I rented a car for this trip because my car has recently become unreliable. We’re looking to eventually replace my car with a small SUV. On vacation earlier this year we rented a Jeep Patriot. It was nice to have such an extended test drive, so for this trip I rented a Fiat 500x. It was comfortable and handled well, but there was one tiny problem.
|Fiat 500x claims up to 34 mpg highway, but during my trip it never went over 27 mpg.|
The drive started with bookish podcasts. Books on the Nightstand, The Readers, Literary Disco. It was smooth sailing through CT, NY, NJ. After I ran out of new podcast episodes, it was time to crack open an audiobook. I had the disc in hand, looked at the dashboard, and it was then that I realized there was no CD player. Whaaa? Doh! Technology.
My car is a 2004 VW with a cassette deck and a CD player. I know cassette players are a thing of the past, but I thought CD players were still standard. Apparently not. Hello smart phone revolution. Anyway, I gazed at the dashboard for a few seconds, rather at a loss, before laughing about the situation. So much for the audiobook plans.
|No CD player here, grandma!|
I listened to some music. Turning on the radio in NJ meant lots of Billy Joel and similar. When I got to the hotel that evening I revived my Audible account, but never got around to downloading a book for the next leg of the journey. I like podcasts and some radio, but I also like quiet, too. But, man, I wanted to listen to The Girl on the Train!
|Oath of Office, or swearing in, ceremony. Good luck, class of 2020!|
Next I headed about 50 minutes down the road to DC to meet up with book blogger friend Thomas of Hogglestock. It was great to see him again and meet John and Lucy. If you read Thomas’s blog you know he’s been doing a shelf-by-shelf series about the books in his library, so it was neat to see his collection in person.
Anyway, the books Thomas gave me are:
|The duck is from Politics & Prose…Thomas bought it for me…should I name it Thomas?|
- Shadow of a Man by Mary Sarton
- Spiderweb by Penelope Lively
- The Sure Thing by Merle Miller
- Hotel De Dream by Edmund White — top two recommended by Thomas.
- Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen — for The Readers summer readalong.
- Women Crime Writers, The 1940s by Sarah Weinman — have had my eye on this two book collection from The Library of America since before it came out last year.
- Women Crime Writers, The 1950s by Sarah Weinman
- A Small Circus by Hans Fallada — have wanted to read more Fallada since reading Everyman Dies Alone in 2010.
- Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser — for the Australian Woman Writers Challenge
My drive from DC back to CT on that Friday before the 4th of July actually wasn’t that bad. I took a route through rural Pennsylvania that Thomas recommended and enjoyed the countryside. Some torrential downpours in NY slowed me down, but the drive took about nine hours. I had feared it would be more.
I did read The Girl on the Train over Independence Day weekend and loved it! Looking forward to the movie, which comes out in October.