Yes, I have read more than usual but I have always read a lot. In the first lockdown I read more old fashioned science fiction – John Wyndham and On the Beach by Nevil Shute. A bit of a comparison with a modern day apocalyptic experience. I was spending a lot of money ordering books, mainly on Amazon, which I did not want to do. I now get books from the mobile library. I had the experience of the librarian choosing the books – I have found some new authors from that.
I then started reading big stories, The Storm Sisters series by Lucinda Riley, for distraction.
Our WI book club has been great. People just talk about books they enjoyed. I have liked The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – older people having interesting lives and drawing on their experiences.
I’m now moving on to biographies – still a story but of someone’s real life.
I’ve also enjoyed dipping a toe into poetry – the distillation of words and meaning has been satisfying.
I have also started reading books by black authors whose experience of life has been different from mine. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole was a surprise.
I like the feeling of holding a book in my hand rather than a tablet or phone so I haven’t gone down the line of audio books yet.