For about four weeks now I’ve been reading every day. Sometimes it’s only a couple of pages, other times I read a couple of hundred pages, although that is still rare. I’m also getting interested in getting new books, instead of just reading books I already own or new releases by favourite authors. I’m planning a trip down Amazon’s rabbit hole in search of fun, not too expensive horror stories tomorrow. It’s been a while since I was in a mood to do that.
My official challenge for this year was to read one book every two weeks. At the moment I’m a good way ahead, nine books according to GoodReads and I have read a little more than one book a week so far this year. Sure I did read a couple of short stories, but I also read a couple of longer books of around 500 pages or more.
Where in the past I did a lot of reading at night I now do most of my reading during the day, and occasionally around dinner time. At night I now do other hobbies, like cross stitching, diamond painting and game (still Animal Crossing). Our store is now open again, sort of. We are now allowed to let people pick up orders they placed by phone (or internet, but we don’t do that) and people can make an appointment for “private shopping”. There has to be at least four hours between making the appointment and the actual appointment. Whilst we are now getting more private shopping customers we haven’t had one that took a long time. It’s mostly people who bring old lightbulbs to show what they need. Sometimes they want a lightbulb or battery tested or want to see how the lightbulbs look when they’re on to compare them before buying. An appointment slot has to be 10 minutes at a minimum. We have slots of 15 minutes, mostly because that is the shortest timeslot available on Google Calendar. Our customers are quick, even today, when we only had a couple of empty slots, I managed to read about 60 pages between customers (and I was the one who helped most customers and took most calls today).
I’m still reading whatever I’m in the mood for when it’s time to pick a new book. Yesterday I finished Crota by Owl Goingback, his first book. It’s a creature feature and those are either hit or miss for me. This one was a hit. A bit rough around the edges, as others also have remarked. Especially in the beginning of the book some unimportant things were described in such detail that it made them feel like they were important details to remember for later in the story, when that wasn’t case. I loved the Native American myth theme of the book. I would have loved to know more about the inhabitants of the discovered, hidden city. Maybe in a chapter at the start of the book, or as flashbacks interspersed in the main story. But have put Owl Goingback on my authors-to-read list and I’ll be reading other books by him.
I’m currently reading the sixth book in the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber. So far I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. And 21% into this book I’m also liking this one. After his I think I’m going to treat myself to Ambrose Ibsen’s The Haunting of Winslow Manor, I’ve had it on my wishlist for a while now. Ambrose Ibsen is very high on my list of favourite horror authors. His books are easy and fast reads (a plus when you’re experiencing a reading slump), they are entertaining and fairly original and I like that not all of his main characters are super likeable.
I’m still avoiding really long books of 600 pages or more. It’s funny, currently I would define a long book as over 500 pages long. There was a time I wouldn’t call a book long if it was under 800 pages long.
I think one of the reasons I’m reading more is because I’ve gotten used to the whole Covid-19 situation. Or, maybe not exactly gotten used to it, but at least it doesn’t stress my out as much. I’m not obsessively doomscrolling any more. Even now that we’re on the cusp of a third wave in the Netherlands. Where I found it hard to concentrate on reading before, that isn’t the case anymore, at least most of the time. I can now find diversion in books again.
I’ll have to wait and see how fast I’m reading when the store opens properly again and I have less time to read in between customers. But with the third wave now starting according to experts, I expect we’re stuck with shopping by appointment for a while yet. Though the government promised to look if shops are allowed more freedom at the end of the month. But if infection rates are increasing like they have done over the last couple of days I don’t see shops opening like they were before the lockdown of mid December. But when we open regularly I’m sure I’m able to find to read at least a couple of pages most days.