I needed something lighthearted and fun this week for you all. I was going to play MASH again, which I haven’t done since 2015 and was thinking about again because I am again re-reading Harry Potter (my last round included seven very poorly named children whose names came from The Goblet of Fire).
Then I thought, “There must be some good new book tags about quarantine!” And there are, but the ones that I found are all the type where you answer more serious questions about your reading habits and make book recommendations.
I prefer the sillier book tags where you choose a number of books and the first word on a page becomes your answer to a question.
So I have written a quarantine book tag on my own! This will is the first book tag that I have ever originated. Please join in the fun. Please mention me as the originator. Use it on whatever platform you like.
All told to answer these you will need the last six books that you read, your current read, and (if not among those seven) the first book that you finished in April and the last book that you finished in March. Good luck!
Quarantine 2020 Book Tag
You are quarantined with the protagonists of the last three books that you finished. Who are you locked in a house with?
I most recently finished Diane Duane’s A Wizard Abroad, fourth in the Young Wizards series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, so I am in a house with Nita Callahan, Harry Potter, and Monty Montague.
Where are you in your current read? That’s where you are all holed up.
I’m reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban now, and we’re all quarantining together in the Shrieking Shack.
Did any of those protagonists bring pets to be locked in the house with you?
It looks like our only animal companion is Hedwig, who admittedly is a very useful companion during these odd times. She can get our mail out and back safely and take a bit of weight off the US Postal Service.
What are your house-mates all doing while locked inside? Open the last three books that you finished to a page at random. Each time find the first dynamic verb on the page. Use them to describe what each of them is up to. (I changed the tenses to make them fit in my new sentences.)
Nita is coexisting with everyone. Just coexisting. She can have a bit of temper, but on the whole she is fairly easy to get along with. Harry doesn’t know what to do. Monty doesn’t say how he feels or what he’s doing. That’s probably extremely accurate.
How are your house-mates all doing while locked inside? Grab the three books you finished most recently. Open each to its first page. Find the first emotive adjective or adverb (you probably don’t want to use words like “small” or “red” here or “swiftly”; continue further than page 1 if you need to do) and use those to describe how they are all feeling.
It’s not easy for Nita. Harry is bored. Monty finds this all disorienting.
Make a grocery list. What favorite foods are you bringing back for each of your protagonist house-mates?
I think I am bringing back a lot of drinks: pumpkin juice, Coke, and booze.
You boldly venture to the grocery store for essentials and see the protagonists of the three books that you finished before that. Those protagonists are wearing masks and keeping a safe six feet distant from you. Give them a socially distanced high five.
I am waving hello to Pig from The Dam Keeper series by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, Sage from Jennifer A. Nielsen’s The False Prince, and Jo March from Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo’s Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
The antagonist of the book you most recently finished reading is NOT adhering to the rules and is grabbing up all the toilet paper.
The most recent book that I finished was A Wizard Abroad, so the Lone One in the form of Balor is hoarding the toilet paper. Sowing chaos and destruction as usual. Greetings and defiance to you, Lone One. But you know what… I don’t know that I can stop him. It took all the wizards of Ireland and the Sidhe to do so in this book, working with three ancient treasures of Ireland. I am surprised to see Balor fit inside the grocery store at all.
What was the first book you finished in April? Open that book to a random page. The first name on the page is your cashier at the grocery store. Thank them for being there to help you.
The first book that I finished in April was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Lucius Malfoy surprises me by being my cashier, but he’s here, and he’s following the procedures put in place to keep everyone safe if only to keep his job at the store, so I’ll thank him.
Open it again. The first person on that next page is cleaning the carts for you. Thank them too.
Draco’s cleaning the carts. This is not the staff that I expected to find here.
Safely home (in the Shrieking Shack for me), you join a video chat with the sidekick of the book that finished last in March. What is she or he or they going to do to cheer you up?
That for me was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which means Percy Newton and Felicity Montague (they really take turns being helpful to Monty) are there to back me up by video chat. What are they doing to cheer me up? Felicity is distracting me with scholarly discussions, I think, and tells me all she has learned about the virus and immune systems in general. Percy is just being his sweet self.
I hope you are all doing as well as can do in your real-life quarantine situations. I hope you are healthy and sane. I hope you are keeping safe. And I hope you have toilet paper.