Every time a potentially life-changing/world-changing event happens, my reading habits tend to change. Namely, I don’t read as much.
The initial shock of a pandemic, an economic crash, or war, takes a little getting used to. I read books to feel things, to see the world through other people’s eyes, and to have some unique experiences through literature. Unfortunately, I get to do all three not five minutes after I wake up every morning lately.
When disaster strikes, I dive into my writing and into video games like Planet Coaster or Civilisation 6 (although I’ve been avoiding that one like the plague since war came up). Video games that I can build things in, and writing, in which I build everything, from characters to settings to stories.
In short, my coping mechanism when things get tough is to build things. The illusion of control it gives helps get through those times when you feel like the world is falling apart around you and there’s nothing you can do about it. At this point, if it’s all there is, I’ll take it.
When I was younger, the world didn’t feel so fragile, but my home life certainly did. When your home is unsafe, emotionally or physically (or both), feeling as though you are somewhere else is something you learn to cherish. That was where books came in for me, and became my primary coping mechanism at the time.
That’s the long way of saying I don’t have a book to review this week. But I’m on a deadline to review an ARC so I will definitely have one next week. Although that doesn’t mean I won’t be playing away hours of my life on Planet Coaster and maybe some Breath Of The Wild.
Apologies for the lack of book review this week, but look out next week for a review of Orion by Skyler Andra. In the meantime, please keep yourselves safe, mentally and physically, and don’t forget that at times like this, whatever you need to do to keep yourself afloat is your biggest priority.
Thanks for reading!