Some people love to read about exotic new places, while some prefer settings they recognize. How about you?
By Vicki Delany
Can I say both?
When I travel, I love to read books set in the places I’m going.
|Not the ideal place to be reading Arthur Perez-Reverte|
Two years ago, when I was on safari in Kenya, I was sitting by the campfire in front of the tents, hoping to hear the roar of a lion, reading The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Something, I thought, isn’t right about this. When reading I like to feel that I’m connected to the place I am reading about. If lucky and a good book I can get immersed in the setting and the time frame and feel, for a few short moments, as if I’m really there. So it was a startling uncomfortable disconnect to be jerked back from the streets of Spain circa 1800 to the wilds of Africa circa 2011. And, vice versa.
The next time I was in Africa, in April, I took along books by Michael Stanley and Deon Meyer. Much more satisfying.
|Reading in Uganda|
As for when I am not travelling, I guess I’m more of a comfortable read sort of person. I love British novels (generally speaking) and read so many of them that the UK seems like a familiar place. Think Peter Robinson, Susan Hill, Deborah Crombie.
Canadian books are special to me as I want to read stories about my country and our history and contemporary problems and for that I enjoy Barbara Fradkin, R.J. Harlick, Deryn Collier and countless others. (And a special mention to our newest Criminal Mind, Robin Spano!)
|Relaxing at home with a good Canadian book.|
The US is both exotic and familiar in many ways. So I enjoy books by the likes of Julia Spenser-Fleming and William Kent Krueger that have a feeling of familiarity.
I’m hoping to go to Madrid next year. I’ll be looking for more Reverte for that. Any suggestions for books set in Spain I might use to get me into the mood are welcome!
In other news, Goodreads is having a giveaway of the ARC of my forthcoming book, A COLD WHITE SUN, the sixth in the Constable Molly Smith series. If you’d like to enter click here.