Because the weather has finally turned to spring time, my mind is now turning to summer. Maybe it’s how crazy busy things have been, but I’m thinking about vacation like a man stranded in a desert thinks about water. In a little over a month, I get to go away for a weekend to one of my favorite places: a cabin on the Susquehanna River I’ve rented a few times with some of my closest friends. The primary activity at that cabin is sitting reading books side-by-side in Adirondack chairs, and I’m already starting to fantasize about which books I’ll bring with me.
But there are other books I’m fantasizing about now, too: the kind that transport you to faraway lands without a plane ticket. I’ve idly looked back at old vacation photos and all the bookmarked internet photo lists of beautiful places I absolutely must go to someday. This year’s vacation is a family one that should be lovely, but won’t involve going to some foreign land or immersing myself alone in a culture and a place that I’ve never experienced before, which is my favorite thing about vacation.
So now I’m yearning for books to do it for me, and I need your recommendations. Travel writing is a-okay in my book, but it doesn’t have to be non-fiction. A well rendered novel about a far off land that will make me feel like I’ve been there will do the trick, too. (I occasionally forget I haven’t been to Morocco because of how much Esther Freud’s Hideous Kinky sticks with me more than 10 years after reading it.) So, what have you got for me???