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#Faraway Wrap up: Twitterchat recommendations

June 28, 2013

This month’s theme was #faraway. You can view the whole discussion on ReadWatchPlay Storify #faraway. Participants were  faraway -from Sydney, that is,  including Townsville, New Zealand,  Denmark, Singapore and Sweden.  Fantasy novels, folk tales, romance, paranormal, science fiction, crime, historical, time-travel,  travel, travel guides and even the Tour de France was mentioned. #Faraway was defined in many ways:

  • “But think that all books I read are #faraway reads because they take me away from my reality”@Sharonu
  • “How far away does something have to be to be faraway? Not a matter of distance but how we look at things”.@ReadWatchPlay
  • “Glad to be faraway from unpleasant central character in Perfume” @SherreyQ
  • “Travel, including documentaries “Love to watch docos of #faraway landscapes I’ve visited and dream of visiting those I’ve watched eg Coast (UK)” @sherreyQ
  • “Travel guides “in NZ we are cold and dreaming of warmer climes – travel guides issuing well!” @nixread
  • “I often read websites for #faraway travel suggestions, like national parks sites and so on’ @ellenforsyth
  • “I read so many English stories/watched English shows that I feel like I’ve already been there” @townsvillelib
  • “Maps are all about the #faraway places I haven’t been yet. I look at roads & pick ones that look like fun to ride” @catyj
  • “This past week my #faraway reads have featured zombies, aliens, demons, trolls, dwarves, chimera, seraphim, & the occasional human” @catyj
  • Of course my bottom line #faraway read will always be my atlas (okay so I’m a bit of a map freak) @Catyj

Read on to discover lots of  faraway authors, books, T.V shows, movies, games and more!


William Dalrymple

“William Dalrymple is interesting as he can take one to a faraway time as well as a faraway place” @readwatchplay

Patrick Rothfuss  “I like Patrick Rothfuss – as his ideas are a mix of#faraway and other and he has some amazing stories” @#ellenforsyth

Jane Austen

Bronte sisters

Neal Stephenson

Irvine Welsh

George R.R Martin

C.J Box

Lee Child

Harry Potter

Arthur C.Clarke

Ursula De Guin

Matthew Reilly

H.G Wells

Sara Douglass

Brent Weekes

Neil Gaiman

John Scalzi

David Weber

Bill Bryson

William Shakespeare

 Fiction Titles

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Where’d you go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

The Time Travelers wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Lord of the Rings by J.R R. Tolkien

The Littles and the big storm by John Laurence Peterson

Many coloured land series by Julian May

Ghost train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux

His dark materials by Philip Pullman

The royal Physicians visit by Per Olov Enquist  (Tiina Nunnally Translator)

River of smoke by  Amitav Ghosh

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

A place called here by Cecelia Ahern

 Star Trek titles

The Wizard of Earthsea trilogy by Ursula De Guin

Belgariad series by David Eddings

Sydney tales by Ruth Park

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Wheel of Time by Robert

Name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B Yehoshua

Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin

Dragon riders of Pern by Anne Mc Caffrey

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

No. 1 Ladies detective agency by Alexander McCall- Smith

44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall- Smith

Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Going postal by Terry Pratchett


The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats

Children’s books

Noddy series by Enid Blyton

Haroun and the Sea of stories by Salman Rushdie

Jim Button and Luke the engine driver by Michael Ende

The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Enchanted Forest series Enid Blyton

Picture Books

Ali Mitgutsch- “wonderful picture stories that you can experience along with the kids.” @vaettr  Robin Dresel

Christian Epanya

Dr Seuss Books- One fish, two fish, The Lorax

Television and film

Global Village


Under the Dome (Stephen King TV series)

The Bill


Star Trek

National Geographic Travel series

Sherlock Holmes (both US and UK versions)

Coast (UK)

Time Team

Dr Who

Hamish Macbeth

Great gardens of the World (TV Series)


Harry Potter

The Avengers

Hunger Games

Lord of the Rings


13th Warrior

The Searchers

Alien (quadrilogy)

The Sound of music

The Princess Bride

Pirates of the Caribbean


Documentaries featuring:

David Attenborough

Python Hunter


ReadWatchPlay Pinterest boards

How Napoleon’s semaphore telegraph changed the world

Unique Faraway libraries

Waterboys singing Yeats -“The stolen child” (youtube)

Online literature: The stolen child

Thoughts on the Faraway Tree”  ReadWatchPlay blog post


The Hobbit

Map of imaginary Malgudi

Peek into the past of humanity




Bio Shock

Assassin’s creed

The theme for the July Twitterchat is #artread.

While you are reading, playing or watching for #artread, you might like to tweet about it using #faraway so that other people can have a conversation with you.  You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too.

There will be a live twitter discussion on 30 July starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.   9.00pm New Zealand  Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time.  Note : this is a staggered start to the discussion.

Use the tags #artread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of artread, so others can join in the conversation too.

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