Whatever your politics, I think you can safely say that since the election, your emotions, fears, hopes, worries, joys–all these things have likely changed. I know mine have. I’ve noticed a strong shift in the things I want to read or watch on TV. Personally, my worries and fears have ratcheted up (some on account of the national election, some on account of some things happening in my state).
At first, I didn’t want to read much. I spent a lot of time writing (go me!) because I wanted to escape and enjoy myself and not end up drowning in worry. I kept trying to read some things, but I couldn’t seem to get engaged with anything. I tried mysteries, fantasy, romance, paranormal, non-fiction, and so on.
I wrote and wrote. I started re-learning piano again. I started looking at seed catalogs and I cleaned (but only a little–didn’t want to go overboard). Oh, and I baked bread. Recently I picked up a book again and I read a short distance into it and had to stop. My worry for the main character made it too difficult to keep reading at that time. I’ve become horrifically thin skinned on that topic. At least for now.
It made me wonder what people right now are reading for their joy/pleasure/escape? Is it the same as you always read? Or have you switched? Or maybe you’re going back to trusted and true favorites? Or picked up stuff you never thought you’d read?