I feel privileged to be able to stay at home and only worry about not having enough time for reading. Well, that is not exactly true and I do worry a lot actually but I also know and I am aware that me sitting and thinking won’t help me or anyone else for that matter so I’ve implemented some strategies into actions and I also created this list of books to read during Covid-19 time.
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende is actually on my #tbr pile. I enjoyed a number of Allende’s earlier books and I hope that this one won’t disappoint. Is already called a masterful work of historical fiction which soars from the Spanish Civil War to the rise and fall of Pinochet. It gives great insight into Chilean family, society and politics and I am looking forward to reading it.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh is a perfect book for those who wants to use pandemic time to reflect on isolation and boredom. Well, it is actually not ideal book at for this time neither is an easy read but you can check my reviewand decide if you have nerves to read about alienated young and pretty protagonist and a New York before 9/11. Ironically this book might be a perfect read while in quarantine.
The Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova Kindle Edition available now for £0.90. We all know who was Casanova right? But not everyone knows that he comes from Venice and in his memoir, he was writing that he tends to start his day by jumping into Venice waters for a morning dip. I reminded myself this story when I looked for some positive news regarding Coronavirus and read that usually dark Venice’s waterways have turned more clear during the coronavirus lockdown in Italy. Nature is taking back Venice and I do hope that we will rethink future tourism in this gorgeous city. And by the chance, it is worth to get to know about one of the most famous Italian adventurers too.
The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett is longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2020 and this is a great family saga in which a sumptuous house, built by a Dutch couple, is a character in its own right. The story follows two siblings, Danny and Maeve and explores their powerful siblings bond cause by disappearance by their mother and an emotionally distant father who soon after remarries. You can read my full review here: The Dutch House
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice because why not? Actually, I was thinking about re-watching a movie which for me is the most marvellous dark movie I have ever seen, full of beautiful emotions in the midst of haunting darkness and love. And the soundtrack is outstanding and I do recommend to listen to it too!
So as you know not only books can keep me going during a quarantine, there is also music :) Due to Covid-19 all events has been cancelled but there is good news too like for example The Paris Opera or New York Opera are screening their performances online for free!!
You might know, I do love opera but maybe some of you might treat isolation time to pick up a new hobby.
And last but not least, if you would like to have Virtual Book Shop or personal book consultations head to Little English Bookworm to have a chat and to get inspiration too!
And most of all stay safe and healthy!