Books can do marvelous things. If you're a book reader, you already know that they can provide a means for escape from the regular life. As a teenager, I often read my free time away. It was my means of escape from my small town and the stressors of school. In books, I discovered new worlds and lands. I made friends and learned new things. It helped me become who I am today and I'm grateful for that.
Now as an adult with my own income and no need to ask my parents' permission to do things, I read books with a different view of escape. I gobble them up to get away from the stressors of the work week, sure, but I am also fantasizing things that I wish I could do and visit places that I very well may see myself.
I have a strong case of wanderlust that has been heightened over the years. I've always had wanderlust, if I'm being honest. I've always wanted to travel and see different things. My father, a truck driver, has seen most of America and I certainly inherited his desire to be on the move. Even when I am already plotting out one vacation, my mind is considering where I'll go to next. It excites me to see so much, and while I have yet to be out of the United States, I'm lucky enough to see the different regions of America.
Boy, does America have a wide range of sights and landscapes. It's amazing and beautiful and I feel so lucky to be able to experience it all.
But, unfortunately, I also have a job and without that job, I wouldn't be able to travel. I have to work to have the money to travel and the vacation days. I am not one of those people who can travel and "not worry about money" as some travel blogs promote. So what do I do when I'm stuck at home working up time off? I read. Well, not while at work but you get the idea.
I've been lucky to discover a number of books that, for me, really capture the feel of movement that comes with traveling. They both quench my desire to travel (temporarily) and ignite it into a feverish need. They expose me to different landscapes and give me that dreamy sense of being far and away. Interested in escaping? Check out these reads.
Scorpio RacesLocated on an island in an unnamed area, part of an unnamed sea, the Scorpio Races gives you the taste of saltwater and scent of ocean air. I felt as if I was right up against the shore and hearing the thrashing of waves while reading this book. The lack of specific location for this book is appealing because you can picture it to be just about anywhere (I picture it being an island somewhere between America and England, but closer to England than anything).
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