Who could have predicted in January that by March, many of us would be in lockdown and quarantine, our lives completely changed by a worldwide health crisis? The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our social lives, jobs, education - you name it! Things are opening up in my area, but the past almost 7 months of staying at home have had an impact on what I read and how I read.
- I'm reading more books than before. The day before the stay-at-home order came down in my state, I left my job to start a new one. It had been in the works for weeks, and I never anticipated that I wouldn't be able to start my new position. But, that's what happened - it was a month before I could actually start, so I had a ton of free time. I'm working fewer hours than I was at my last job, too, so even after I started, I still had a lot of free time, and since everything was closed, it was the perfect excuse to stay home and read. It seems like I'm finishing a book every couple days, or even less sometimes!
- I'm reading more romance and rom-coms. I used to be an occasional romance reader, but since the pandemic started, I'm finding myself drawn mostly to romances and rom-coms, over everything else. They're the perfect escape - light and fluffy, with a guaranteed happily ever after.
- I'm listening to fewer audiobooks. Audiobooks were the key to my work commute, so when that ended, my ability to get through audiobooks went down drastically. I still listen to them on walks or while I'm doing chores, but it's taking me way longer to listen to each one.
- I'm reading more ebooks. It was so fortuitous that my sister got me a Kindle this past Christmas, because it has been a lifesaver! My library was closed for months, meaning my main source of physical books was no longer available. But, I still had access to a huge collection of ebooks, and I've really taken advantage of it.
- I feel like I'm retaining less. Sometimes I almost feel like I'm reading too much, too quickly, and I'm not really retaining much about the books I'm reading (it means my reviews have gotten a lot shorter, too; I've been relying on mini-reviews and quick reviews). I don't know the exact cause of it; maybe it's due to anxiety or distractions. But, I still find the act of reading very comforting, so I'm not that worried about it.
Have your reading habits changed during the pandemic?