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    Reading as escapism?

    Anyone else use reading as a form of escapism sometimes?
    Which books were your best escapes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultralight View Post
    Anyone else use reading as a form of escapism sometimes?
    Which books were your best escapes?
    Yes.

    A really good series that builds a world for you in multiple volumes. Like Patrick O'Brien's novels about the Royal Navy, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries or the whole body of P.G. Wodehouse's work.

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    I like travel and adventure. Wade Davis, national Geographic explorer can take me to a different place. I've read several of his books. He is an ethnobotanist and explores Haitian voodoo potions among others. Eric Hansen has a great book called Stranger in the Forest about a man who goes to walk across Borneo. Steinbeck's log from the Sea of Cortez. I even enjoyed Mark Twain's Huck Finn. Matter of fact, those could be a few of my favorite books ever. I went through a phase of sci-fi/fantasy which was OK and some still is, but sometimes fact can be as wild as fiction.

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    Yes.
    Fiction.

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    Winter makes me want to escape. haha

    I appreciate the suggestions! I should actually read Huck Finn, I never have...

    I have never been into mysteries, but I am open to trying some...
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    why do you think people watch television, often because it's mindless and easy, but also some people rally need to escape reality for awhile (if one doesn't then their reality is pretty good considering) and it is a more complete immersion to have a favorite show, series etc.. I read non-fiction though, not much escape there, well I guess I like to read about food when I don't want to read something serious,I find it pleasingly distracting (and not fattening :P ).
    If you want something to get done, ask a busy person. If you want them to have a nervous breakdown that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ApatheticNoMore View Post
    I guess I like to read about food when I don't want to read something serious,I find it pleasingly distracting (and not fattening :P ).
    Escape from calories!
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    i love non-fiction!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    i love non-fiction!
    I read (and listen to) considerably more non-fiction--maybe 80/20%--and I have for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    I read (and listen to) considerably more non-fiction--maybe 80/20%--and I have for years.
    I don't use non fiction for escape, I use it to learn about people and events I am interested in. Learn what is interesting to myself and for skils and such I could learn/use.

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