At the beginning of the pandemic, I had a really hard time reading. My mind would go wild and after turning a page I would realize that I had been reading it without reading it. Does this ever happen to you?
The only solution I found was to download an audiobook and listen to it while going on a walk.
That's how I "read" my first book of the pandemic: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Fast forward a couple weeks and I found myself in a new house in a new town and a library stocked full of amazing books and the option to check them out safely.
That's how my pandemic reading really started. I signed up on the library's website, got my card and login in the mail, created a reading list on the library's website, placed holds online and waited for an email notification to come and pick up my next reads.
My regular trips to the library bring me a lot of joy and are the perfect excuse to take a break from work and go for a walk.
Unsurprisingly, my 2020 reading list has been showing 3 major themes: POC authors (#BLM), food (having a proper kitchen and direct access to nature make me want to forage and cook all day every day), and home decor (did I mention I moved?).
I've had a hard look at my reading list and made a point to actively look for black and brown authors. I also searched historic and antiracist books to raise my consciousness about race and (systemic) racism (see my complete reading list).
Food & Herbs
Hoping to stay put for a while in my new place, I want to learn about the local fauna & flora, go foraging, dry, dehydrate, preserve, pickle and cook. While on the one hand I do not want to add to my house chores and mental load, I also want to make mindful and healthy living and eating a priority.
Home Decor & Organizing
One day I'll build a house and will be able to chose the color of the walls and the placement of the windows. But for now, I gather all the tips and tricks to make a (rented) house a home.
You can find my 2020 reading list here.
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What's on your reading list?