Traveling the World through Reading

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Reading takes you places. As Dr. Suess said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Where in the world will your next book take you?

When I was young, I dreamt of seeing the world. Coming from the back country of the Philippines, I was curious to know what other places look like. I did not get out of Batangas, my home province till I went to college in Manila. I always had that nagging feeling to go abroad and widen my horizon.

When I went to college, I thought of majoring in Foreign Service or Journalism so I could get out of the country. But Dad got a different idea and I ended up in Accounting. He needed an accountant in the family. But that did not thwart my dream of going abroad. I pursued my dream and in 1966. in spite of my fear of flying, I left the Philippines on my first trip abroad when I went to Hongkong and then Japan. There’s an interesting story about that trip which should be an interesting post for later. A year later, in 1967, I left for New York.

While working in the business world, I had no time to read. So fast forward to 2011 when I retired to South Carolina. I started reading in earnest. Here are a few of the books I read which took me to interesting places:

1.      Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd – United Kingdom

2.     Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – 12th Century Feudal England

3.     A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford – England

4.    At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen – Scotland

5.     A Monk Swimming by Malachy McCourt – Ireland

6.    Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella – Paris and Troy

7.     The Bells by Richard Harvell – Switzerland, Austria, Italy

8.    Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago – Portugal

9.    Winter of the World by Ken Follett – Germany, England, Russia and Washington DC.

10.  The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot – England Lake District and Russia

11.  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – Russia Federation, Soviet Union

12. The Archimedes Codex – Constantinople, Greece, England and New York

13. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – England, Africa

14.Through a Glass Darkly – Karleen Koen – England, France

15. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre – England, East Germany

16.Hawaii by James Mitchener – Hawaii, Bora-Bora

17. Day of Infamy by Walter Lord – Pearl Harbor

18.   The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck – China

19.The Fall of Japan by William Craig – Okinawa and Tokyo, Japan

20.   Rescue at Los Baños by Bruce Henderson – WWII Philippines

21. Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder – Peru

22.  The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers – Iraq

23.    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Afghanistan

24.    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – India and New York

25.   Don’t Fall off the Mountain by Shirley Maclaine – Virginia, New York, California Africa, India and the Himalayas.

26.   Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherill Tippins – New York

27.   Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – New York and Ireland

28.   A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert – Wisconsin, Kansas and New York

29.   The March by E.L. Doctorow – Georgia to the sea and up the Carolinas (Civil War)

30.  The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the Great Atlantic Liners – From the Mauretania to the France and the Queen Elizabeth 2 by John Maxtone-Graham. – Atlantic Ocean Voyage

 

There you have them – 30 of my most memorable books that I read and travelled worldwide. I hate plane rides and ocean voyages but I have travelled the world through books, experiencing new authors and cultures along the way. I will keep on reading because as Irwin Shaw said, “There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.”

 

Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda

 

 

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THE BEST HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS IN MY COLLECTION

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1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – saw the movie several times but haven’t fully read the book. Will start again one of these days.
2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – Just finished reading it, quite long, you wonder when the villain will get his comeuppance.
3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – picked it up years ago but could not continue.
4. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – read recently.
5. Shogun by James Clavell – read it years ago, intend to reread it.
6. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough – read it years ago
7. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Ecco – started reading it but stopped.
8. World Without End by Ken Follett – Want To Read list.
9. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley – saw the movie, never read the book.
10. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Want To Read list
11. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone – Want To Read list
12. Scarlet Pimpernell by Emmuska Orczy – read it years ago. Will most likely read it again.
13. Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd – Another long book, read recently, could not keep track of those Welsh names, quite interesting though.
14. Centennial by James A. Michener – Want To Read list
15. Tai-Pan by James Clavell – Want To Read list
16. Hawaii by James A. Michener – started reading months ago, will continue.
17. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett – read recently
18. London by Edward Rutherfurd – Want To Read list
19. North and South by John Jakes – Want To Read list
More Historical Fiction books in my library:
1. Winter of the World by Ken Follett – Want To Read list
2. New York by Edward Rutherfurd – read recently
3. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd – Want To Read list
4. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – read recently
5. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – read recently, love this one better than The Tea Rose
6 A Distant Trumpet by Paul Horgan – read recently.

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