Clark doesn’t usually try to match the setting of the book with the vacation location. But he did once, and he took the “Magi” John Fowles On vacation to the Greek islands he visited in 2002. Clarke read the 1965 book for the first time in the early 1970s, a few years after a movie based on it was shown.
Perched on the coastal waters of the Peloponnese peninsula, Clark writes, it combines Greek myth and a bit of World War II history in the novel “Tour de Force.” Perhaps it was the sparkling waters of the Aegean around Naxos and Santorini that reminded of similar visions in scenes from the film and book. But the story was good the second time around.
The beach was also the setting for one of the strongest memories of reading in Marty Anderson. “I totally flipped on Waikiki as I read ‘The Silence of the Lambs,'” Marty, who lives in Portland, Oregon, wrote. I kept saying, “20 more minutes.” But I guess I wouldn’t have been able to put it anywhere. For me, a climax experience.”
Lee Salter From Urbana, Illinois, she just spent two weeks with her husband, Elephant, at a paddle cabin in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness area of northern Minnesota. There were a lot of rainy days, perfect for enjoying a good book.
He read to me “How to Catch a Mole” by Mark Hammer, which she said was “a beautiful memoir of a loving nature.” Phil has brought “Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art” by Rebecca and Raj Sykesand sometimes read it out loud to me during marathon jigsaw puzzle sessions.
Lee wrote: “Reading about our (partial) Neanderthal ancestors and their hunter-gatherer lifestyle was perfect, and the complementary cranberry muffin and cobbler we collected.”
Before embarking on a family trip to Barcelona, Dennis Van Derlask From Woodbridge, Maryland, he hands out some homework. Bought several hard copies of “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – A book about books and Barcelona – for everyone to read. “It was a great way to enter an unfamiliar city,” Dennis wrote.
Jodi Lacorsair From Saint Petersburg, Florida was filling a paper bag with books during childhood car rides. “The longer the book is, the better,” she wrote. I loved rereading the ‘Mary Poppins’ series or ‘collection’ of books by Ray Bradbury. Now her main flight criterion is that the book is long, especially if she’s flying, so she has something to read back and forth.
Judy wrote, “The last book I brought with me was ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’, which was wonderful and absorbing, and every now and then I would look out the window at the clouds all around me and the world below, which added to his enjoyment,” referring to a book by Anthony Doerr.
During a trip to Israel, Stuart Lewis Leesburg, Va. , read “The Source” by James Michener. “It was a really great read, as it was about the biblical history of Israel,” Stewart wrote. “It was a great read in itself, but it was even bigger with my trip.”
Tina Ria From Greenbelt, Md. , Consulting: “Whatever books you choose to take on your travels, if you have a companion, check in with them. You may want to switch books partially during the trip.”
She added, “During a rainy week in the mountains of Puerto Rico, my husband sighed as he took my copy of ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldonbut is surprised to find that the time travel romance has enough adventure to keep him interested.” Tina thinks her husband brought “The Lord of the Rings” on that trip. She was happy to read it again.
While on vacation in Spain and France, Alice what From Durham, NC, he read 11 “Bruno, Chief Police” riddles. Martin Walkerwho will soon publish the fifteenth issue of his series about a police officer in a part of southern France named Perigord.
“I was stunned, and my next vacation will definitely be there,” she said. “The mysteries were secondary to the sights of farmers’ markets, rivers, castles, and stables, and descriptions of food and wine.”
Alice wrote: “Nothing beats planning your next vacation while enjoying your current one. I came back very satisfied and I look forward to my next vacation.”
Doesn’t it sometimes seem like the thing we need after a vacation is… another vacation?