Discussion | Social Distancing and Reading Updates

Hello, fellow readers! It has been couple of weeks since I checked in. It is hard to feel motivated to keep up a reading blog when I haven’t really been reading much and haven’t been enjoying what I am reading. I know we are all dealing with some stress and anxiety over COVID-19 or the coronavirus, and I am by no means blaming that for my lack of content or reading, but it has affected my ability to focus on reading right now.


If you saw my February Wrap Up post, then you know I have been fighting a reading slump since I finished You Are Not Alone. I did not read for a full week after finishing that book. Then I picked up Night Film by Marisha Pessl, which has been on my TBR forever. I don’t even remember the last time I read any of that book though, and I don’t know how much of my enjoyment of the book is from my reading slump or if it is really a boring book. It’s honestly hard to review a book when I am in such a slumpy mood. I also tried an audiobook during this time, The Stranger Diaries by Ely Griffiths, which is a backlist Netgalley title. I ended up DNFing that book after Part 1.

Then I had to start Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo for my buddy read in my book club. I was enjoying the book, but I also don’t think a reading schedule is the best thing for me when I am in a reading slump because the book feels like required reading from high school. So I don’t know if I’m going to finish the buddy read with my book club.

I then picked up The Test by Sylvain Neuvel because I wanted to participate in the Backlist Readathon last week. That was when COVID-19 became a much bigger concern in the US and my state, so I struggled to enjoy the book. It was super short and should have been something I read in one sitting, but I actually fell asleep at least one night while trying to read it. I gave this book two stars, and it is a perfect example of not knowing if my mood affected my enjoyment or if it was just not a book for me.

So after four mystery/thriller type books, I decided to switch genres and opted for my eARC of The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren. So far, I am enjoying this book, but I’m still not feeling compelled to pick up my Kindle and read it during all this free time I have (we are actually on spring break this week).

With all that is going on, I feel anxious and check my phone way too often. I feel like I need to stay up-to-date on the constant changes regarding COVID-19, and things change quickly.

Currently, I am waiting to hear from my school district to find out if we are closing next week. I am waiting for the state board to determine if the days missed will be forgiven or if we will have to make up the days this summer. I am waiting to know if state testing is canceled or if we will still be required to administer these tests to our students. I am waiting to know if I will still be paid if we do close school (distance learning is not an option for my students). For someone who likes to feel in control, this is alot to handle, and I am having trouble focusing on anything but my phone.

So while this was not the most upbeat update, I did help to write out my thoughts and let you all know what has been going on. I know this is all temporary and the sooner we all self isolate and practice social distancing, the sooner we can reach the other side of the pandemic!


2 thoughts on “Discussion | Social Distancing and Reading Updates

  1. It’s so frustrating to be in this waiting mode, isn’t it?! My life hasn’t changed drastically–I stay at home and write most of the time–other than to have my husband telecommuting in the living room and my kids wondering when they’ll go back to school, and how they’ll make up all the work they have to do! (Especially my teen, who’s in AP chem.) I hope you can break out of your reading slump soon. Stay safe!

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    1. Yes! The unknown has been causing so much anxiety. Thankfully, my state shut down all schools with pay the day after I posted this, so my anxiety over that has gotten better! I can’t even imagine not going back to work until April, and honestly, I’ll be surprised if we get to go back then. And finally, I did finish a book tonight, so all in all, I am feeling more optimistic! I hope you are adjusting to this “new temporary norm” as well!

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