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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Armchair Traveler

I finished another fun challenge that took me to several wonderful vacation spots. What a way to travel! My original list was tweaked a bit, much the same way as travel plans are modified before the trip actually takes place.

Here's what I DID read and the country or city the books transported me to:
Quebec City - Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
Peru - Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Newfoundland - Shipping News by Annie Proulx
Afghanistan - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Nova Scotia - Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
Prince Edward Island - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Shipping News was probably my least favorite, but I'm still glad I read it. The other 5 I loved.
Actually visiting Canada this summer enhanced my reading of the books set in Canada.

I'm definitely looking forward to joining this challenge again next year. A great big THANKS to A Life in Books for hosting this challenge.

9 comments:

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Shipping News - but it made for a heck of a movie. :)

Kay said...

You did read several set in Canada. I've been doing that too with mysteries lately. Not really planning to read about that region, but just happening to. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Chris said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! I need to start finishing up some of these myself! I'm in over my head in challenges!

Framed said...

Way to go. I hope the challenge lasts until the end of the year, or I'm in trouble.

Dewey said...

Whee! So much fun to see someone enjoying a challenge so much. I think I'll join this one if it happens again.

iliana said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! I'm way behind on it - I'm also hoping it goes through the end of the year.

John Mutford said...

You didn't really transport yourself to Newfoundland at all if you did it through the Shipping News. You merely visited the Annie Proulx Presents version, which isn't at all like the real thing. (It's where I'm from).

Booklogged said...

Kaye, I need to check out the movie and compare it to the book.

Kay, I actually planned to read the Canadian novels because my husband and I traveled in Canada this summer.

Chris, it is so fun to finish up a challenge. I'm over my head, too.

Framed, it does go til the end of Dec.

Dewey, I hope she does this challenge again. Next best thing to actually being there is reading about it.

Iliana, there are so many challenges going on right now, it's easy to get behind.

John, we talked with a bookstore owner in Gander, Newfoundland who felt the same way about Shipping News. He sold us some others that he said represented the province better. I want to return to Newfoundland very much.

Bookfool said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! It was a fun one, wasn't it?