Open Thread

Open Thread Update: Book It!

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).”

Carol A.

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.”

Carol A.

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.”

-Judith D.

And for one reader, the Bible brought peace on a daily basis.

 “The BIBLE is daily as is Give Us This Day.”

-Judith D.

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 editor@seniorplanet.org.

COMMENTS

6 responses to “Open Thread Update: Book It!

  1. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran,
    The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer,
    In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker.
    God’s Trombones by James Weldon Johnson.
    Poem collections by Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Sonya Sanchez.
    All of Toni Morrison’s works.

  2. Hi,
    Here are some of the books that have lifted my spirits over the years:
    1- A Marriage Sabbatical, by Sabina Shalom
    2- 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).
    3- Kangaroo Dreaming, by Edward Kanze (also very funny)
    4- Sand Dance, by Bruce Kirkby (fantastic travel book)
    5- Dervla Murphy, all her books
    6-Lands of Lost Borders

  3. The BIBLE is daily as is Give Us This Day. Right now I am reading “BRIDGERTON” series 1 and 2, I also have 3 and 4. I have The 1619 Project a Brief History and will get the Book. It is hard to say with me will join the Book Club hopefully tomorrow to discuss Inspector Chopra’s Inheritance, it was a good read. Do any other Reader’s read certain Books or a mishmash like I do?

    1. I read books from various genres. I have read the Bridgerton series and others by the author that intersect the same time. I enjoy mysteries, British and Cozy. Four years ago I began reading fantasy and paranormal. I do lean towards romance and those books called “chick lit”. I don’t gravitate to nonfiction but I have recently finished Crossing the Line, and I enjoyed reading Children of the Flower Moon. I plan to read Viola Davis’ newly released memoir and the current book club selection.

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