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'I seem to have got my reading mojo back this week. No stopping me': Focus during lockdown

During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Book Trust set out to discover what impact the lockdown was having on readers in Scotland.

Last updated: 06 June 2022

We recruited a panel of people living in Scotland to complete regular surveys about their experiences of reading between March and August 2020. The full report, Reading in Scotland: Reading over lockdown(this link will open in a new window) is available to read now.

Given the huge upheaval of the pandemic and lockdown, many panellists were struggling to focus on reading, especially during the early weeks of the study:

Many panellists found this frustrating and distressing, especially if reading was something that ordinarily supports their wellbeing or helps them relax:

However, over the course of the study many found new formats, genres or habits that helped them find ways back into reading. If you're finding it difficult to focus or reading isn't helping you to relax in the way it normally does, here are a few ideas that may help:

Each week our panel shared reading tips for us to pass on to the other panel members. We received a huge number of tips urging others to be gentle and not expect too much of themselves during a difficult time:

Read more about the rights of the reader in lockdown – to reread, to skip and much more.