Jessica James pandemic reading listWhat a strange new world we live in now that COVID-19 is part of our lives. So disruptive in so many ways, yet there are some good things to come out of being locked down and in quarantine…

Like reading more.

I don’t know about you but I’ve rediscovered my own personal library. It has been wonderful finding books I barely remember and re-reading them again. Right now I’m enjoying reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “Shanna,” which I think I first read in my teens. (MANY years ago)!

For the past few years my books have pretty much been limited to non-fiction for research so I am truly enjoying reading for pleasure. If nothing else, the pandemic shows us how unpredictable and arbitrary life is. We may as well accept that nothing is certain, except uncertainty.

If you think you might try reading a classic, I recommend The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Count of Monte Cristo. Another favorite of mine is The Biography of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain.

If this isolation period is extended, I plan to re-read A Tale of Two Cities and Don Quixote. And after that…I have five bookcases to go through, so I’ll be good for quite a while!

Stay home. Stay safe. And pick up a book. You’ll soon find yourself in another world!


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