Books : Escapism in a Time of Quarantine

Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card! (Name that show) But seriously… reading rocks. I always have a book going and I usually buy them. I have been building quite a collection over the past few years but the stay at home order has accelerated my book consumption for sure. Quarantining at home means there is no excuse not to curl up in a cozy chair or out on the deck with a good book.


Here is the shelf of what I’ve read so far in 2020.

My favorite book of the year so far – The Dog Stars by Peter Heller is the story of a pilot and his dog who are surviving in a post flu-pandemic world with the help of a gunman friend and his Cessna. The story was engaging and the reader can definitely feel for the plight of the main character, especially given the current climate.
I also loved The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman. This book is on the Bill Gates reading list. If you read and liked The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and have an interest in the sciences you’ll love this book. It is more than topical given the vaccine race our society currently running.

What’s up Next:

Today I’m starting An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal. It’s a New York Times best seller about America’s dysfunctional healthcare system. As a PA I can’t wait for this one! It was recommended by a coworker, thanks Liz!

yes I know I have a whale bookend addiction…

As a lifelong reader I always have a list going of what’s up next on my list to read. My favorite local bookshop is https://www.shermans.com/ Their staff reads never disappoint and I’m always a sucker for their Maine themed gifts and housewares. I buy most of my books on http://Thriftbooks.com. I LOVE used books. Books can be $$$ and most of their books are under $4. Is you’re not picky about condition this is a great place to get books.

If you’re looking for book recommendations https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/ and https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books are awesome places to look. Bill Gates in his Netflix doc revealed that he doesn’t go anywhere without his LLBean tote of books. Although I don’t carry entire book tote I have gotten in the habit of bringing a book with me everywhere I go. It is so much more productive and enjoyable to read a few pages of a book vs. flipping aimlessly through my phone.

Happy Reading! Some day soon I’ll post a tour of my library.
If you have a book rec please leave it in a reply comment!

– Rhi

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