Reading During a Pandemic

I will first acknowledge I’ve been one of the lucky ones during these last few months. I never faced the prospect of a furlough or layoff and still don’t. My employer did what many others were forced to do this Spring and sent just about everyone to work from home. Six months in and it’s impossible to know when things may go back to “normal”.

With that said, I’ve been reading quite a bit more these last few months. My eight hour shift is eight hours. No 20 minute drive. No waking up an hour before my shift. That extra time has translated into more pages read and more sleep, if I’m being honest.

Once I finish two more books 2020 will be my second best year of reading and after 15 more would be my best. I’ve settled into a routine recently. Every night after the end of my shift I try to devote 30-60 minutes to reading. Some nights I do it. Some I don’t. But I’ve come up with a two-part plan going forward. I try to read one book during the week and finish another each weekend. I’m about to finish my 5th book this month, so it appears to be working.

Now could I have done this same thing without a pandemic changing daily life? Yes. But I know myself. It wouldn’t have happened.

What have you done differently this year? More reading? Less? DIY projects around the house? Tell me, tell me.

5 thoughts on “Reading During a Pandemic

  1. It is good to see you here Johnny. You have always been a very persistent and talented blogger. In answer to your question, I have not done a lot different during these pandemic times. My job allows me to work remotely, so I have continued to do so. So I have not been impacted like many others. I have been working a lot these days, so I have not been able to write as much as I would like. My wife has been doing more reading than I have, but here are two novels I have read since the pandemic began. I enjoyed: this book. “Ask the Dust” by John Fante. I also just finished a novel by Richard Yates called “Disturbing the Peace”. I especially enjoyed Richard Yates, and I want to read more of his work. Take care Johnny and keep posting.


    • Good to hear you have been able to continue working. These last few months have also given me a chance to think about maybe trying to write another book. My current manager read my first one and literally knows it like the back of his hand. I’ll have to look those up. By the end of the year I’ll be down to just a few unread books on my shelves.


  2. We ended up getting rid of about 3/4 of our material assets and moved to a smaller place. There is such freedom in getting rid of stuff that you never really needed in the first place. 😉


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