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Penny

Delightful, Danielle, and I may take the walk underground myself sometime soon.

iliana

What interesting reads these must be! I can imagine using the Penguin guides too as a companion book for any other fiction reading!

Caroline

These look so wonderful.
I feel an urge to go to London these days anyway...

Stefanie

What a fun project! You could also utilize Google Street view too, then you can actually look around and get an on the street view as you go.

Danielle

Do! Actually feel free to join me--I love walking and this should be great fun. I am only slowing down a bit as I wait for my London map to arrive so I can plot his journey and it will be even more 'visual'!

Danielle

The Penguins are going to be really interesting I think and the topics will vary widely. I have already finished the Penguin for the Victoria Line--compelling but difficult reading since it dealt with underprivileged (mistreated!) children. I think also reading the books in tandem will help me stay on track to keep going with both, too.

Danielle

I would Love to go back to London! If only I wasn't so broke and tickets weren't so terribly expensive to fly overseas. I should really try and be better at saving money. And so far I have liked what I've read--I think this will be a fun book to read (and am always in the mood for good nonfiction).

Danielle

What a good idea--I didn't even think of Google Maps--I can try and navigate and see the real thing! (this may turn into a major time suck--if you'll excuse the crassness of the phrasing--of a project!). But it's going to be fun, too, I think. Not that I really need another project, but you know how it goes.

Liz F

I didn't even know that the Penguin set existed so I must definitely go in search of it. The London Underground has always fascinated me and I do enjoy using it although I suspect that I might not be quite so keen if I had to do a daily commute on it at rush hour (which has frankly terrified me when I have had to do it!)
I always love my visits to London, either to see our son or for work because I can usually get a chance to explore and there is so much to see. I love the little details about the city that don't get mentioned in most guide books so Walk the Lines is definitely going on my wishlist as well!

Janegs

What an absoutely great reading project. I love to walk and would love to not only read these books, but walk the lines as well. It's a great way to really get to know a place.

Armchair traveling is a wonderful adventure--enjoy. Hope you post some travelogues along the way.

cath

Longer ago than I care to remember I embarked on a virtual Trans America walking route. Dutifully I fill in the kilometers I walk, most of the time, daily. Up to now I think my total is between 600 and 700 kilometers which leaves me still in Virginia. On starting I planned to read a book by an author of each state I pass when I am nearing another state. Well, it gives me more than enough time to ponder my choice:).
Your walking project is inviting too!

Danielle

They are such cool little books, but then I am a sucker for any of these little Penguins! When I spotted them last year I had to have them all! The London Underground is so iconic--the design for the map--I even had a mug at one time with it on it (I wonder what I ever did with it...!). I remember using it when I was there years and years ago and thought it so cool, but it must be crazy to commute every day at the height of the rush. Even though I have not traveled there in a Really Long time, I still vividly remember bits about it--and love reading about it or books set there. I think a lot of what he writes about may be over my head, but that still won't lessen my enjoyment. I think I will try and write down references to Google later and then I have a London A-Z map coming that will help visually, too. I think you will like Walk the Lines. I have even finished the first of the Penguins--the one for the Victoria line--slightly harrowing read as it is about disadvantaged London youth (the tie in was--'underground lives' since these are the children who get lost between the cracks--but also very illuminating). I think I will write about each book along with the corresponding book chapter--so just want to finish reading before I talk about it more.

Danielle

I love walking too and always tell myself I need to read some books about walking (not health books but social history/history) and I even have one or two. This was just the right nudge for me to dive in and I think it will be a fun project. I love armchair travel--was in the mood for something and when I spotted this in the stack a lightbulb went on and I knew this was just the book for me right now. So far my favorite (recent) walking city is San Francisco!!

Danielle

You always have the best reading (and other) projects! How do you do the virtual walking tour? And how cool to try and reading a book for each state--that is really a great way to get a feel for a place. I'm excited about this little project. I am halfway through the Victoria Line chapter and have already finished the Penguin book for the Victoria Line!

Bookertalk

What a fabulous idea. Stefanie got in before I did with the suggestion of google earth but that indeed would enrich the experience. You might also want to venture into the Guardian book podlcast which includes a walk around Dickens London

cath

When you Google 'Tools to keep you active' you will find the place where you can make a personal account. I have this electronic thingy which counts my steps (keep it in a pocket while walking) and converts them to kilometers (or mileage) I only use it on my daily walk as that is the time for me to 'excercise'.

Danielle

I'll have to check that out. I have always wanted something to count my steps--I try and get in my 10,000 every day (though some days I do better than others)--maybe I should try the same thing but with Europe (or a country w/in Europe)!

Danielle

In this case--seeing the real thing is a great idea to make the experience richer. Normally I am happy to let my imagination run away with me when I am reading, but since this is a travel sort of book--seeing the places would be nice. Thanks for the heads up on the podcasts--I don't take advantage of them as I should (or of BBC radio which I think has some really terrific shows and resources, too)!

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