Reading is a Great Way to Travel

“The only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read.” – Tom Clancy

As you know, I’m a big fan of public libraries.

You’re taking advantage of your city’s library this summer … aren’t you?

I planned to be enjoying Harper Lee’s newly discovered manuscript by this time in July, but I’m not going near that one. Click here to read my post on why I decided to skip Go Set a Watchman.

I picked up these novels yesterday, courtesy of our library’s fabulous (and free) book request service:


A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959). An award-winning play “about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago.” I’ve watched the 1961 film version, but it’s about time that I read the play.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2014). This is one of the “Staff Picks” for July at the public library: “An unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.” That description was enough for me to give this novel a try.

I’m also reading The Horse and His Boy (Book 3 of The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis. Looks like I have an interesting itinerary for the next few weeks: South Side of Chicago; Alice Island, Massachusetts; and Narnia.

Where have you traveled lately via the written word?


Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. I am a HUGE fan of public libraries, Darla. I’m a member of Friends of The Library in two Kansas town libraries, three Colorado city libraries, and one New Hampshire library. Any time I’m in a town (being nanny to grandchildren or helping my mom, or staying with friends recovering from surgery) if I’m there for longer than 3 weeks, I get a library card AND join Friends of the Library and volunteer. It’s very renewing for me, and no place smells, feels or sounds better than a library!
    For me, there’s another “no better way to travel” than reading. Round trip to southeast Kansas from Colorado each month is 1,300 miles. While Jim drives, I read! While I drive and he naps, I listen to books on CDs. Our westside Old Colorado City Library staff knows I’ll be in just before we leave each month and often have books on tape or their favorite books to recommend.


    • You sound like the Ultimate Library Fan! Here’s some Santa Barbara library trivia for you: Sara Plummer Lemmon, a botanist and the woman who started our public library in the late 1800s, had a mountain named for her, Mount Lemmon in Arizona (she climbed it). Among her many activities, she had the golden poppy designated as the California state flower. Quite a woman!


    • I really enjoyed “A Raisin in the Sun.” “A.J.” didn’t live up to my expectations, but the story gave an interesting look at bookstore life.


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