Muddling On

Even though I finished two books this week it isn’t much of an achievement. I took a bread from Makaryk’s Nottingham to read Black Canyon by Jeremy Bates, which was less than 100 pages long. Today I finished Nottingham. I really enjoyed it, even if it was a slow read. I liked how it wasn’t your typical swashbuckling Robin Hood story. But the story was told from the point of view of various characters. Dealing with the motivations, insecurities and the misunderstandings that can happen.

To be honest it wasn’t just the book that caused it to take me over two weeks to finish it. The stress of the Corona virus, having a family member who’s very much at risk if she contracts it, is causing a lot of anxiety for me. I’ve found that diamond painting whilst listening to podcasts is a better distraction for me than reading (also it’s less easy to pick up a tablet and check the Corona virus news when doing that).

I wouldn’t be surprised if within the next couple of days it will be announced that all stores except supermarkets and pharmacies are to close for at least several weeks. Including our store. Yes, it would be difficult, but with the current measures I don’t expect it will be very busy anyway. I’d rather have the government announce stricter measures sooner rather than later. I think it would also give me some peace of mind; not having to come in contact with customers, hoping they’re responsible and not ill.

My next book is a lighter read; V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows, the second book in the Shades of Magic series. The first book was a quick read, so hopefully this will offer more of a distraction than Nottingham.

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