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Reading My Way through the Pandemic


I'll be honest: being on lockdown during a pandemic isn't all that different from daily life for me. For years, I've spent the majority of my day (and sometimes, nights) working from my home office, punctuated by hikes with my husband and dogs, and sofa reading breaks with my cats. There's usually a pot of tea nearby, and maybe I'm drinking an extra cup each day for the additional antioxidants. Right now, with so many offices closed, less email to answer and mandatory social distancing at play, I'm taking the opportunity to revisit some of my favorite escape literature:


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Edward Gorey's body of work

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

The Blue Max by Jack D. Hunter

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

P.D. James' complete works

Letters from Iceland by W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice

The Salzburg Connection, Assignment in Brittany and North From Rome by Helen MacInnes




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