Return to Normalcy

Posted 9 August, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 19 Comments


Sunday Bookish Funday

Hi!!! While I’ve been at home from our roadtrip for a week, I’m still feeling a bit unsettled. My computer crashed yesterday when I started going through the 700+ pictures from New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. So now I’m typing this on a new Mac which feels completely foreign from my PC (also, happy birthday to me). But slowly and surely I’ll dig my way out and find a bit of normalcy…that’s how life works, right?

Yesterday while I was catching up on magazine reading I discovered that today is National Book Lover’s Day. That’s basically every day for me (and I’m guessing you), but I thought I’d make mention of it. Hope you’re reading something you’re loving!

Book Lover's Day

That’s really it for now–it’ll be 105 by the day’s end and I’m feeling a little brain fried as well. Here’s to hoping that this week will be a big return to normal.

Until then, I just wanted to say hi!



On Instagram, someone asked me how I find time to read on trips. That’s probably the one benefit of having napping kids–I make it my excuse to lie down with them and read while they sleep (Evie refused the pack n play the first night which meant she really did need someone to lie down with her). Otherwise, our days are go go go! I did, however, manage to get a bit of reading done on our trip!

Books Recently Finished: I finished Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #4). I listened to almost half of it before the trip and finished the rest on the trip. Also on the trip we listened to Armada by Ernest Cline. I was completely underwhelmed but Scott enjoyed it. Since coming home I finished In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuels. This was a gift from Lisa and a foray into romance that I don’t normally take, but I enjoyed the read.

New Books in the House: I did get a copy of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, but I’m not in a hurry to read it. Since we left for our trip shortly after the release, I missed all of the hoopla in the following weeks. What I have heard, though, hasn’t been good. Unfortunate. I’ve also been using up my Audible credits for the Outlander books as I’m thinking of cancelling my membership for something like Scribd. Haven’t decided yet, though.

New Books on my E-Reader: I picked up Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Bedani. My sister read it last month and recommended it (plus it’s on sale). I also got a copy of Sense & Sensibility since I picked my paper copy off the shelf and determined that the print was too small.

Books on the Nightstand: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen! It’s been almost two years since I’ve read something published before 1900–shameful!! It’s high time I add some classics back into the rotation. I’m not very far into the book yet, but I am enjoying it. On audio I’m listening to A Gift Upon the Shore by Mk Wren.

I’d love to hear about what you’re reading!

Happy Sunday!!


19 Responses to “Return to Normalcy”

  1. I’m continuing to read a crime fiction series about a former Sudanese police inspector who now is a private investigator in Cairo. It’s been good so far. The author’s name is Parker Bilal; the series is called the Makana investigations.

    Aside, sort of: Will you ever return to normal? Were you ever normal to begin with? ;)

  2. Our mini heat wave is over (I had to put on a sweatshirt this morning!) and I’m glad for that! I’m reading two chunksters right now — A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi. Completely different writing styles, so I don’t get mixed up! Also listening to a chunkster — It by Stephen King. (Finally!) Glad you checked in on the blog, and glad you had a great road trip with reading included!

  3. We are in the midst of a heat wave as well. Miserable. I’m about to decide not to read Go Set a Watchman, but have read some fascinating reviews that have given me a lot to think about. I’ve just started The Last Pier by Roma Tearne–beautiful prose.

  4. I’m not sure if we’re at 105 but we’re so freaking hot I feel like my brain is scrambling! I’m thinking I’m going to try Go Set a Watchman in audio. Apparently Reese Witherspoon does the narrating so I figure it’s worth a try. I never end up reading very much on vacation – unless I end up only bring 1 book and then I finish it day 2 and have nothing to read for the rest of the trip! Have a great week!

  5. We’ve had a perfect summer, but my garden looks like something the cat spit up, so reading has been just fleeting moments, however, I just started ICe Queen, and finished Peace, Locomotion, last week. Peace was a short read. Happy “back to normal” time.

  6. Happy birthday to you indeed! I switched over from a PC to a MAC about 4 years ago and have LOVED the change! It definitely takes some getting used to (Command instead of Control!!), but overall it’s a much better experience as long as you don’t use advanced Excel keystrokes (which I used to rely on and don’t work on MAC Excel).

  7. I am in awe of the fact that you have a concept of “normal.” I’m still working on that. Happy belated birthday, Trish!

  8. This summer has been such a bust — either rain, rain, rain or hot, hot, hot. BUT this weekend was absolutely lovely and perfect. So at least I got a little bit of perfect summer weather.

    Hope your transition to the Mac goes smoothly. I need a PC for my work, so no Macs in my future.

  9. Yep. 103 high here every day this week. I’m not happy.

    I hope you enjoy the Mac! I’ve used only Macs for years and love them – desktop at work; desktop and laptop at home. And happy birthday to you! (Even though it sucks having to replace something…)

    I read a thriller last night that essentially turned out to be torture porn, and I was pissed. I hate that kind of thing! So I’m not sure what I’ll read next. I need something tame.

  10. What’s normal? I think normal is a relative term. My normal would make others insane, and vice versa!

    Enjoy your Mac! I seriously love mine and am an unabashed Apple product lover. If you have any questions, just let me know!

  11. Wee, so glad you’ve joined in for #AustenInAugust!

    I tweeted yesterday that I was surrounded by good books and that it made my heart happy without even knowing it was National Book Lover’s Day! Happy coincidences. :)

    Hope you get back to whatever “normal” is soon! ;)

    • OH, and I picked up all seven of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books for something like two dollars on Amazon the other day. All seven thousand pages are chilling on my e-reader, perhaps never to be read. We shall see!

  12. I am hoping to find a new form of normal soon. It is just taking me a bit to get to that point sadly. I have been getting into reading a bit, though. I read Dorthy Must Die over the weekend. :)

  13. I’ve never read Sense & Sensibility, but it is on my list! I might have to find an ecopy since it’s so much easier to read on my Kindle right now than physical books. And don’t worry, you’re not alone with Armada … I loved Ready Player One but found this one to be not as spectacular and kind of cliche. The narration was good, though! And yay for finishing the 4th Outlander book! I just finished the 5th one this year … it’s always so daunting diving into these ones … lol.