As with anything else, part of what's helped me cope with the roller coaster of 2020 has been reading. And taking a closer look, the titles I chose during the peak of quarantine fell into three distinct categories: Quarantine, Comfort Reads, and Challengers, each helping me understand or explore my feelings in a different way.
First up, Quarantine themed reads.
Back when the idea of staying at home for weeks at a time seemed more like a lark, or a fun escape from the pace of everyday life, I (somewhat) ironically picked up a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "What could be better to read," I thought, "than a book that takes place during a pandemic?"
Though cholera is present in the book, the real focus is on the decades-long, unrequited love affair bet…