Because sometimes I'm not in the mood for doom and gloom.
This is a helpful list. I live in New York and the opening scene in “Standard Deviation” of a crowded Fairway Market brings back a pre-Covid world. It was exciting and stressful to negotiate a crowded, deliberately byzantine supermarket famed for its irrational layout—spotting friends, acquaintances, enemies and celebrities as well as great bargains on cheeses and olive oils, fruits and vegetables.
I recommend “Morningside Heights” by Joshua Henkin another New York novel. (Named for the New York neighborhood of Columbia University, my alma mater. Take a look on Google: it is a beautiful campus.)
My top tip for reading more is to carry a book everywhere, as you would a reusable water people. That way, whenever you have a few minutes to spare (standing in queues etc.) you can reach for it rather than your phone. A few pages here and there add up delightfully quickly.