How much has your reading changed while on lockdown?

Unprecedented times. New normal. Uncharted territory.

As a marketer, I’ve used all these buzzwords and more in comms I’ve helped pen in the past few weeks. And one decision I made right off the bat was that I would never ever talk about these, well…unprecedented times on this blog.

Reading is an act of escapism, so why would I write about our reality here when we can all collectively escape into the relative comfort of fiction?

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Actual footage of me escaping our “new normal”.

Today however, I’m kind of breaking my own rule to talk about how much my reading tastes have changed in a matter of a few weeks.

You may know me as the weird blogger who loves character-driven family drama and rates books based on how much they make her cry. But all that’s changed with the lockdown. The state of the world is already bleak enough — I don’t need my books to make me despair too. Here are all the ways my reading’s changed so far:

1. I don’t accept review copies anymore.

I’ve always been very picky about accepting review copies and I’ve never really gone overboard with them. Now, however, it’s all come to a grinding halt. But I did just join Edelweiss, so…

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2. I only read backlist books.

I rearranged my bookshelf recently and became extremely anxious after seeing just how many unread books I own. This is also why I’ve stopped accepting review copies, but let’s see how long that lasts.

3. I prefer feel-good books.

This surprised me. A lot. Because the books I usually love are decidedly not feel-good. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve rated books based on how much they made me cry (5 for full-on, snot-ridden sobbing, of course). But now, I’d rather ship two swoon-worthy main characters in a feel-good romance.

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4. I re-read old favourites.

…and all these old favourites are feel-good books if you were wondering. I’ve been re-reading a lot of Meg Cabot’s books. I was obsessed with them growing up and turns out I don’t hate them too much now as an adult either. And re-reading is fun!

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5. I don’t actually hate ebooks.

My eyes have a dryness problem and that’s mostly why I’ve always shied away from ebooks. But I’ve also always preferred physical books to digital copies. However, I’ve had to default to ebooks these days because no stores are open here and Amazon only delivers essentials like groceries and meds.

And turns out I don’t hate ebooks! Mostly because I can read them in the middle of the night without turning a light on. On the downside, my eyes have never been drier RIP.

What about you?

How has your reading changed? Are you reading genres you don’t usually read? And will it change how you read when we go back to some semblance of normal? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

23 thoughts on “How much has your reading changed while on lockdown?

  1. I’ve actually been reading a lot more lately since I can’t see my friends or go do other things, which is sort of bittersweet. But it also means that I’m finally getting around to reading so many of the books that have been on my shelves for AGES.

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  2. Glad you’ve jumped into the ebooks bandwagon! I personally have been reading way more while in lockdown, mainly because the weather is so nice that I am tempted to sit in my balcony and enjoy the sun with a good book ❤ I have also been reading a lot of backlist, trying to reduce my unread physical books count in my bookshelf – although I have also been buying books to support my local bookstore which luckily still ships books all over my country 🙂

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  3. At the beginning I didn’t have the right mindset and couldn’t focus so I found that I was reading much less. Now I’ve finally got into a routine and am reading more than before the lockdown. I haven’t found many differences in the types of books I read though. It’s really interesting to hear about everyone else’s experience! Great post, Shruti!

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  4. I have been DNFing quicker lately. With all the stuff going on in the world, those little things that bother me, which I would usually let slide, are putting me off more. Like you, books are my escape (along with Animal Crossing), I want to enjoy what I am reading. Right now, I choose the feel-good reads more often than not. I need that bit of pick me up.

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    1. OMG YES! I totally understand! I’m a slogger when it comes to DNF-ing—I just sit through the book in the hope that it’ll turn around somewhere down the line. But I don’t do that anymore.

      Don’t like it? Thank you, next. 😅

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  5. I am trying to spend most of my time reading fanfics, my new found. For some people it might be a feeling of wasting their time and knowledge , but I really feel like I could learn a lot from some of them.

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