Reading on the train

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and yesterday was no different. I decide that to make my life easier, I’d take the train to a meeting in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, a winter storm made east coast travel difficult so I spent the afternoon waiting in line but ultimately got on the coveted train. It was crowded but I found an open seat, right next to a person who was reading a very big book. It was a pleasant ride to Philadelphia, snow and all.

Defying all logic, I decided to see if I could hop an early train home instead of spending the night, as a rational person would. Obviously, I enjoy unpleasant travel situations. Once more, I found a seat next to a reader. He was reading on a tablet, but hey, he was reading.

You may notice a pattern — yes, I actively search for people reading when looking for a seat on the train. I find they make better company. No offense to anyone but I’m not one for small talk in tight spaces.

On the final leg of the trip from Baltimore to DC, the conductor in my car smiled at me and said, “You see a lot of people reading, but not real books anymore. It’s all those fancy ebooks now.”

I smiled back and said, “I have a soft spot for the paper kind.”

“Nothing beats the feel of a real book in your hands,” she said.

We nodded and smiled. She was so right.

My book of choice was Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. I’m enjoying it. It’s very different from The Thirteenth Tale, which I loved, but I’m remembering what a great storyteller she is with this one.

I’m also slowly making my way through Doctor Who: The Essential Guide which was a great birthday gift.

Now that my class is over, I’m planning to start dwindling the TBR and writing some reviews. Yes, I have lots to write about.

The Sunday Salon: Snowed In

For once, the weather forecast was right. We got snow! About 16 inches which is a lot for Washington, DC.

One good thing — lots of reading. Well, actually, that would be a good thing if I did that but instead we spent most of it outside. I plan to bake some cookies and wrap gifts later today (just call me Martha) so probably not much reading today either.

I was hoping to finish two books this week but parties, shopping, and the snow sort of took over. I’m still trying to decide if I want to finish Powers by John B. Olson. I have about 100 pages to go but it lost my attention around page 99. I put it to the side and picked up Into the Path of Gods by Kathleen Cunningham Guler. It’s fine but not moving too fast for me. I was excited to read both of these — I won both on Librarything; one is an early reviewers copy and the other is a member giveaway. I put off reading them a bit but thought I’d finish them up before the end of the year. I guess it remains to be seen whether or not I actually do that. With the holiday later in the week, a long car trip, and lots of family and friends to visit, it will most likely be a hectic week with minimal reading.

Since I don’t have much to report on the reading front. I thought I’d share a few snow pictures instead. Enjoy your Sunday.