I can’t believe that June is almost over and that 6 months have gone by since 2020 started. Time really has lost a lot of meaning while living in this new social distancing pandemic life. I don’t know about you but I have had periods of time where I am reading A LOT of books. And then I have some days/weeks when I can’t focus and reading seems like a chore.
I think I have been making pretty good progress in reading more from my unread shelf. I have completed the prompts for every month so far, although I did struggle with June’s prompt. If I had stuck to my “rule” of only reading one Louise Penny book a month in May this prompt of “a book from a series” would have been easy.
My local library opened up this month for curb side pick ups of books on hold. And I may have gone a little crazy putting books on hold. I have been able to put holds on and have read a couple of books from the Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide this year. Some I have liked, some I haven’t but none of them have been books that I have loved.
I have noticed that since the pandemic started I have been reading a lot of mysteries. I have especially liked reading books in a series, there is something comforting about them (even though they usually feature a gruesome murder). I have also noticed that I don’t enjoy “chick lit” or women’s fiction books as much as I used to. I don’t know whether my tastes have changed or I’ve become a different reader, or my mood/stress level has been different this year or a combo of all of the above.
Some of my favourite reads from the first part of the year: ** book from my unread shelf
- A Rule Against Murder- Louise Penny **
- Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
- The Book that Matters Most -Ann Hood**
- The Brutal Telling- Louise Penny **
- The Janes- Louisa Luna
- Recipe for a Perfect Wife- Karma Brown
- Bury Your Dead- Louise Penny**
- All the Ways we Said Goodbye- Beatriz Williams
- Two Girls Down- Louisa Luna
- Other People’s Houses- Abbi Waxman **
- Bibliophile – Jane Mount**
- Comfort Me with Apples and Tender at the Bone: Two Culinary Treasures- Ruch Reichl
- A Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett**
- A Garden of Small Beginnings- Abbi Waxman
- How the Light Gets In- Louise Penny**
- A Great Deliverance- Elizabeth George
- The Watsons go to Birmingham- 1963- Christopher Paul Curtis
- Nevertheless She Wore It- Ann Shen