Books Whose Settings Will Take You Away

Lately, I’ve been reading books that are set in exotic locales.  Well, at least to me they’re exotic.  I admire authors who paint pictures with words that make me, the reader, feel as if I’m right there in the middle of things.  Here are a few of my favorites.

27161845Elin Hilderbrand sets her novels on Nantucket Island.  I recently read Here’s to Us, and now I’m desperate to get on a ferry and visit.  She makes Nantucket sound like a summer paradise.  Also, I probably gained twenty pounds just reading her book!  She’s one of those authors who makes her readers’ mouths water when she describes food.

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My next favorite is Cormac McCarthy.  All the Pretty Horses didn’t exactly make me want to ride off into the Texas sunset, but I did feel like I was right there alongside John Grady Cole as he traveled from TeThunder Storm Receedingxas and into Mexico.469571

Finally, I’m heading to Alaska for The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.  This one is amazing because it not only draws you into the Alaskan wilderness, it also brings you back to the year 1920.  Imagine living in such extreme conditions without benefit of cellphone, electricity, or indoor plumbing!  In winter and summer, Alaska is fascinating.  I highly recommend this addicting fantasy novel.

11250053Winter ski cabins in snow with Chugach Mountains

Series or Standalone?

Decortie-square-book-storage-displayI’ll admit it.  I have a teeny, tiny attention span.  I lose interest quickly.  This is not a personality trait that I’m proud of, but it’s one I’ve learned to deal with. Unfortunately, there’s no support group that I know of, so I’ve had to make a go of it on my own.

This has come into play not only in every day life, but in my love of books as well.  Yes, I can tackle longer books (sometimes…I have yet to finish Outlander), but I’m not very good with a series.  After two or three books, I lose interest in the characters and move on.  The longest commitment I’ve made to a series are the Sookie Stackhouse books, and even then I had to give up after book five.

My last read and my current read were both parts of a series, although I didn’t realize it when I started reading.  It’s a unique experience coming into the middle of a series.  The character have a history that you aren’t a part of.  It makes me feel like I did when I met my in-laws for the first time.  They had family stories and traditions that I knew nothing about.

The experience has made me realize is that if a series of books is worth its salt, I’ll immediately want to go back and read the previous books.  Which in the cases of my previous read and my current read has been the case.