Getting back in the groove?

It’s been just over a week since I’ve last posted, and then I felt like I was stuck in a reading rut. What a different a week and half can make! For over a week now I’ve been reading every day. Sometimes it’s just a couple of pages, but I find I’m reading more often and more pages.

Last week I hit a bit of a snag. My Kobo Clara HD kept losing it’s charge suddenly. I thought it was because of the cold. My bedroom doesn’t have central heating and when temperatures drop to -16C at night it can get cold. My iPad also lost it’s charge quicker in the cold, but recovered when temperatures rose. My Kobo has been doing okay this week, but while it had a charge of over 90% last night it had lost it’s charge mid-morning today. I charged it for a couple of hours to around 75% and started reading again. With an hour and half to two hours I got a battery empty warning again.

I’ve now loaded the books I had on my Kobo onto my old Kindle Paperwhite, which I charged last week, just in case. It might be an update or bad book that borked my Kobo, but I couldn’t find the energy to figure it out right now. I’ll take a look at it next week. Maybe.

All differences and preferences set aside; changing devices makes it feel like I have a new toy to play with. Even if I’ve had my Kindle Paperwhite for years. It’s the first version that was waterproof. Which is why I’m not sure when I can get myself to see if the Kobo’s battery is really bad or not.

I’m glad I seem to be getting back into reading. I think it’s partially due to the fact that the store’s is open again, kind of. We are now allowed to have customers pick up orders they placed at least 4 hours before they pick it up. But it does mean we’re open regular hours again. We’ve got 10 to 15 customers a day, and make about a tenth of what we normal make. But at least we feel like you’re doing semi useful things again and you have contact with your customers. The last couple of weeks of the forced lockdown closure were hard. Each day it was harder to motivate yourself to go downstairs for a couple of hours to do things. But now we have somewhat of a normal schedule again. And it’s easier to find time to read, even when I have less free time now.

Earlier this week I read the fourth book in the Hillary Greene series, but Faith Martin. I really enjoyed it. It’s a British procedural, set in the villages of Oxfordshire. It’s not a cozy, but it isn’t a thriller either. It falls somewhere between Midsommer Murders and Inspector Morse, IMHO. They are easy to read and I like the flawed main character.

Right now I’m reading the second book in Douglas Preston’s Wyman Ford series. I’m about 30% in and I am enjoying it. Another adventure thriller that reads easy and quick.

I’m not sure what to read next. At the moment I’m still choosing books that catch my fancy by reading the synopsis or because I’m in the mood for a certain genre. I still seem to be avoiding long books. I think I might read a horror story next. I try to mix up genres at the moment, as not to burn out on reading books in the same genre over and over again. That seems to be working for me at the moment.

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