My attempts at staying in touch while on the road, although well intentioned, obviously became a bit more impractical as one day rolled into the next or should I say one mile rolled into the next and Internet access, aka Panera Bread, became harder to find.  Now with 6500 miles behind me, I can honestly admit that I’m tired!  That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy myself — because I did.  The best part, as always, is meeting other readers who love books as much as I do.  

Near the end of my trip I landed in Lititz, Pennsylvania, a small, picturesque town in Central PA.  I had a yummy dinner with the owner of Aaron’s Books (and the wonderful mother of sweet little Aaron himself) and then a post-reading visit with the BOOKING MAMA and her very own mama!

And then my own 80-year-old mother surprised me and drove down from New Jersey to spend the night with me in Lititz.  She was getting worried about her little girl (I love the fact that she still thinks of me as her little girl!) who had been on the road for weeks by this time.

So there we all were — a group of readers, mothers, friends — enjoying a cool summer night talking about our kids, our lives, and of course, our favorite books.  I think it was, quite truthfully, the perfect ending to a very long road trip.

Sam (left/owner) and Julie (Booking Mama) with me at Aaron's Books in Lititz, PA

Sam (left/owner) and Julie (Booking Mama) with me at Aaron's Books in Lititz, PA

P.S.  Heading back out next week.  Will be at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati on Thursday the 16th at 7 pm.

Posted July 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm · 2 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Leisa Hammett, July 9th, 2009, 10:46 am

    Susan, I've loved traveling with you via your updates and links, photos and clever videos. You've given me a reprieve and,often, encouragment, from my own book writing project this summer. Let's have lunch when summer ends and begins settling into fall. Hugs.
  2. Kathy, August 20th, 2009, 5:53 am

    I'm so glad Booking Mama got to meet you! Isn't she the best? She gave me a copy of your book and I loved it! I'm hoping to meet you at SIBA next month!

Leave a Comment

Susan Gregg Gilmore