I am definitely reading more in lockdown

Contributor: Regina


Have you read more or less during lockdown, or much the same as usual?


I am definitely reading more in lockdown which is great because I used to read a lot but in recent years I had less and less time for reading.


Has lockdown affected your choice of reading material?


It was not lockdown – it is a change that started with me. I now read more self-improvement books than before but still sneaking some old favourites in between.


Have you switched from your normal genre? eg started reading poetry, short stories, non fiction, drama?


Yes, I kind of answered this above.


Have you been using reading in a different way – for example for comfort, raising your spirits, escapism, distraction?


My choice of reading is considerably influenced by the mental change that started in Jan- Feb 2020. I am mainly reading to learn at the moment.


Have you been finding it harder to concentrate during lockdown?


No, in a way it is much better because I have more time and I am beginning to understand what is important to me, rather than being swept by daily life


Have you started books and been unable to finish them?


Occasionally I do that 🙂


Where do you get inspiration for titles?


Mentors and peers mainly.


Where are you sourcing your books/audiobooks from?



Have you embarked on reading all the books you already own but have never read?




Have you been listening to audiobooks rather than reading? If so, does listening add something to your experience of the book that you wouldn’t get by reading it yourself?


No, just reading old fashioned books.


Have you been reading books about pandemics? eg The Plague by Albert Camus, Jour- nal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Roses of Eyam by Don Taylor etc?




Can you recommend up to 5 books/audiobooks that you have enjoyed during lockdown?


My favourite Steinbeck – any book you pick is good!
3 Simple Steps by Trevor G Blake
The Chimp Paradox (haven’t finished this one yet but it is promising)
There is nothing wrong with you – don’t remember the author but it is a lovely lady



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