Perhaps one of the benefits of having a break in our routine is the fact that it can give us the time and energy to return to projects that we’ve been putting off for a while. While a lot of people have been taking online courses or engaging in new hobbies over the last twelve months, we think that one of the most encouraging developments of 2020 onwards is that people seem to be reading so much more now.
There’s something about the escapism of reading that is always energising. Whether you like books to transport you away to magical worlds or to times of historical intrigue, nothing breaks the routine better than spiriting you away from your immediate environment and planting you somewhere different. Reading novels can give us an amazing insight into other people’s lives and situations and can really make us see the world differently in one way or another. Alternatively, they can touch upon universal topics but in ways that we had not necessarily thought of before.
But it’s not only novels that can offer us an alternative perspective. We can learn so much from reading non-fiction, whether this is in the form of autobiography, memoir, true crime, travelogues, or current affairs. At a time when our external world can often seem somewhat smaller, there’s never been a better time to expand our internal world and to open our minds to new arguments and ideas.
Translators are by nature both readers and writers, so we’d love to hear what books you’ve been reading lately (both fiction and non-fiction). Or, if you haven’t been reading for a while, let us know if there’s a particular book that made an impact on you at any point in your life.
Leave your comments below, and share your literary habits with the world!