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Every week, Preen tackles motherhood sans the rose-tinted glasses. Our columnists L. Juliano, Marla Darwin, Monica Eleazar-Manzano, and Rossana Unson inform their private experiences like it’s—at occasions irritating, oftentimes complicated, however at all times enlightening.

I as soon as had a co-worker who bragged out loud that he has by no means learn a ebook in his life. I don’t know why, my equally non-book studying co-workers discovered this one thing to oooh and ahhhh about, however they did whereas I simply stayed quiet and pitied him for what he’d really missed all these years.

On the opposite hand, I had requested my daughters the place they’d been to through the years and the solutions I obtained positively warmed the cockles of this literature-loving mama’s coronary heart.

The youthful one, who’s now 13, talked about a number of acquainted locations like Narnia, Panem, Two Forks, Seattle, Paris, and England. When I requested her how she had gotten to these locations, she ticked off only a few books she had been studying particularly, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for Narnia, The Hunger Games for Panem, Twilight for Two Forks, Seattle, Vidalia in Paris for Paris, and Matilda for England.

The older one, a lit main, has been to Hogwarts by way of the Harry Potter collection and Westeros by way of studying George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, the place she says that the magical locations akin to those she’s talked about might be charming contemplating the “rules” are completely different from the actual world’s. She has additionally visited, she recounted, America within the 1920’s by way of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels and felt the way it was to be a part of Russian society by way of Nabokov and Tolstoy’s masterpieces.

I actually have been to Nantucket Island in 1942 summertime, in truth, studying Herman Raucher’s The Summer of ‘42 and from Pennsylvania to New York City by way of JD Salinger’s The Catcher within the Rye. I’ve additionally been fortunate sufficient to drop by the Sicilian countryside between the pages of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, simply to identify a number of locations I’ve traveled to whereas seated on my arm chair.

I can not think about life with out books—even only one or two—might be for anybody. I’ve traveled nearly sufficient, setting foot in locations that I had by no means dreamed I’d go to, however I’ve additionally been to locations that some haven’t set foot in both.

Magical, adventurous, scary locations between the pages of the a whole bunch of books that lined the partitions of the house I grew up in.

This summer time you could not have saved up sufficient but for that household journey to Japan (the place it appears half of the Philippines is at any given time this previous yr!) or to the US or Europe however the subsequent smartest thing is to learn a ebook and get your children to do the identical. There are so many issues to discover from how the characters react to their conditions to the individuals of their surroundings and most particularly, the locations they go to—that it’s nearly such as you visited the place your self.

One day quickly, your loved ones and you’ll journey for actual however within the meantime, seize a ebook, get comfortable, and benefit from the journey!

Disclaimer: The views expressed listed here are solely these of the creator in her personal capability and don’t in any means signify the views of, or some other entity of the Inquirer Group of Companies.


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