Since last Tuesday night, our internet has been down. Apparently when the City was clearing out the brush and debris in the alley where our DSL line starts, they cut our line twice. Which is odd because the internets were working fine until after we had a massive rainstorm come through. Our first call to AT&T led to a new DSL modem being sent to us…which didn’t solve the problem. And then we decided to upgrade to Uverse from AT&T because we didn’t have pay for the modem or installation and promotional prices for the next year mean that our bill is lower than it would have been with the DSL modem.
Finally this afternoon we got back online, although this is the first time I’m actually online.
A week’s worth of time essentially away from the internets means that I didn’t do any posting here. Or emailing. or much of anything really. Which is perfectly OK because I got other things done (more of that later in the week) and we had a bit of a holiday with Sweet Husband’s mother. I hadn’t planned to take a break from blogging because I have the WordPress app on my phone, but when it came right down to it, I really didn’t want to waste my time on my phone when there were things like New Orleans waiting for me. So, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw some of the fun because while I wasn’t really anywhere else online, I was there.
Do you read on holiday? If you do, what do you choose? Do you have a genre you prefer for those long, relaxed poolside word-marathons you don’t get chance for at home? Do you read about the places you visit? Perhaps you take a large and tricky tome, knowing it’s the best chance you’ll get this year to finish it! And do you remember the books you have read on holiday? Is there something your holiday reads say about you?
I don’t read as much as I used to, but I do love to read. Particularly in the summer on the beach. There’s just something about it. Give me a few hours on a beach with my Nook, and I can just about guarantee that I’m going to finish a book…if I’m left alone to do so 😉 For some reason people like to talk when you’re chillin’ on the beach. Sweet Husband recognizes what a joy reading is and most often leaves me alone.
I specifically asked Sweet Husband for the most basic of e-readers – black and white and no ability to get online to “play” – just to download books. He came through for me, and when we head to the beach on either a random Saturday or a weekend vacation, the Nook goes with me. Last Thursday when sitting on the beach at Perdido Key, I continued to make headway with The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood. I randomly picked the book because it was the start of baseball season, and I love baseball.
About 10 years ago, I made the switch to reading predominately non-fiction. There’s just something about finding out the real story – whether it is good or bad. I enjoy a good novel, but non-fiction is really my bag. The Last Boy is filled with excellent story-telling, as compelling as any fiction…and it’s true.
If we make it to the beach this weekend or if we’re lounging poolside at SH’s parents’, I should finish The Last Boy. There are a ton of other books already loaded on to the Nook. But there is a novel that I’ve been waiting to read. I think I might need to either set up to check out e-books from the library or just bite the bullet and buy the book I want to read.
What about you? What do you like to read when you’re big chillin’ on vacation? (I have no idea why I’ve slipped into high school slang. I’m tired. Or something like that)