Episode 4: Bookish Love in the time of Coronavirus Disease

On this week's dose of bookish recommendations, library love, and literary enthusiasm we talk about the joys and sorrows of life during the COVID-19 / coronavirus disease outbreak. 

I recorded this episode after a restless night where I laid awake and planned the whole episode on my iPhone before falling asleep. It was a couple weeks into the stay-at-home order designed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease in spring 2020. As I write this, we are still under the stay-at-home guidelines several weeks later. 

I do love this quote by Emily St. John Mandel, and began to think of the things that began to appreciate more by noting their absence. In this episode  I talk about things I'm missing, things that are really hard, and also things that I am enjoying about this weird and different time. 

Emily St. John Mandel, author of several books including Station Eleven, which begins with most of the population being wiped out by a highly contagious disease and then goes on to tell the stories of the survivors who believe that "survival is insufficient" and have formed a traveling Shakespeare troupe and performs music.

Here are some photos from how I've been spending my time during the stay-at-home order. 

Lots of books and so much tea.

I have never been interested in having a bird-feeder because when you work full-time there isn't much occasion to watch the birds. But when you're home 24/7 it quickly became one of our favorite pastimes. This was 20-something dollars well spent. 

One of the first books I read during stay-at-home. Small town vibes and a comforting tone was just what I needed. 

I've been doing Zoom storytimes with some little ones, here are the first books I read to them, and then they wanted to see my teddy bear. We've continued to do this a couple times a week and it's been good for everyone. 

Our neighbors are so creative. Spotted during our neighborhood walks, which have quickly become vital to my sanity. 

My neighbors also have the best green thumbs. Love seeing the beautiful springtime trees and flowers (I wish this was my yard, but not so much!!) 

Stuffed animals in windows to create “bear hunt” for kids. https://time.com/5809613/bear-hunts-coronavirus/

The sunshine through my kitchen window is magical.  

Homemade scones are also magical. Books + Tea + Scones + Morning Sunshine = even more magical. 

I've also taken up knitting again. Thanks to Tin Can Knits for the fantastic pattern. 

The amazing Anne Bogel hosted The Stay At Home book tour and it has been amazing. She had 10 authors come on, each for an hour, and talk about their newly released books. 

One of my favorite author talks, Patti Callahan Henry, author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis. 

What have you been doing during the pandemic? Any good books you've read? I hope this finds you well, with lots of bookish love from my library to yours!


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Laura is an avid reader who is happiest when surrounded by books, tea, blankets and/or friends. Host of the Library Laura Podcast.


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