What weird, scary times we’re living in right now. I’m currently social-distancing with my family, so you would assume that a bookworm being at home all the time would equal lots more reading time. But, I’ve only just managed to finish my first book in weeks, and that was due to making a conscious effort.
Whenever I feel stressed or anxious, I find it hard to concentrate enough to get sucked into the world of a book. With current pandemic events, it’s fair to say my mind has been more than a bit preoccupied. I also can’t stop thinking about how a virus that overruns the world is the start of so many dystopian novels; Station Eleven was one of my favourite reads of last year – where the Georgia Flu wipes out a majority of the population – so that’s all a bit disconcerting…
Reading to Escape Reality
I think my choice of book helped too; I wanted something light, that I knew would be easy to read and not put me through an emotional wringer. So I had a little look on my neglected Kindle shelf and found Us Three, the new novel from actress, writer and star of Gavin & Stacey, Ruth Jones. I’m not going to say it’s the best book I’ve ever read, but it was an engaging, often funny story that does now hold a special place in my reading list for giving me mental respite when I really needed it.
I hope you’re all safe and getting through this as best as you can. We’re all in this together and – as I keep reminding myself – it’s not forever. One day we will be able to look back on this as a slice of history and, inevitably, read about it as the backdrop to events in 1,000 novels over the coming years!
I’d love to know if you’re using reading as a coping mechanism during this pandemic? Also, please give me all the feel-good book recommendations!