Back from Holidays!

I’m back! And of course, feeling rather like I could use a little break. Isn’t it funny how that works?

I had a grand time in Nova Scotia, and it was fun blogging about it occasionally. Thank you to everyone for your comments – I can’t tell you how lovely it was to hear from each of you. It was almost like you came with me on holidays.

The air conditioning people have just left; our new air conditioning unit is now installed! Our old air conditioner died on us when we turned it on for the first time this year about a week before we left on holidays. We had to endure a bit of a heat wave during that week; it wasn’t very pleasant, so it’s so nice to know that we’re prepared again for whatever temperatures summer might bring us.

Traveling with Audiobooks

Audiobooks made our 19-hour drive back from Nova Scotia (spread over two days) a rather fun event. While we were away, my husband had picked up a small battery-operated iPod dock. So, while the kids were engrossed in their movies on their portable DVD players, we listened to Bill Bryson’s I’m a Stranger Here Myself (Notes from a Big Country) together.

We could only listen for a couple of hours at a time, though; my face would start to hurt some time around the two-hour mark, probably because of the giant grin I wore more or less the entire time. This is a very funny book, and a perfect choice for audio.

We also listened to several BBC Radio productions of Agatha Christie mysteries: Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile, Miss Marple in A Murder is Announced and then Poirot again in Five Little Pigs. These dramatizations are perfect for a road trip, as they are well acted mysteries each about two hours long.

I would have liked to listen to Janet Evanovich’s Finger Lickin’ Fifteen during the drive, but that had to be done through headphones (the language not being appropriate for certain little ears) and it was much more fun sharing the audio experience with my husband during the drive.

I did, however, start Finger Lickin’ Fifteen last night, and so far it’s off to a good start; I must admit, though, these days I enjoy the series only in audio. Lorelei King is a suberb narrator, and her reading of the Stephanie Plum series has made the more recent books fun for me again.

My husband enjoyed the audiobooks so much, he started listening to Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein at the hotel we stayed at part-way through our trip home. The audio version is read by Jeff Woodman, who is a very good narrator (he does such great voices, and even his female voices sound, well, like women).

This Week at Ms Bookish

I came home to a rather large stack of new books still patiently awaiting their Incoming! posts, plus some new additions, so I’ll be buckling down this week in an attempt to make a dent in the pile. I also have a few reviews to write (for example, I’ve finished all of Chris Grabenstein’s John Ceepak mysteries but haven’t written any reviews yet).

I’ll also be getting back on track with my daily writing goal of 2000 words. I didn’t write at all while I was away, despite early intentions to do so, but I’m itching to get started again.

And I’m looking forward to getting out and about in the book blog world again. I’ve missed reading everyone’s posts and the fun of commenting and Twitter!

13 thoughts on “Back from Holidays!

  1. Laura/BookingIt

    Sounds like a great trip (at least audiobookwise :-))!

    I enjoy the Janet Evanovich books in audio as well, although I did read this one on paper.

    Chris Grabenstein’s Ceepak mysteries are also great audiobooks. Your post just reminded my to check– there was a new one out at the end of last month. That will probably be next week’s listening!

    Welcome back!
    .-= Laura/BookingIt´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

  2. Joanne

    Oh those BBC recordings of Miss Marple are so great, I’ve never heard any Poirot before though I would like to.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip! Hope the Maritime weather was good for your stay. It’s been weird lately with all the rain, normally July is our sunny month. But I don’t think I could live anyplace else :)
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Classic Mystery Spotlight ? Georgette Heyer =-.

  3. Nicole

    Welcome back! I can;t wait to see all the books you have to show us from your piles. You “read” some great books along the way.

    I always come back from vacation needing a vacation. I have learned my lesson and try to build in a chill day or two back at home if possible before I get back to the grind.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, by Grace Lin =-.

  4. Rebecca

    Welcome back, Belle! I am glad you enjoyed your vacation! It is funny how sometimes you need a vacation when you return from your vacation! Our A/C broke this week and we just got it back up this afternoon. Last night we ate dinner outside among the mosquitos because it was cooler than it was inside!

    I am glad your husband has found a new joy for audiobooks. I am now a big fan myself. I would probably be even a bigger fan if I was more of an auditory learner. I do wish that all the publishers would make shorter tracks in case you miss something and have to go back. I had to re-listen to 8 minutes of one because I missed something near the end of the track because I was driving. I enjoy the ones by that have 3-minute tracks. I am glad that you had some good readers for them, too. Nothing worse than when a reader doesn’t even know what voice inflection is. Especially when they are the author.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Take a Chance with a Lit Riffs Challenge =-.


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