What are you reading? Are you reading? I admit, I’m usually a slow reader. I tend to get distracted, rereading the same sentence 4 times or coming to the turn of a page realizing I have no idea what I’ve read. BUT! Quarantine has been different.
Lately, I have found it helpful to escape into other worlds, living vicariously through characters and studying the minds of authors, considering why they carefully chose one word over another to craft beautiful prose as with Anthony Dorr or Annie Dillard. It’s been nice to dance around a new place in my mind while my body is trapped between walls.
I have given myself a (loose) goal of finishing one book a week, to keep the momentum going. I’ve also been accidentally matching my dress to book covers, which is a fun little mood-boosting bonus :)
Currently, I’m enjoying Lily King’s Lovers & Writers. The familiar setting (it takes place in Boston in 1997) and characters (it follows a young writer as she navigates love and finishing her first novel) place me so comfortably into a group I have always wanted to mingle my way into. The main character also works as a waitress at a busy restaurant, another lovely reminder of how sweet the bustling of civilization can be. Weaving through King’s relatable pages has provided some semblance of balance these past few days.
These days, reading feels like taking my brain for a walk.
I’d love to know…what are you currently reading?
Mmmmmm soooo lovely… Just gulped down “Untamed” (Glennon Doyle) and currently working on “Range” (David Epstein) — also reading slowly, as my mind feels like it’s going on all kinds of walks right now at the same time… hehehe Thank you for this sweet one.
I find myself reaching for childrens books or Murakami. There’s something soothing in them.
Mmm, I love that. Definitely gravitating toward lighter reads and stories that feel hopeful.