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Back from holiday!

Hello everyone! I’m back from my holiday and normal blogging will resume soon. I’ve read nine books and I’m on a good way to complete my 20 Books Of Summer Challenge!  Now, I’ve a lot of billets to write to catch up as soon as I can.

Before diving back into the billet pool, some news about my time abroad. I’ve been to places I’m used to reading about in books, like Washington DC, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachians, North and South Carolina as well as Virginia.

So, you won’t be surprised to read billets about Shiner by Amy Jo Burns, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead or The Cut by George Pelecanos. I’m currently reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and still have When the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren and Serena by Ron Rash on the shelf. More Southern books to come!

We’ve been “colleging”, a new word I learnt when we moved our daughter into her apartment at USC. It was “move in” weekend and it was a bit surreal to do that in another country, so far away from home and yet be part of this collective move-in day.

We left a family member behind until Christmas. Well, here are book-friendly places at USC.

Until I have the energy to write proper billets about books, some photos about bookish stuff that came my way during this trip. I’ll do a Literary Escapade about the Library of Congress where I spent a lot of time staring at the ceiling and reading authors names and mottos about reading and books.

Otherwise, here are too Little Free Library boxes, including one in Halifax, North Carolina, a town officially on The Underground Railroad and proudly displaying two books by Colson Whitehead.

Of course visited bookstores and came come with three books, The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly, bought at Kramer’s, Justice by Larry Watson, discovered in a used bookstore and Jim Hanvey, Detective by Octavius Roy Cohen because I had to have a book in a Library of Congress edition.

We visited historic houses and two of them had home libraries.

And last, but not least, the fly-fishing running gag of Book Around the Corner.

Frequent visitors know that I have a knack for reading books that talk about fly-fishing even if I’ve never held a fishing pole in my life. I know an abnormal number of words about fly-fishing and Oliver Gallmeister should take full responsibility for this.

I’m thinking about books by Keith McCafferty, John Gierach or William G Tapply and other books published by Gallmeister. Now I’ve been to a sporting goods store and the area about fishing was huge. I got to see flies in real life.

And, surprise, there’s a fly-fishing museum!! We didn’t visit it, I’m not that interested in fly-fishing.

I hope you enjoyed these little snippets of my trip and that will be all for the pictures. I’ll be back soon with proper billets about books.

  1. August 23, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    A great post and amazing photos! I would love to go to Washington DC and explore North and South Carolina, too. These little free libraries are so cute.


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Diana. It was a great trip, a good mix of museums, city life, history and hiking in the woods.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. August 23, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Welcome home and thank you for sharing the bookish photos!


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks and you’re welcome. I can’t help taking them, so I might as well share them!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. August 24, 2022 at 3:51 am

    Welcome back! I’ve been reading a Wyoming adventure – One Step too Far by Lisa Gardner. A very dark story about a killer in the wilderness. I thought The Invention of Wings was an amazing story, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      How did you like Lisa Gardner? I read one of her books and thought it was ok but not that great. Did she manage to pass on a feel of the place? If you’re interested in chases in the Wyoming wilderness, Craig Johnson is your man.

      I’m enjoying the invention of wings. I think it’s based on a true story but I refrain checking out until I’ve finished the book. (I’m quite sure I’ve seen a picture of Hettie in one of the mansions we visited)


      • August 27, 2022 at 2:26 am

        I didn’t hate the Lisa Gardner, though it had too much action/suspense for my taste. I thought the non-romantic woman protagonist was well done, but found the wilderness a bit generic – it didn’t have to be Wyoming, could have been anywhere.


        • August 27, 2022 at 7:48 am

          That’s the answer I expected. She and Jane Harper are the same kind of writers.


  4. August 24, 2022 at 10:23 am

    That is so funny with your fly-fishing… Sounds like a great trip – and hope your daughter continues to have a great time at USC!


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:28 pm

      I’m not even looking for these fly-fishing things!

      Colleging episode 2 this weekend: Son is leaving too.


  5. August 24, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Gosh what a trip, and thank you for sharing your pictures! It must feel quite odd with your daughter so far away, but what a wonderful experience for her to have! And in a very bookish looking place… 😉


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:30 pm

      It was a great trip and as for our daughter, well, it’s not the first time she leaves for a semester.
      The library is amazing, it’s one of the first pictures of campus she sent back in January. She knew it’d make me salivate.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. August 24, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    What outstanding American cultural research.

    I’ve not been to the Library of Congress. I should go!


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:30 pm

      Definitely. Molière is on the ceiling, so I’m happy. 🙂


  7. Vishy
    August 25, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Loved your post, Emma! Glad you had a wonderful time! Loved all the pictures! Welcome back 😊


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Vishy! I’ve been very close to Ron Rash’s town!


      • Vishy
        August 27, 2022 at 10:07 am

        So wonderful to know that, Emma 😊 It is so cool that you were able to see the places similar to ones described in his books! Looking forward to your more detailed impressions 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  8. August 25, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Welcome back, Emma! Sounds like a wonderful trip, although I guess it was tough to say goodbye to your daughter for a few months. Hope she enjoys the college experience!


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Andrew!
      College in the US is a great experience for her, the campus is gorgeous and she gets to experience other teaching methods.


  9. August 25, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    What a wonderful sounding holiday – it’s many years since I last went to washington but I remember summers there being incredibly humid


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      It was 100°F in Washington (38°C) not so humid but it was hard to walk a lot in the sun. To be honest, it was as hot as that at home too, so…


  10. August 26, 2022 at 11:32 am

    I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed you didn’t visit the fly-fishing museum. Nonetheless I’m glad you had such a good holiday.


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:38 pm

      -:) I think I could have understood the explanations about fly-fishing and trout in English. I’m not sure the rest of the family was on board with visiting such a museum, though.
      I hope you had a great summer too.


  11. August 26, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    What a long way to travel for college, but what great opportunities for adventure. And fly-fishing! Looking forward to hearing about your reading too.


    • August 26, 2022 at 9:40 pm

      This exchange program is a great opportunity, we are truly happy for her.

      Yes, I keep coming across fly-fishing stuff!

      News about my reading as soon as colleging episode 2 is over. (Son is leaving home too)


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