We tend to associate reading with summer leisure because of the stress reduction and relaxation it provides by transporting us mentally to another city, country, continent, or life through someone else's journey, travels, espionage, life on another planet, or another time. Even if you do not have the means to travel to other countries, reading can take you there through fiction or non-fiction.
My local library system has a fun way to begin our summer reading by focusing on traveling to other countries through fictional books (see list below courtesy of my local library system, wake County Public Library). Below is a list of countries and continents from my local library's website, and suggested fictional books under each country or continent that you would love to travel to fictionally. Click on a country/continent or click on all. Let your mind travel to foreign lands and be entertained without leaving your chair. With this weekend being a holiday weekend in the U.S. (Independence Day), what better time to unwind than at the beach, mountains, camping, porch, backyard, or inside your home with a good book.
Where in the World Are We? Reading Lists by Wake County Public Library: click on countries below for each countrie's book list or see the libraries entire summer event (click here for library website on event)
- The Caribbean
- Central America
- The Middle East
- South America
If you are pressed for time to purchase a book this weekend for some holiday down-time reading, do not fret, many libraries now offer downloading of books for free with your library card. All books are not available for downloading through the library, but you will have a sufficient variety to start you on your passport-free and visa-free world wind traveling week or weekend!
This will be a journey to other countries that is well worth the trip!
What is Sister Reading for the Summer ?
Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel (P.S.) by Sena Jeter Naslund
A book of fiction that picks up on the story of Moby Dick as told by Captain Ahab's wife, Una. She herself was a woman beyond her time - she was a sailor, adventurer, free-thinking, and independent woman. The story takes place in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and exotic locations of world travel.
The October Horse: A Novel of Caesar and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
excerpt from Amazon.com "Caesar is finishing the civil war against Pompey's forces (especially against Cato the Younger), developing a liaison and an alliance with Cleopatra in Egypt and returning to Rome to begin to reform the system until his enemies assassinate him in the Senate. The book ends with his nephew Octavius and Mark Antony taking on the assassins in a victorious second civil war followed by the initial murmurings of competition between Octavius (Caesar Augustus to be) and Antony. "
~ Sister Vegetarian