First of all, how is everyone doing in these uncertain times? I found a lot of comfort in books and films whilst in lock-down. I can happily say that I have read more books this year than I have done last year. I am very happy that I have taken part in the Goodreads challenge and targeted myself a goal of 20 books to read by the end of the year, I am already three books ahead, I consider this a huge accomplishment.

I have also noticed an increase in people’s statuses and photos that they are picking up that book that they have had on their shelves for years and never got round to it. It does seem that books are becoming rescuers to those who have grown tired of the usual things you see on TV. Especially, with us having had the amazing weather, the people were taking to their gardens, balconies, any bit of outside they can get to with their book and some music and enjoying the small benefits of being home.

Of course, there are several other things we could all be doing, such as spring cleaning, but I myself, get round to doing one room a day and then get bored. So, what better way than to pass the time (which seems to be going a hell of a lot faster than usual) than to take that book you have been meaning to read and cosy down for a few chapters. Escape to a different world. During lock-down I have been to Pemberly, Prythian, Los Angeles, a cliff in the south of England and a different world behind a door in a moving castle. If you love books it is not hard to lose yourself in that world and forget for an hour or two that there is a lot of craziness in this one. It is a great way to pass the time as well. I can find myself sitting down to read and end up finishing five hours later. Utter bliss.

Now, I am back at work, but I am still making sure that I put a little time for myself at night and my days off to get some reading and writing done. It is bringing a really nice balance to my life right now which is sometimes exactly what you need. I do however, work in a bookshop so I do find that I am buying more books than I can read. Maybe it’s time for a book buying ban for a few months. Just until I can catch up on my self at least.

Don’t forget – You owe it to yourself, to take some time away from the real world and to do something that you love to do. It can be quite refreshing. You may end up feeling a lot better.

Let me know what you have been reading over lock-down? Have you managed to keep reading after going back to work?