I’ve always been an avid reader, but this passion became even more important during our time of severe lockdown in Rome.

During that time, we were expected to mostly stay in our home, with rare excursions out, and no more than 200 meters from your residence.

I was teleworking, and Rome was experiencing a perfect spring, not the ideal time to be closed 24/7 at home.

During this time, I would take a short reading break at lunchtime. I would take a novel up to my condominium terrace and just sit there and read for 30 or 40 minutes each day.

I stuck to this schedule religiously, and always enjoyed this break to my day – reading novels I enjoyed, breathing in the fresh air (we went from city to country quality air in a heartbeat) and feeling the warm spring sun on my face.

Because I can see many of the famous Roman monuments from that terrace perch, it also gave me the chance to see that all was well in my city, and that the beauty of Rome would be available to us once we could get out and about.

Lockdown reading was a needed daily dose of normalcy in what were otherwise strange times.

How about you, readers? Did you have your own reading rituals during your enforced isolation?