So, corona virus restrictions are being reimposed. Less socialising, less going out of the house, maybe worse to come. But the upside of all that is, you can top up your lockdown reading … Your Books To Be Read pile might have shrunk in the past six months, but why not add to it now? Why not choose something new, maybe something you wouldn’t normally touch?
Taking some books at, er, random – you can enjoy historical fiction, thrillers, comedy, romance, novels exploring relationships and the human heart; revel in the settings of London (in the 18th century and today), modern Czechia, Sussex, the Lake District, Alaska, South Wales, Devon and the Cotswolds.
Or you can read biography and moving memoir; and if you are a manager and your staff are all working from home, why not take advantage of their absence and bone up on management thinking? And if you’re a parent or doting grandparent, get a lovely book for the little one.
Last, but not least, there’s poetry. What better way to cope with today’s vicissitudes than settling down with some great poetry ‘the best words in the best order’, as I think someone said.