It seemed that I would have more time to read during the isolation of COVID-19. But life got full of online work and the start of a daily broadcast on Facebook. My routines completely flipped upside down.

I did read or listen to some books.

Here’s the list.

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath

I pre-ordered this book, and it arrived a week before shelter-at-home orders took place. It looks at a single issue, which I found related directly to the COVID-19 situation. How do you solve a problem that has not shown up yet? I found the book fascinating and wrote a review of the book.

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. (Audiobook)

Larson is one of my favorite authors. In the book, he tackled one of my favorite subjects. The book takes the first year of Winston Churchill’s tenure as prime minister. It covers the difficulties of Dunkirk and the growing storm that resulted in the Battle of Britain. I am fascinated by the language Larson employs to bring ink spots on a page to vivid images.

Grit and Grace by Tim McGraw (audiobook)

With COVID-19, I needed a healthy dose of encouragement to keep my physical fitness up. McGraw describes the process he uses to stay in top form to do what he does on-stage. I found his exhortations and advice helpful, especially when I am unable to go to the gym.

Human Touch by Mitch Albom

This book was an Audible original. Mitch Albom released a serialized fictional account of how COVID-19 affected people. It is set in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, which has suffered much from the virus. It portrays four families who live on opposite corners of a four-way stop. In it, you find yourself angry at the bigotry of some, the fear of the disease, and the “human touch” that it takes to deal with something like this pandemic. I was enthralled through all the installments.