I am finally getting to the point where I am able to finish some books! I haven’t gotten around to writing the reviews, so I haven’t posted them here yet. I hope to in the next day or two.
I have completed 56 of my goal of 100 books this year. Most of them were actually in January and February. I am glad I got ahead back when I was feeling like reading. It’s been difficult to concentrate on reading when there is so much of everything else going on in my head.
I am lucky enough to have been working at work, and not solely in the house. I have been doing the household errands for family members while I am out, so that not everyone is going out. One person making one trip to the grocery store for three households is much better than three people going out. Especially if those households have elderly people. Plus, I know it’s done correctly if I do it. (Yes, I am a Virgo, for those who believe in that.)
I am still trying to finish up my painting class for this semester. Zoom meetings twice a week break up my schedule.
I feel like I’m handling the shelter in place fairly well on most days. I just wish I could get more reading done. I know it’ll come back, since I’m getting there slowly.
Before I read the above linked article, I thought it was just me who has having a hard time concentrating on reading. I have a huge stack of library books that I can’t take back to the library, and I just am not feeling like reading right now. I have been forcing myself to read at least a chapter a day, but I have pretty much been reading stuff for bookclubs, if I get to anything. I am allowing myself to read for fun, too, but I am just getting the oomph I need to get anything accomplished.
Hopefully, my brain will reset soon, and I’ll get back at it. I haven’t written a review in a while.
The above linked article tells about audiobooks and how it’s been discovered that both reading and listening to books activate the same part of the brain. Many people think that audiobooks are “cheating.” This study shows that they are about the same when it comes to our brains.
I am of the age that I need reading glasses more often than I think I do. Yes, I am aware that it’s not this type of glasses. I think, though, that these glasses should be full. I am glad they are reading, though. They’ll learn something, maybe?
The above linked article talks about how having a library card opens up a reader’s mind to a lot more books. You aren’t storing the books or purchasing them, just borrowing and returning. It takes less effort and thought to pick a library book when you know you’ll be sending it back into circulation. When I do this, I end up returning several that I haven’t read yet, but I know that I will never get around to sitting down and reading the book.
According to the above linked article, February 19-23 is Drink Wine with Your Cat Week. I seem to have missed it, but Inky is always willing to sit quietly with me while I read and have a glass of wine, unless she has better things to do. I guess I’ll have to make sure I get to observe next year’s celebration.