11 Aug

For several years, in the days between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, my sister and I would ask, “When is Children’s Day?”

Every year, my mother would reply, “Every day is Children’s Day.” She was old school that way.

Apparently, Sunday, August 9th was National Book Lovers’ Day. I missed it, but can’t help channeling my mother because I believe that every day is book lovers’ day.

The pandemic has caused me to lose a bit of my reading mojo. I have lost the desire to read fiction – in print or as an audiobook. I seem to only have a desire for nonfiction, and not just the nonfiction books I have to read for the committee I am on.

I have always been able to lose myself in a fictional world. You would think that, homebound for the most part, I would easily escape to some fictional place, an armchair traveller. But, for some strange reason, I long to escape to real places: under the sea with whales and octopus, to Colombia and Washington, into politics and philosophy.

I know several people who have completely lost their reading mojo. So to lose interest in fiction isn’t a bad thing, necessarily. It’s just a thing.

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  1. beckymusician August 11, 2020 at 9:04 am #

    This is so interesting! It makes sense that people’s reading habits have changed at this time. I am reading a lot for school – I am on the Diversity Committee and so have been reading relevant nonfiction — but I also am drawn to rereading favorite fiction. It’s a comfort to go “visit” with my fictional friends.

  2. jumpofffindwings August 11, 2020 at 9:09 am #

    Oh, Adrienne, it sounds like you’re going places with your reading, even if those places are “real,” maybe especially because they’re real. I am finding myself averse to dystopia titles, though I did just finish Parable of the Sower, and am liking short stories, something I usually don’t choose. At least books don’t wear masks; I embrace that!

  3. arjeha August 11, 2020 at 9:17 am #

    I think that with all that is going on in this world people are turning to nonfiction for reality checks.

  4. Betsy Hubbard August 11, 2020 at 9:30 am #

    It’s been an interesting shift for so many people. it’s difficult to get swept up in a different reality right now when all we want is a truly different reality! I struggled immensely in this same way until around the end of June then I was able to re-ignite my reading ways. I think it’s so important to recognize this is a challenge for so many right now and it helps me understand why it might be a challenge for some more regularly.

  5. Stacey Shubitz August 11, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

    It’s so interesting how your reading life has changed since the pandemic began. I’ve been the total opposite. I’ve been slogging through a few nonfiction texts, but I’ve been DEVOURING fiction. (Right now I’m reading Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West, which I highly recommend. It’s set in a school so maybe it’ll help you fall back into fiction again.)

  6. Trina August 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm #

    This is interesting to me. The pandemic has definitely negatively affected my reading. I have found that I haven’t been able to concentrate as well. I am glad that I am not the only one!

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