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!

How I Organize My Bookshelves

There’s a bunch of ways people organize their bookshelves. Some do it by color, some by author, some by series or genre. I find that it can be relaxing and kind of fun to organize your shelves.

The way I organize them changed recently, but I did keep some of it the same way as before, just in a new location.

So, here are my shelves for reference!

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Okay, these first three pictures are all of just one bookcase.

First shelf (top left): It consists of tall story books and fantasy books (a few dystopian, too).

Second shelf: It consists of some of my favorite series/authors: The Mortal Instruments/Cassandra Clare, Throne of Glass/Sarah J Maas, and The Remnant Chronicles.

Third shelf (top right): It’s adult fantasy with some horror-esque/spooky novels and a few YA fantasy.

Fourth shelf: Science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, and some of the books I won from giveaways! (Because I had no where else to put them.)

Fifth (bottom) shelf: Some of my religious books, including my gigantic study bible, and the Harry Potter series trunk.

This large bookcase is one in which I put my primary books, aka the ones I want to get to ASAP. Mostly.

Next, I have two smaller bookcases with three shelves each and I arranged them a little differently.

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Shelf one (top left): Hardcover contemporary and non-fiction, including some favorites.

Shelf two: Adult fiction, YA dystopian, and YA contemporary.

Shelf three (top right): Classics, classics, and more classics. And some DVDs we borrowed from a friend.

Shelf four (bottom left): Vampires, Narnia, unicorns. You know, because those go together.

Shelf five: Manga! And the Divergent series.

The shelf below that one is books I still have to donate, I just haven’t done it yet. (Attachments, man. I can’t help it.)

So really it’s up to you on how you want to organize your bookshelf. Maybe I’ll do a tutorial type of post soon about how to organize it in different styles, but I just wanted to show you the way I do them.