Seven weeks ago I created a shelf on my Goodreads and called it ‘Read in Isolation’. I wanted to keep track of the books I had read whilst spending 98% of my time isolated within my own house as an ‘at risk’ person for developing complications if I were to contract Covid 19. I’ve returned to working within my actual workplace this week so for all intents and purposes, my ‘isolation’ is over. 🎉
But what did I read, and were there any patterns?
Total books read: 23
Historical fiction: 11
Contemporary fiction: 10
A further breakdown (some crossover):
WWII fiction: 5
Crime fiction: 3
Family/relationship focused: 20
Magical realism: 2
Female agency: 6
Five star reads: 14
Four star reads: 3
Own purchases: 2
Review books: 21
Books about Pandemics: 0
I am surprised I read as much contemporary fiction as I did. It felt like I was reading more historical. Two non-fiction might not seem like much, but within a seven week period, that’s quite a lot for me. A lot of family/relationship focused stories, I’m not sure if that was accidental or intentional. In some of these, the family dynamics were operating alongside the plot, in others, the family dynamics and relationships were the actual plot.
Of note: I averaged 3 books per week over the seven weeks. This is no different to the amount of books I read when not in isolation. I either have a very isolated life in normal times (this is very likely), or, I was doing ‘other things’ more (again, true: monopoly matches and I watched a lot more TV than I normally do). Maybe a balance of both!