5 Bookish Things to Do During Quarantine

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing well during these stressful times. I know for many, if not all of us, strict rules have been applied to our current states of living, and so many of us are turning to books to be able to find some solace among the chaos. So, to bring about some cheerfulness, I thought I’d share five fun and/or practical things us bookworms can do to keep at least somewhat sane during these times.

5. Organize your shelves, bookmark collection, candles, etc.

I, for one, know my shelves are a mess. Like I don’t have enough space for all of my books to fit nicely, so some are just stacked in front and it’s not all that pretty, but it’s functional. If you’re like me, now is a good time to set to organizing your shelves the way you want to!

Want to organize them by color? DO IT!

Want to organize them alphabetically by author? DO IT!

Want to organize them by large vs small, genre, hardcover vs paperback, etc. DO IT!

There’s seriously so many endless ways you can organize your shelves. I love seeing people be super creative in their organizational skills. It inspires (and also intimidates) me, and I really want to try to rearrange my shelves with the limited space I got so everything fits. Even if it means double stacking/shelving.

Don’t let this deceive you; there’s a lot in here.

Another thing you can organize is your bookmark collection. If you’re like me, you probably have a fairly sizable collection of bookmarks. Maybe take this time to organize them and really look at the ones you want to keep, give away, or throw away. Do a little KonMari while you’re in quarantine; you might feel better!

4. Support your local bookstores by buying online!

Because this fun time is really hitting everyone, especially small businesses, look into your local independent bookstores and see who is selling online. Many stores are doing free shipping along with ordering, so really it’s a win-win situation.

If you want a list of independent bookstores, check out IndieBound! Not only will you be able to find a local bookstore in your area or state, but you might also be able to visit those places once quarantine is over!

3. Participate in online read-a-thons or book clubs.

There’s never a dull moment in the book community, let me tell you. Not only are there local book clubs that you can visit in person (once this is over), but there are TONS of read-a-thons happening online all the time!

As you already know, this month of April is the O.W.L.s read-a-thon, which I’m participating in, and takes place every April. Not only that, but the subsequent N.E.W.T.s takes place every August, so there’s even more to look forward to as the year progresses with this Harry Potter themed read-a-thon.

Not only that, but there’s read-a-longs going on, as well, such as Cosmerealong, where people are reading some of Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy books. Really, just do a quick search online and you’ll find plenty. Plus, a lot of independent bookstores have their own book clubs or books that they highlight, so I suggest you check those out.

2. Blog, Booktube, Instagram, etc. ALL THE BOOKISH THINGS!

From my Instagram: missrayna_

What you’re doing right now? BOOKISH! But really, go blog! Do the Instagram thing, make your photos aesthetic af, go watch or make some YouTube videos, etc. Stay in touch with other readers and try to keep the mood light during these tough times. It’ll seriously be super rewarding for you, I’m sure.

1 . When in doubt, read.

Obviously, as readers, we read. It’s just the thing we do. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the other things, pick up a favorite book and reread it, allowing yourself to escape into that world you love so much. Or pick up one of your books for one of the read-a-thons you’re in, or a new book, or even read some webcomics! It doesn’t matter what form the book takes, but just take the time to actually read and unwind throughout the day.

I hope you all found this little list helpful. I just wanted to do a light-hearted post about things to do during quarantine, so I hope this gave you a few ideas. Keep up the great work you’re doing, and have fun!

What are you reading right now? Have your organized (or dusted off) your shelves lately? Let me know!

May Uppercase Box Unboxing

Hey peeps, I’m here with another Uppercase Box unboxing for you! If you don’t know what Uppercase is, as it says on the website, it’s “a young adult book-of-the-month subscription box. Simply put: You sign up and receive a recently published YA book and awesome book-related items every month! Plus you’ll access exclusive book content and a one-of-a-kind reading experience to dive deeper into each story.”

This month’s box included some cute things that I’m excited to use, so here is what was in it:


Lots of nifty things this month:

I’m really excited to use the postcards and the drink the tea. Oh man, so exciting!

The book also sounds interesting because it’s about a girl who has the worst luck ever, but she meets this guy who plays tennis who says he can break her unlucky streak. Of course, things are much more complicated than that, but it sounds interesting!

I can’t wait to see what next month’s box will bring!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Have you read the book yet? What were your thoughts? Do you like to drink tea? What about writing postcards – have you ever done it?

February Uppercase Box Unboxing

Hey peeps! So I just got my first book box subscription in the mail and I was too excited to make a video, but I figured I’d at least make a blog post about it! I’m expecting another subscription box next week, I believe, or the week after, so look forward to that!

This box is the February Uppercase Box subscription! If you don’t know what Uppercase is, as it says on the website, it’s “a young adult book-of-the-month subscription box. Simply put: You sign up and receive a recently published YA book and awesome book-related items every month! Plus you’ll access exclusive book content and a one-of-a-kind reading experience to dive deeper into each story.”

As this was my first box, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve watched various unboxing videos before [here, here, here], but I’ve never really done one myself except for when I received the Mistborn trilogy.

But this was such a cool box! Here’s a fun little photo recap of what I got in the box:

IMG_2592 (1) The box itself was actually a bag! But it’s a cute bag!

Here’s an overview of what I got in the box:


So here’s what was in the box:

  • A personalized note to me.
  • Two bookmarks, one having to do with the book, the other with codes relating to the book, too.
  • Nail wraps that represent the book.
  • A poster with a quote from the book.
  • An Anne of Green Gables infinity scarf (so cool!).
  • A signed edition of Starflight by Melissa Landers.

Each is really cool and in good condition. I’ve heard of the book and I’m interested in reading it, but I don’t think I would’ve picked it up on my own, so yay for that! Also, I got wicked into scarves recently, so the scarf is right up my alley.

So yeah, that’s the February box for Uppercase Box!

Have you ever gotten a book subscription box? What was your favorite book you’ve received from one? Do you get Uppercase? Let me know!