It is a truth universally acknowledged that we are living in strange and uncertain times. It is also true that, with lockdowns and confinement rules all over the world, we had more free time to do things that we enjoy, like reading.
However, and I don’t know if it was also your case, I found difficult to be able to focus on reading. My attention span could only allow me to watch short episodes of shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime. My mind was really scattered and I spent the first two months of this pandemia feeling frustrated because I couldn’t manage to read more than a couple of chapters every day.
But we humans have an extraordinary capacity to adapt to new circumstances and new challenges. So once my mind got used to this new world we are living in, I have gone back to my normal reading routines and I feel quite happy about that. According to Goodreads, I’m still five books behind to complete my reading challenge, but that’s okay. I don’t really do the challenge with completion in mind, but as a way to keep track of the many books I read every year. If I complete it, fine; if I don’t, that’s also fine.
The other thing I have noticed is that I am reading more thrillers than normal, but I don’t know whether it is pandemia related or not. Thrillers are my favorite books anyways 🙂
So tell me about you. Has this pandemia affected your reading habits? In which ways? Do you read more or less? Have you discovered yourself feeling inclined towards one genre versus the rest? Let’s hear it in the comments!
2 thoughts on “Reading in the Time of Covid-19”
I have found it difficult to sit and read for long periods too. I tend to read a couple pages maybe a chapter of several books that I’m reading but there is little enjoyment there. It’s more a task to complete so that I can write about them on my blog.
It’s a terrible feeling, isn’t it? I don’t like it when reading becomes a chore, and I have also felt like that lately. Thanks for your comment!