Since we’re all stuck in our homes, the boredom tends to creep in.. a lot.
So how else can we run to anywhere we like, while remaining in our lazy couch? If you did not guess it yet, my answer is to read books. Work on that “to read-pile” and order new book shelves if necessary.
Personally, I started with a creepily accurate book in times like these. This was Blindness by José Saramago. It’s a story about an epidemic of blindness and all the tragedies following this disaster. And although it reminded me that things could still be far worse, I did notice that I often took a break from reading to clear my head. Whilst mostly, it is reading that clears my head. I do think that perhaps this was caused by the writing style, which is very nervous. But this same writing style is also what made it so hard to put the book down. I definitely recommend this book but keep in mind that it is not the most relaxing literature.
After the seriousness of Saramago I decided to switch it completely.
I chose If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura to be the next adventure. This story was very touching yet calming and gives you a lot to ponder over. However, I am still not entirely sure wether it’s a children’s book or not. For I could not keep it dry at the moral twist in the end. Partly because I was sad it was finished. Certainly a good idea to clear your head and very much enjoyed with a furry friend by your side.
Note : You can of course also enjoy this book without a furry friend by your side.
My next escape route is a classic. I am now reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I’ve had heard they released a new movie version of the story and then I realized that I had never read the book yet. So I stole it from mom’s little library and dived right in. We all know the tales of the four sisters and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who don’t. But the March women are such a nice company in the loneliness of a lockdown.
I decided that for my next adventures I will narrow down my unread books but I will also reread some of my favourites.