For today’s post I had a few choices:

  • Repost my last TBR (No, I still haven’t read them. Yes, I still plan to read them – at some point.)
  • Fake it and come up with a new TBR and pretend I’ve read the books that were on my last post
  • Or, engage in some real talk

So…. Real talk: in these topsy-turvy self-isolation/coronavirus days I’m finding I lack the attention span to read. I pick up books and read a few paragraphs and then find myself getting up to get some tea. Or to put in a load of laundry. Or watching whatever round of videos YouTube is recommending. (And also some CNN/MSNBC as well, if I’m honest.)

I just can’t keep my attention on the page right now – and I suspect I’m not alone in feeling this way.

Lest you think I’m wallowing in the never-ending news cycle (which I did at first, but not these days. I’m exhausted of it, I need a break) – I promise I’m not! I’m sewing masks to donate (and/or give to friends), and I started a truly massive cross stitch project. I’ve watched Onward on Disney+, Tiger King on Netflix (I have so many thoughts…) and I’ve also managed to listen to four audiobooks: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (cute), The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (super enjoyable), The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe (fun and my second non-fiction book of 2020) and Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi (it was fine, but I really wanted to like it more than I did).

So while I didn’t read any of the books on my TBR, I’m still consuming. I’m getting through these weird days as best I can. And last night I picked up Daisy Jones and put her on the coffee table, instead of on the stack of books on the bookshelf. Baby steps.

How are you doing? Do you find yourself reading more these days, or are you with me on the struggle bus at the moment? What book do you think will bust me out of my physical book reading slump? I have so many good books – one of them will tempt me back soon, I’m sure.

Maybe it’ll be Daisy.

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