Oklahoma to Virginia and Back in One Day

In theory, it’s possible to make the trip from Oklahoma to Virginia and back in twenty-four hours, especially if you fly. However, it wouldn’t be my preferred way to travel or visit another area.

At one time Tuesday’s on this blog was intended to be about travel. Real travel, going from one place in real life to another and sharing the experience. In actuality, that is harder than expected, despite the fact I tend to be on the go often.

Since real life travel seems to be evading this blog, and since one of the goals for 2019 is to read more, it seemed fitting to share about traveling by book. This way, I’ll be doubly motivated to actually read the books on my list, or that others suggest.

This first read took me from my home in Oklahoma in 2019 to the 1970s hills of Virginia, and to the Big Stone Gap Holler,  a coal mining community. I not only traveled across the country, I also traveled back in time. Andriana Trigiani wrote the book, Big Stone Gap with interesting characters and a good balance of action and description. This is the first book by Adriana Trigiani I’ve read, it won’t be the last. I felt like I was in Big Stone Gap in a different time listening to Ave Marie tell me about her town and the people.

It’s been a long time since I traveled by book. Usually, my attention is divided between the book, what needs to be done and sometimes listening to a podcast. Last night though I turned all my attention to the book. It didn’t disappoint.

Next time I read a book I’ll give it my full attention, it makes the book much more enjoyable. My goal this year is to read a minimum of a book a week, fifty-two books.

I have done reading challenges in the past, one year I did a short story challenge, that didn’t work well. I’ve joined book clubs and always opted out. This year I am part of two real-life reading groups, and I have books recommended to me by others to read.

I don’t have a full list yet, but in no particular order here is the list in progress:

Big Stone Gap – Adriana Trigiani – done

Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

All the Light You Can Not See – Anthony Doerr

Indelible – Karen Slaughter

Tuesday’s with Morrie – Mitch Abrams 

The Traveler’s Gift – Andy Andrews 

When Crickets Cry – Charles Martin 

The Crying Rocks – by Janet Taylor Lisle

The Silver Suitcase – Terri Todd

Paper Bag Christmas – Kevin Milne

Roadkill on the Highway to Heaven – Chanda Pierce

Bare Bones – Kathy Reights

The Lifeboat Clique – Kathy Parks

Primary Justice – William Bernhardt

The Runaway Jury – John Grisham

Bone Slivers – D.E. Chandler 

Over Maya Dead Body – Sandra Orchard

Bring on the Blessings – Beverly Jenkins

That’s only 16, so there’s plenty of room for more books. A few more will be added later this week when I attend the reading groups and get those lists for the year. I realize none of these are new books, with the exception of BONE SLIVERS, which just came out last year.

TUESDAY’S WITH MORRIE and THE TRAVELER’S GIFT have both been out for several years, but I haven’t read them. That’s one of the nice things about books, they don’t go bad, they can be read, or reread years after being written.

Do you plan to read more this year?

Do you have a reading list?

Do you have a book to recommend?


About Nita

Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.
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1 Response to Oklahoma to Virginia and Back in One Day

  1. Katie says:

    So interesting…I never thought about traveling via a book but I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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