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In the next few weeks and months, there might be delays in your favorite tv shows and your most anticipated movies, due to the actors and screenwriter's strikes.Of course, there’s a plethora of content to watch on demand on any number of streaming services. But this might be a good time to catch up on that podcast (or podcasts) that you were thinking of trying.
Or — and stick with me here — you might want to try reading a novel! There’s nothing like immersing yourself in a fiction story. Undistracted by good or bad performances by Hollywood stars or newcomers, undistracted by cinematography or special effects, your imagination can actually provide the visuals. While most films and TV shows are the result of collaborations between creatives and the business, novels are much more of a “solo project.” You know how when someone who has read the source material sees a movie adaptation, their response is usually, “But the book was better”? Well, it usually is.
Of course, reading requires a bit more discipline than watching TV or a movie. At the end of a work day, it’s easy to plop on the couch and just activate your TV, laptop or iPad screen. Reading a book (whether it’s in physical form or digital) is much more of an active choice and requires a bit more effort and concentration. But it pays off.
I spend a lot of my time reading books, reading about books and talking about books. So far this year, I’ve read xxx books, mostly/all novels. Here are five of the best current novels that I would recommend.