When times get rough, I grab a book.
I either read a romance, fantasy or sci-fi book to distract myself and relax. Or I grab a non-fiction book to learn more about the problem that bothers me or help with my mental health. However, over the past year, I read several bloggers who said they couldn’t read because of the stress the pandemic caused them. Their plight reminded me that I had several times in my life where I could not find a book to read.
I ignored the pandemic a little because of a health condition.
However, I currently do not read a lot as such. I do listen to audiobooks which for me counts as reading. I did ponder why I read certain books, though. But I didn’t question if it was the pandemic that made me read more. The reason is that I had to deal with a health problem last year that distracted me from the pandemic. My immune system was affected, so I had to shield for almost all of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. I concentrated mainly on getting better. We did our shopping online and otherwise shut ourselves into our home, not meeting anyone. We made these changes because of Covid-19. But it made us feel safe, and so I didn’t worry much about the pandemic.
Even if I wanted to know more about Covid, I couldn’t read any book because the virus was so new. Yes, I read what was available from the WHO and some newspapers but no books. There were also other topics that seemed very acute in 2020. One of them was the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The protests, both in the United States and here in the UK, made me realise that I knew nothing about how black people experience life and our societies. I also realised that I only knew the basic facts about slavery. But not how exactly slavers transported their victims, for example. Or which powers in Africa were involved. So I decided to add some black authors to my reading list.
The pandemic made me discover Libby and audiobooks.
I could not read many “proper” books because I could not hold them, so I was happy when our local library teamed up with the Libby app. It allowed the library users to read e-books and listen to audiobooks while the library was closed. What a discovery that was. I love their offer of audiobooks even though you can only have them for two weeks. Unless someone is waiting for the book, you can easily renew it. And even if someone expects your book, you can get some extra time.
Libby is currently my favourite app to listen to audiobooks, and I use it relentlessly. In a way, it got me back into “reading”. So, I would say the pandemic didn’t have that much of an impact on my reading. My health condition did. However, the discovery of audiobooks gives me the joy of books despite not reading much as such.
What about you? Did the pandemic make you read more or less?
We all react to challenges in different ways. And our experiences of the pandemic is also very unique. While many read more, many others read less. How was it for you? Did you read more or less? And did you discover something? A new genre, a new app or new authors? Let’s share 🙂
Joni over at “TheHomePlaceWeb” shared her experiences with reading and a couple of short book reviews at “A Reading Sabbatical“. Feel free to head over if you do not like to share your reading experience in the comments. Or better: Do both 😉
Good vibes your way
You can do it!