#fridayreads take me away (NYC edition)

20th May 2011

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.


It’s Friday. I’m in New York, visiting my brother, and above all, I am not at work. How much better can this Friday be? I plan to spend some time this afternoon on a bench in Central Park (if it doesn’t rain), reading my Friday Reads pick – Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. It will come out in August, and I am loving it so much, I really don’t want any of you to have to wait. But wait we will.

When I started #fridayreads take me away in tandem with THE Friday Reads movement (?), I wanted to talk about fun books, books you read just because. Books you read without having to put too much thought into the reading. But escapist reading isn’t just about not thinking. It’s also about reading about a place or time other than where/when you are. So this week, just a question to answer:

Do you favor any particular setting as the backdrop to your reading choices? What books have you read set in another locale that made you feel like you were there?

jenn aka the picky girl

  • One that really stood out for me was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It’s set in France, and I want to live in that book.

    I don’t really favor a setting, I just pick a book off my stack. There’s something about the description of a book that draws me in before it even makes it to my TBR stack, so once it’s there, I’m good.

    • pickygirl

      I want to read that book so much!!! I even looked for it at the Strand in New York, but they didn’t have a copy. Grr. To Amazon, I guess I’ll go.

  • That’s exactly why I read – to find myself somewhere else. That’s also why I like Latin American literature so much – particularly anything from Mexico, Colombia, or Argentina. I have only been to one of those places, but I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time in all of them.

    My #fridayreads is, just for the record, The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

  • Marlene

    I love to read books set in North or South Carolina….somewhere I’d love to visit – mainly because I’ve read so much that is set there,that it fascinates me. I also always enjoy books set in the English countryside…it always sounds so quaint and so idealic…so cozy! It’s another place I’d love to visit. Much like Cassandra, I feel as though I’ve traveled the world through good books…that image of an open book as a ‘Magic Carpet’, carrying the reader off to magical, exotic and distant places really resounds with me…it’s a perfect visual for the way reading has always made me feel! Enjoy NY Picky Girl…and tell Picky Boy hello for me!
    Picky Mom