What can be better than a good book when one is stuck at home, right? Wrong – it seems it’s not quite that simple. In our last book club Zoom meeting, many of my friends confessed that they’re struggling to read during lockdown, and I can tell you that’s coming from some pretty hard-core readers!
I had the same sense of lethargy and frustration early in lockdown. With my thoughts constantly circling around to the pressing issues of our day, I couldn’t concentrate on the words on a page. Nothing ‘grabbed’ me. I’d start a few pages of one book and then put it down to try another…and another, not able to figure out what I was in the mood to read.
Then I had an epiphany.
I decided to read some of my all-time favourite books. Since then I’ve had my nose in a book at every given opportunity. What surprised me is that the books are as gripping on the 2nd reading as they were on the 1st. Most of my choices were books I’d read well over ten years ago, so I’d forgotten many of the details and they felt as new and exciting as they did then.
Here’s what I’ve read from my ‘old favourites’…