I've been given one of those award/tag types of things by Cooper. Who had GREAT books on his list and also tagged Lime, and she had some of my favorite books on her list too.
Also, neither of them followed the rules (list 5 books) so I feel better about my inability to do so.
Here is my first choice.
It is, um, a multi-volume poetry anthology, yeah, that's the ticket.
I still need to add a couple books to the set, but I am still pretty happy with it.That is book #1.
Book #2 The Scarlet Pimpernel.
This is a book my mom read to us at bedtime over the course of a month or so and it carried me away completely in a way that is hard to describe. I was about 13 at the time, and loved this story beyond any comprehension.
Book #3 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Strictly speaking, I am referring to the first of the 5 books in the trilogy, but I find the entire set transporting.
A non-fiction collection of essays might seem an odd inclusion on a list of books for people who refuse to live in the real world, but if anyone could write essays that transport me from the real world, it's David Foster Wallace.
# 4 Consider the Lobster
#5 The Baroque Cycle
Although this is classified as sci-fi it is some of the best historical fiction ever, and it is total geeknip (like catnip, but for geeks). If you are looking to be transported for a couple weeks, this is a great way to do it (each book is approximately 1,000 pages). Stephenson definitely creates a world for his readers, in all his books, and by the way, I really sort of wanted to include a couple others in this list, but decided to just go with this. Alternately, if this is just too geeky for you, you can get your transportation away from the real world time-travel-y style via Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
I am not super into the tagging thing, but
if you want in on this action, consider yourselves invited.