Quarantine Reading, or Lack Thereof

Here we are in Quarantine Week 7. How are you holding up? I’m hanging in there, but am definitely looking forward to post-corona. (Whenever that is.) In the meantime, I’m happy to hang out at home. I’ve been baking every weekend – trying new recipes and experimenting with my sourdough starter. I’ve cleaned the bathrooms, kept up on the laundry, and re-organized the kitchen cabinets. I started Zoom yoga, attended a Zoom happy hour, and even had Zoom book club. I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out with Scott. I’ve also been surprisingly busy and pretty productive working from home, which is not my preferred workspace. But one thing I haven’t quite managed to accomplish is tackling my To-Read List.

I guess my reaction to pandemic is inability to focus. That’s how I feel at least. Sitting quietly with a book is the last thing I want to be doing. I’d rather be working with my hands, which is why I’ve been baking up a storm. Nonetheless, I am trying forcing myself to get back in the reading state of mind. This past weekend I managed to get several chapters along in The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. (I started it over a month ago.) Thinking a little nonfiction would also help get me out of my reading rut I downloaded The Likability Trap by Alicia Menendez from Chester County Library’s Libby app. My goal this week was to finish reading those, but I haven’t read the past two nights…so fingers crossed.

How’s your reading in quarantine going? Are you conquering your To-Read List with all this free time, or binging shows instead?How have you been getting your books – Libby? Hoopla? Kindle? Audiobooks? A friend? Your bookshelf? Any good book recommendations? Tell me in the comments!

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek was a slow read for me, but I am really glad I stuck with it! My book club chose it for our November read, as our theme was Historical Fiction. I had trouble getting into it at first, but once I crossed the halfway mark I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s a book you’ll feel satisfied with reading, and it’ll definitely give you a history lesson on Appalachia rural realities. Highly recommend giving it a read, and preferably before you read Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars.

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