and others firmly sticking to feel-good kids films. Some people (like me) are sticking to light, short books as they struggle to focus, others are throwing themselves into all the huge tomes they’ve never had the time for.

Here’s five things you could read (and all of which are somewhere on my TBR for the next few months) depending on which sort of thing you’re leaning towards.


Top 5 Books to Read while Stuck Inside or Quarantined



If you want something short.

Cinnamon Blade Knife in Shining Armor

Cinnamon Blade: Knife in Shining Armor by Shira Glassman (TBR)

Every time Cinnamon Blade, crime fighter making up for a bad past, rescues the sweet and nerdy Soledad Castillo from bad guys, the two women’s chemistry grows stronger. Now that she’s finally asked Soledad out, sparks fly — but is a normal date even possible in a city threatened by aliens and vampires on a regular basis?

Also, check out my list of recommendations for short books ranging from 200 to just 20 pages here.



If you want something about viruses.


Contagion by Erin Bowman (TBR)

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken. 



If you want something in bite-size pieces.

Wayward Children Series by Seanan McGuire [starts with Every Heart a Doorway but can often be read independently.]

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.



If you want something light.

A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek, #1)

A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek #1) by Amanda Flower (TBR)

Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.

While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.

Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.



If you want something immersive.

Titus Groan

The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake (starts with Titus Groan). (TBR)

An undisputed classic of epic fantasy, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination, Titus Groan, the first book in this timeless series, is the start of an unforgettable journey.

As the novel opens, Titus has just been born. As heir to Lord Sepulchrave, he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Castle Gormenghast. Inside of Gormenghast, all events are predetermined by complex rituals, the origins of which are lost in time. Dreamlike and macabre, Titus Groan is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern fiction.


16 thoughts on “Top 5 Books to Read while Stuck Inside or Quarantined”

  1. Contagion has been on my TBR for such a long time, but I can’t decide if now is an appropriate or inappropriate time to read it 😳 Thanks for all of the recommendations, I’m definitely going to check these out! ❤😃

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