Books can transport readers to another place, time, feeling, and in some cases, allow a moment of respite from the real world. In our last Open Thread, we asked readers what books they have read when they needed an escape – to lift them up.
Readers submitted both genres and specific books that they found joy in reading. Though, sometimes joy can surface in the form of tears requiring tissues.
“In A Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson (I needed a box of tissues next to me to wipe the tears of laughter that shook me constantly and I could not read this book in public. People would have thought me mad).”
Other recommendations included…
“A Marriage Sabbatical, by Sabina Shalom; Kangaroo Dreaming, by Edward Kanze (also very funny); Sand Dance, by Bruce Kirkby (fantastic travel book); Dervla Murphy, all her books; Lands of Lost Borders.”
Some mentioned books that pull readers into another era. One reader said that Victorian-era books did the trick, and another recommended the Bridgerton book series (now a popular television series).
“Right now I am reading “BRIDGERTON” series 1 and 2, I also have 3 and 4.”
And for one reader, the Bible brought peace on a daily basis.
“The BIBLE is daily as is Give Us This Day.”
Have more to say about this topic? We’ll keep this posted for a while so you can add your ideas, second thoughts, or even third thoughts. Keep sending your thoughts in the comments and we’ll revisit this topic again!
Until next time,
Suzanne Myklebust is Senior Planet’s Director of Communications – stepping in to post this Open Thread Update for Senior Planet’s Managing Editor Virge Randall while she is out of town. Send your suggestions for future Open Threads to Virge at firstname.lastname@example.org.