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The holidays are upon us, all the jingle belling and Ho-ho-ho-ing, gathering together with all the folks we love, soon to be in from out of town and staying here with me...

 

So of course, I would love to be reading about anywhere else but here.:D

 

I wonder if any of you would share with me what your favorite escapist reading is, especially if if involves travel, adventure, exploration, and isolation...:bigear:

 

Thanks!

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The holidays are upon us, all the jingle belling and Ho-ho-ho-ing, gathering together with all the folks we love, soon to be in from out of town and staying here with me...

 

So of course, I would love to be reading about anywhere else but here.:D

 

I wonder if any of you would share with me what your favorite escapist reading is, especially if if involves travel, adventure, exploration, and isolation...:bigear:

 

Thanks!

Winterdance, by Gary Paulsen

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I am currently reading Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before.

 

Other titles of his I've enjoyed are:

Baghdad Without a Map, and Other Misadventures in Arabia

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches From America's Unfinished Civil War

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

 

All combine history and travel. He meets the most interesting people! I'm learning a lot about European explorers and the people they encountered, as well as interesting modern people all over the world. Fun books.

 

For just fun/escapist books (well, you might learn about Egyptology), pretend you are in Egypt with Amelia Peabody! Start with The Crocodile on the Sand Bank.

 

Wendi

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I really enjoyed Alison Wearing's Honeymoon in Purdah. She traveled to Iran with her gay roommate posing as her husband. She has a quirky/funny writing style, but also deals with some serious topics.

 

I also liked Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. He climbed Mount Everest in 1995, when five of his fellow climbers were killed. Adventure and drama, no humor.

 

hth!

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If you are looking for a book that will make you ignore everyone around you (and all the housework you are supposed to be doing), then :iagree:

 

And you might as well get the sequel while you are at it, to save yourself a second trip to the library or bookstore.

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This is one I really enjoyed (Queen of the Road) - even though our likes and travel desires are almost 100% different than the author (& more like her hubby):

 

http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Road-States-Poodle-Husband/dp/0767928539

 

Also, I really enjoyed Peter Jenkin's book, Looking for Alaska:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Alaska-Peter-Jenkins/dp/0312302894/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259931168&sr=1-2

 

He wrote an older one about China that I still need to read...

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If you are looking for a book that will make you ignore everyone around you (and all the housework you are supposed to be doing), then :iagree:

 

And you might as well get the sequel while you are at it, to save yourself a second trip to the library or bookstore.

 

Melinda, The 3rd book is due to be published in August. :D:D

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I really enjoyed the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books. Light, easy, feel-good stuff for the most part. The first book is a little slow to get through but once the characters are introduced there, the later books pick up into a nice story-telling rhythm. These are also on audiobook and the reader does such a wonderful job!

 

 

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I really enjoyed the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books. Light, easy, feel-good stuff for the most part. The first book is a little slow to get through but once the characters are introduced there, the later books pick up into a nice story-telling rhythm.
Good to know! I have the first book, but after reading into it a bit just could not get into it. Maybe I'll give it another try and persevere!

 

 

[Peter Jenkins] wrote an older one about China that I still need to read...
I have that one, I thought it was really good. Someone gave my dh a copy of his A Walk Across America when he became a US citizen -- I liked that one as well!
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