reading-a-bookLet’s face it, sometimes we can’t vacation in the traditional sense. We can’t always hop on a plane, or in a car and head for a far away tropic island so we need to find other ways to escape.

And not travel books or manuals, but good old-fashioned novels.

As a Bookworm, I find one of the best ways to vacation is by reading.

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Here are a few of my favorite books that I recommend for those who are looking for an easy way to travel to new worlds, historical eras, and even future worlds.


Like water for Chocolateby Laurie Esquivel- Travel to Mexico in this wonderful tale written in the form of a  cookbook. It explores the journey of love, loss, family, and tradition.

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde- Travel to the Caribbean and then to Salem Massachusetts and explore the journey one slave takes as she endures the evils of the Salem Witch Trials.

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez- Travel to the Dominican Republic during a horrible dictatorship in which a heartless dictator becomes obsessed with three beautiful sisters.

Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss- Travel along side the main character who learns as much as he can in order to prepare himself for the ultimate disaster.

Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires)by Anne Rice- Travel from Rome to Paris with Pandora who journeys from Roman senator’s daughter to a Vampire in modern times.

Belindaby Anne Rice writing as Ann Rampling- Travel down a path the borders on romance and obsessive – acceptable and despicable in this tale of a Children’s Artist turn criminal.

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Travel to Latin America where a young girl is punished by the European Americans around her for being different and “not of this world.”

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)by Dan Brown (recommended by Andrew, my husband)- Travel between Washington DC and Greece as Robert Langdon pieces together clues to discover the mysterious organization known as the Free Masons.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque- Travel with the German Army during WWI and discover the horrors of trench warfare and life on the the front-lines.

The Last King: Rome’s Greatest Enemyby Curtis Ford  (recommended by Andrew, my husband)- Travel to the Ancient Black Sea as Mithridates, King of Pontus, tries to fend off the Roman occupation of his small kingdom.

The Loverby Marguerite Duras- Travel to Indochina and discover the tumultuous relationship between a young french girl and her Chinese lover.

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