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14th July 2017

The last time the fam and I went to NY, Isla turned six months old on the trip.  One of my ‘things’ has been to push for plan another trip before she goes to ‘big school’ in August.


Already discussing all the books she wants to buy on THE TRIP.

Well.  We tried to get the two weeks before school starts, but that didn’t happen.  And so.  Missing her first week of big school to hang out with her Nana and ‘Mumma’s people’ who don’t actually live on the phone and the computer.  Who knew?

My factor-50 husband will probably melt in the heat but I don’t care.  We are all very excited.

The thing is this.  I love New York.  And I’m quite fond of all the people who knew me before I was 12.  And people I met in my 20s who might as well have.

It’s gonna be weird for me to do summer on Long Island stuff with Isla.

This time my Mom is the Nana, Isla’s the kid, and my grandparents aren’t there.  I’ll try not to cry, but I can’t promise anything.

So, in the next few weeks, the blog will be trip plans.  And stuff.

Already planning my plane reading, too.  And that’s where you guys come in.  This week’s 3 Books, 3 Blogs is where you recommend stuff to me!

What should I read on the plane?

And who else do you know who blogs about trying to live in two places at once?  Or something.

Next week, I’ll return the favor.





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  • Reply SickChristine 14th July 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I just had a book pop up in my Facebook memories today. Have you read The Goldfinch by, Donna Tartt? That one blew me away.

    • Reply Lorna 14th July 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Started it last year. Don’t want it to end so haven’t finished it!

  • Reply Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) 14th July 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Here goes with 3 books – all very different – Mussolinis Island by Sarah Day, The One by John Marrs and Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. Read them all in the last year and enjoyed them! 3 blogs – I have so many favourites……try The Diary of a Muslim Girl, Chris The Story Reading Ape and A Life Well Red.
    Have a fab trip xxx

  • Reply Kristi 14th July 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Do you like David Mitchell, and, if so, have you read The Bone Clocks? I’d recommend that one. Also, YOU ARE GOING TO GET TO EAT REAL BAGELS!!!!! *Sighs with envy*. If you haven’t discovered her yet, I love Lauren Beukes.

    • Reply Lorna 14th July 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Do you want me to bring you back some bagels?

      • Reply Kristi 14th July 2017 at 10:03 pm

        Is that possible? And is there something you’d like me to get you from Edinburgh in exchange?

        • Reply Lorna 15th July 2017 at 11:11 am

          I was kinda joking. We’ll be there for 2 weeks. Anything else you want/need?

          • Kristi 16th July 2017 at 2:00 pm

            Naah. Bringing back bagels is difficult. It makes your entire luggage smell like garlic and onions. You will have to eat all the bagels so i can live vicariously through you.

  • Reply Beth 14th July 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Ollie turned six months old on his first trip too. Kind of crazy! Umm books. I’ll try to think of some. I’m not 100% awake yet, I’ll raid my Goodreads and shoot you some suggestions. 🙂

  • Reply Jackie Cangro 14th July 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Yay! Would be lovely to see you if you have time. Otherwise get your fill of bagels and indie bookstores. 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 14th July 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Always time for you!

  • Reply Ritu 15th July 2017 at 11:10 am

    Ok.my brain is mush at the moment… so tired! So I can’t even think straight! But I’ll wish you a wonderful trip!

  • Reply globalhousesitterX2 15th July 2017 at 11:43 am

    Look forward to your trip posts about New York. The planning I think is just about as much fun as the trip itself! Have fun.

    • Reply Lorna 15th July 2017 at 3:02 pm

      I hate the scheduling part, but the seeing people is groovy!

  • Reply Thewanderingdarlings 15th July 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Sounds like it will be a great trip
    And it’s so great that Isla will get to experience your other life. I’m with you in the trying to live in two places. As hard as it is we get to homes so we are pretty dam lucky xx

  • Reply A Girl and Her Passport 15th July 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Currently reading Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach and it’s great! I also loved the Girl in Cabin 10. Have a great trip!

    • Reply Lorna 15th July 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you! Reading Dead Letters just now!

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now 15th July 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I am so jealous as love NYC. I often use Trip Advisor when I travel for ideas and things to see. No books to recommend but enjoying a few podcast Strangers for one.

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now 15th July 2017 at 2:35 pm

    OOPS pressed return and realized mistake Stranglers not Strangers. About Boston Strangler in the 1960s.

    • Reply Lorna 15th July 2017 at 3:13 pm

      I love a good true-crime podcast. Thank you!

  • Reply anhistorianabouttown 15th July 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple!! Such a fantastic piece of fiction 😀 Also, the Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon is short but packs a punch (much like RBG)! Have a wonderful trip and share pictures when you are back!!

    • Reply Lorna 15th July 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Already read Bernadette! And I’ve had my eye one RBG, so thanks for the reminder. PS. I should only share pictures?! Didn’t think I was that bad. 😉

      • Reply anhistorianabouttown 15th July 2017 at 3:20 pm

        Haha, I meant in our IG pod!! And if you’ve read Bernadette, I’d recommend the Crazy Rich Asian series by Kevin Kwan- it’s my go-to, fun summer read series!!

  • Reply angelanoelauthor 15th July 2017 at 4:14 pm

    How about a brand new title? Ashley Shelby wrote SOUTH POLE STATION about a bunch of kinda cooky people who live and work in the South Pole. Ashley’s a friend/mentor of mine and she’s funny and well-read. I’m looking forward to reading more of it and thought you might like it, too!

    • Reply Lorna 19th July 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Don’t think it’s out here yet, but I’ll order it. Thank you, sounds like my kinda thing.

      • Reply angelanoelauthor 19th July 2017 at 11:39 pm


  • Reply Lisa Orchard 15th July 2017 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve got a couple book recommendations. If you like WWII stories, you’ve got to read “All the Light We Cannot See.” It was awesome! If you like thrillers, try “The Luckiest Girl Alive.” It was very good!

    • Reply Lorna 15th July 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Reading All The Light for Hayley’s book Club and I could not get into Luckiest Girl.

  • Reply Gabe Burkhardt 15th July 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Don’t know if you’ve read “the Sellout” yet. But it’s gritty, hilarious, but powerful social commentary. (and has received Mann Booker award and scads of others)

    • Reply Lorna 16th July 2017 at 10:01 am

      Bought the book and got the Audible on credit. Waiting to listen when Isla’s not around!

  • Reply twoladiesandababyuk 17th July 2017 at 2:01 am

    ??? is this what I have to come ??

    • Reply Lorna 19th July 2017 at 10:02 pm

      A trip? Where you off to? Good luck and have fun! x

  • Reply Rowena 17th July 2017 at 6:13 am

    Have you read “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zuzack, Graeme Simsion: “The Rosie Project” and “The Rosie Process”. They’re hilarious. Might get in trouble for laughing on the plane. Otherwise, I’m doing a better of buying books, rather than reading them this year.
    xx Rowena

    • Reply Lorna 19th July 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Read them all, loved them all! But thanks for the idea. <3

      • Reply Rowena 20th July 2017 at 5:05 am

        Obviously, we’re on the same page. You’re got great taste in books! xx Rowena

        • Reply Lorna 20th July 2017 at 2:07 pm

          Have you read the Edward books by Craig Lancaster? Very like the Rosie books. And there’s three of them.

          • Rowena 21st July 2017 at 3:54 am

            No, I haven’t and thanks for the tip. I’ll go and find them. I have an interesting cousin called Edward so it will really bring these books to life. He was born with an extra chromosome but has married and has kids to his credit. It hasnb’t been an easy road for him.

  • Reply lizrreynolds 18th July 2017 at 2:00 pm

    One day I will visit NY, sit at a cafe and write like I am Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 19th July 2017 at 9:53 pm

      I’ve done it, I liked it, would do again. Hi Liz!

      • Reply lizrreynolds 27th July 2017 at 2:07 pm

        Hey! Hi Lorna! Lovely connecting with you

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