Ever since Covid-19 hit our neck of the woods, my reading has been all over the place – it’s time to straighten some things out.

Back in March, working from home felt like an introvert’s dream come true. With around 90 unread books waiting for me on my shelves, it seemed like I’ve been preparing for a season of social distancing for all my life. I was highly motivated. It was finally time to tackle those daunting doorstoppers I’ve been putting off for some time. Ironically, my brain decided that Stephen King’s The Stand was an obvious choice. Or at least a really ironical choice, if we look at it like that. The writing is brilliant – well, it is a King novel – but it’s huuuuuuuuuge. I’m about halfway through, and I really need to make some headway on that. 

Non-fiction is something I’m more and more drawn to. But most of the time it’s not something you can sink into for hours on end. Right now I’m slowly making my way through Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, which should probably be considered required reading. Those essays really give you something to chew on. I’m reading one or two a day, and they will keep me occupied until the end of the month. 

I’ve started rereading V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic – Kell and Lila’s adventures are perfect as a comfort read. I’ve finished the first two books so far and I guess I’ll just keep going with the third one. 

Next up for my postal book club is Nationalstraße by Jaroslav Rudiš. I’m not familiar at all with Czech literature, but broadening my horizon is exactly what this book club is for. 

Last but not least – our monthly Sceptre Mystery New Release Remote Buddy Read (well, we probably need a shorter name for that). Who knows what our favorite bookshop chose this time, their last pick (Stephen King’s If It Bleeds) was excellent.