A Good Vacation is Often in the Pages of a Fantastic Book

“There’s no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” – Emily Dickinson

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

I’ve always asserted that getting lost in the pages of a great book while on a duly great trip is in actuality two vacations for the price of one. I mean there I am, relaxing on a sandy beach, working on a stellar tan of which my dermatologist will chastise me for at my next checkup. The mesmerizing sound of waves rolling in the distance has erased any residual stress I carried with me on this R&R trip. I begin reading Tina Fey’s hysterically funny yet compellingly veridical Bossypants, and by page 10 I’m on memory lane of my own awkward adolescence, harkening back to vacations my family spent “at Grandma and Grandpa Fletcher’s cabin” on the shores of northern Minnesota’s Eleventh Crow Wing Lake. Bingo! Two vacations for the price of one!

Naturally, the adventurer in each of us would love to travel, explore, find ourselves wanderlust again and again. But for the greater majority of us our bank accounts, financial obligations and family commitments are a constant reminder that a road trip is just not always possible. Frustrating at the very least! So here is my next best option to packing up and heading out on another trek: A REALLY GOOD BOOK. Yep! Losing myself in the pages of an intoxicating read has been a suitable runner up to the inability for a travel escape on countless occasions. It will surely remain high on the “runner up” list in the future, and I do not mean “runner up” in a negative undertone. I am passionate about reading, literature and story telling and will always believe a good book is a vacation in itself even if I’m parked on the sofa in my own home. So if your commitments have you tied to the dock, grab a book and a good glass of wine and prepare for an instant escape to a far away place.

Perhaps you’re vacationing amongst the pages of a fascinating read while enjoying the comfort of your own home. Maybe you’re anticipating some stellar page turning while enjoying R&R in exotic lands. Whatever your circumstance, I hope your escape is splendid! In an effort to help you on your journey … wherever it may take you … here are a few of my recent picks:

booksLife of Pi, by Yann Martel (this fascinating page turner could actually qualify as three-trips-for-the-price of one)

To Kill A MockingbirdTo Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (a masterfully written account of depression-era adolescence, crime and racial inequality in the deep south)

MiddlesexMiddlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (a Pulitzer Prize winning novel spanning three generations of a Greek family)

UnbrokenUnbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (a harrowing yet redemptive biography of boxing champ Louis Zamperini’s WWII POW experience)

The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner, by Khaleid Hosseini (emotionally gripping fiction depicting Afghan families and their struggles)

The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt KidThe Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson (a riotously funny coming-of-age memoir)

Sh*t My Dad Says     Sh*t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern (see “Thunderbolt” description above)

After Visiting FriendsAfter Visiting Friends, by Michael Hainey (the chronicle of a father’s sudden death and his son’s painful and ultimately liberating journey to uncover the truth behind the cover-up)

Good stories are truly meant to be shared, so please feel free to write me with feedback regarding the choices I’ve listed or offer up your own favorites. This girl is always searching for her next great read!

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