Thanks for joining in this week everyone! I”ll be figuring out the final number of entries for everyone and holding the drawings sometime this weekend.

Our final topic is books that transport you. It’s hard to take a trip with rising gas prices so thank God we can travel through reading! What are some of your favorite books that transport you to a new place?

LEAH: voiceinthewind.gif The Mark of the Lion trilogy (excellent, excellent, excellent) places you right smack dab in the middle of Rome in the 1st century. Along with a great story, it really gives you the feel for the times and culture.

abramsdaughters.jpgBeverly Lewis along with other authors have written some great stories about the Amish way of life that transports you right into their world. Their culture, way of dress and talk, delicious food, and religious beliefs are all described in these books as the story unfolds.

lordoftherings.jpgFinally, even if you are not a fan of the movie, you have to give J.R.R. Tolkien credit for having created a completely different world, creatures, languages, and geography in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Talk about imagination! These books transport us to places we can never actually go and yet still make us feel as if we’ve been there.

SALLY: sisterchicks-go-brit.jpgIt’s summertime and I like to think and dream about traveling. The book I just finished about traveling is Sisterchicks Go Brit. Kellie and Liz get a surprise trip to England. This book is loosely based on a trip the author Robin Jones Gunn took to research the book. In fact in the back of the book are pictures of many of the places mentioned. I like to read these books BEFORE I visit a place. Even though they are fiction, they have GREAT ideas. I would love to go to England and even though I prefer traveling with my husband, this might be a place I’ll have to find a sisterchick to go with. A sisterchick is a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat.

One of the things I loved about this book was that Kellie and Liz visited places they had read about in British literature. They spent a great deal of time visiting places made famous by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. They were gone a week or a little more and were able to pack so much in! They visited three cities; Olney, Oxford, and London. They had taste delights and grew to prefer tea over coffee. They stayed close friends through it all and their relationship with God was at an all time high. I love these books because they enable you to visit a place vicariously. I love reading them before I visit a place, and I love reading them to see if I may want to visit a place. The sisterchicks have been to many places. Each book has a different pair of sisterchicks, but they are all middle-aged with teenagers or grown children.

AMY: A book I read this year that transported me out of my everyday life was The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen. You can read my review here. She really brought the life in Siam (Vietnam now) i 1920’s to vivid reality. There’s a scene that takes place during a storm that was particularly horrific and had me cringing!

Another book that took me to a new place was Memoirs of a Geisha. I love this book so much and I thought it really brought the life of a geisha to reality for me. I was just newly moved to Japan when I first read it, and it helped me become more curious about the country. I even got my own geisha photos made when I visited Kyoto!

What are your favorite books that have transported you to another place? Write your post, link back here (which is to say–put a link to this post in your post) and then sign the Mr. Linky! Thanks for all of the fun and great reading recommendations everyone! The Girl Who Stopped Swimming Discussion begins tomorrow and our August group read will be announced on Monday!

1. Yvonne
2. Monica @ Paper Bridges
3. Kimberly Kaye
4. jessi
5. tracy(bookroomreviews)
6. Mrs S | Blue Archipelago
7. Emma
8. Nise\’
9. Kristinia – Loving Heart Mommy
10. J. Kaye\’s Book Blog
11. bunny

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10 Responses to “Summer Reading Extravaganza Day 5: Oh the Places You’ll Go! With a Book!”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    This was a fun week! Thank you for hosting this. My 5th day is up!

  2. Monica @ Paper Bridges Says:

    After lurking all weeek, I’m finally going to play. Mine is a post from last summer – with summer in the title – so I thought it a good fit.

    monica

  3. Kimberly Kaye Says:

    Okay, I am going to have to check out The Mark of the Lion trilogy and The Moon in the Mango Tree. Those look so good.

    Thanks so much for this fun week. I really did have fun!!!

  4. Jessi Says:

    This has been a great week! I’ve had so much fun visiting other people’s blogs. I’m going to have to check out Sisterchicks Go Brit – it sounds like fun!

  5. Tracy Says:

    I have heard great things about The Mark of the Lion books, I will have to try those for sure now:) Thanks so much for hosting this, it has been fun!

  6. Summer Reading Extravaganza | Blue Archipelago Says:

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  7. Mrs S | Blue Archipelago Says:

    Thanks for organising this its been a lot of fun! I think I’ll look out for the Sister chicks book 🙂

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  9. J. Kaye Says:

    Day 5 is posted. 🙂

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