Contrary to popular belief, I am not just a cinephile: I am also a bibliophile. In my opinion, you cannot be one and not the other to be a fully educated individual. My life gets in the way of my reading most of the time.
However, in light of our current global situation, I find that I have more quiet moments in between Zoom meetings and client calls to read a chapter (or 5) of the latest book I am reading. With no commute times, no lines for coffee or food, no needless chatter, or running into people out and about, I now have little moments to enjoy a good book.
“Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” – E.B. White
My latest obsession is keeping up with my 2020 reading goal on Goodreads. Here is a link to my profile if you would like to be friends! Goodreads is also a great way to get new book ideas or to read reviews from other book lovers. I have found several books friends have read that I have now added to my ever-growing list.
Reading can inspire, create, or transform your current worldview. As Stephen King said, “Books are uniquely portable magic.” It seems as if reading is the new Instagram flex for the aesthetic, but for true book lovers, this is the perfect time to catch up on the stack of books on your nightstand.
I have read five books since the pandemic started, which is more than I have had time to read since before undergrad. There are always more books to read. I often feel as Sylvia Plath did when she said, “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want…And I am horribly limited.” There are always books on my list I want to read, and the following are a few I have read during quarantine and a few on my list.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking // As a life-long introvert, this book helped me understand more of how I process my environment. It also discussed the ideal work environment for the introvert. As well as the dangers of the “New Groupthink.” What author Susan Cain describes as “the phenomenon that…elevates teamwork above all else.” Trust me, as a graduate student in a program highly focused on group projects, I could write a book on the phenomenon. Introverts and extroverts alike would benefit from learning the power of quiet.
Me: Elton John Official Biography // I finished this book right after I left the city when it went on lockdown. Reading Elton’s biography was like reading a living history guide to the last fifty years. From music to fashion to politics, Elton has seen it all. The journey of his transformation into the man he is today was truly incredible.
My Life in France // Once upon a time, Julia Child did not know how to cook. If you do not know who Julia Child is, go ahead and look it up. I’ll wait. Okay, now that you are part of the informed members of society. She and her husband, Paul, moved to France in 1948, where she fell in love with French food. Julia began taking cooking classes at Cordon Bleu and began writing a cookbook with friends to teach other Americans how to cook French food. Julia Child is charming and genuine and the food will make you ready to pack your bags for France (in a few months).
Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To lead // Next on my list of book to-be-read is Sheryl Sandberg’s inspiring best seller geared toward women and their progress toward leadership. After Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, TED talk in 2010, she received such an overwhelming response she wrote, Lean In, to continue to encourage women to lead through stories and
Thinking, Fast and Slow // There is almost nothing more an introvert likes than thinking. We think a lot. We overthink actually. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman gives readers a tour of the mind and how it involves two systems of thinking: System 1 and System 2. System 1 is thinking fast and is emotional; however, System 2 is thinking slow and uses logic.
My reading interest may be as varied as my film choices, but I hope you have enjoyed my list. If you have read any of these, comment below your thoughts. Of course, I had to include a few movie scenes in a post. Enjoy!
What have you been reading during quarantine?