“Now there is a clear sense in which all reading whatever is an escape. It involves a temporary transference of the mind from our actual surroundings to things merely imagined or conceived. This happens when we read history or science no less than when we read fictions. All such escape is from the same thing; immediate, concrete actuality.”
C.S. Lewis from “An Experiment in Criticism”
I have always said that if you want to take a quick vacation, anytime or anywhere, just pick up a book. Whether it’s for 5 minutes or 5 hours, you’ll be in a different place and the everyday world will fade away. Always keep a book handy. I do.