Friday, August 28, 2020

Reading During a Pandemic

 "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book."

Jane Smiley   

Happy Friday friends!

Is today a good day to talk about books?
 It has been awhile hasn't it?

When the schools closed in mid-March due to the pandemic spreading through our state, I quickly began dreaming of the books I would have the time to read.  I picked up book after book, finding nothing held my attention. These were books I would normally devour. I soon realized my reading was broken. You know reading is my passion; not finding a book to dig into was extremely distressing. I could only clean my house so often, and after bingeing on a few Netflix's series, I longed to escape into a good read. With the bookstore and the library closed I began downloading. Friends my reading was all over the place. 

Let's begin with two books totally out of my wheelhouse, but helped pull me
through my reading drought. 

I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamara

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer is a true crime book by Michelle McNamara about the Golden State Killer. The book was released posthumously on February 27, 2018, nearly two years after McNamara's death and two months before an arrest would be made in the case"

True crime is not the genre I normally pick to read. This one, fellow readers, is creepy; I frequently double checked my doors while reading. Not being easily frightened, I believe what really bothered me was I lived, though several years after he became inactive,  in the area in northern California where he frequently selected his victim. I frequently walked the trail he used to stalk and move between homes in the area. I suppose I just knew too much about the area, and I realized no matter the precautions taken, we are still vulnerable.

Sadly, Ms. McNamara died from a drug over-dose before finishing her book, and before the Golden State Killer's identity was discovered. She writes she was becoming so obsessed with this case she lost all interest in other areas of her life. Though this killer had retired,  I cannot help but believe Michelle was his last victim.

Creepy and impossible to put down.

Okay, I'm going to continue with the fright fest. 

"In the latest thriller from New York bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father's bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound -- and dangerous-- secrets hidden within its walls? 

I actually listened to this one on audible. I found myself pulling a few more weeds in the garden, and taking a little bit longer to vacuum around the house just to find out what was going to happen next. Though Home Before Dark didn't keep me up at night, it did keep me listening and guessing how it would end. This would be an excellent selection for you Halloween reading.

You know I love pairing books and food; sometimes all you need is a big bowl of popcorn. Toss in a handful of candy corn. Grab a favorite snack and settle in with one of these nail biting novels. Don't  forget to check your windows and doors.

Who knew I could be pulled to the dark side.
 Has your reading changed during quarantine?
I would love to hear about it.


Here's what I am digging into this weekend.
And friends, it is a real book that I can hold in my hands.

What fun things are you doing this weekend?

Happy reading friends!


  1. yes...odd books for you, books i would have never guessed you would read!!

    this weekend is suppose to be cool. i have a bike ride planned and maybe some time at lake of the lilies!!

    1. Debbie... the true crime/ thriller are totally out of my wheelhouse. I am calling it my Covid Reading! I am just now feeling like I am getting back to my normal reading. Hugs sweet friend!

  2. thinking of you as the school year begins. is your district doing remote learning or in person?? i hope you found your normal reading!!

  3. Bonnie I was unable to enjoy reading in the beginning of the pandemic. Later in the summer I was able to settle into a good book. Once the library reopened I felt like some of life was restored. Hope all is well with your return to school. Your book "I'll be gone before dark" sounds like a good read. Will be looking for this one at the library. Take care friend. Hugs!

    1. Debbie, so many readers I talked with fell into a reading slump. Libraries reopening has really helped. I do curbside pick-ups. I have visited the bookstore a couple of times. They are doing a great job limiting visitors! Hugs!

  4. you noticed the books!!!!!!!! only you would notice the books!!!!