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Escape Into Outlander

I’ve been somewhat depressed, and when I am, I read. I honestly don’t know if its self care or a way for me to withdraw and escape. But I really love reading, and its a relatively new phenomenon. OK, not new exactly, but its only been something I’ve enjoyed in my adulthood.

I credit my love of reading…and I mean LONG books and series…to JK Rowling and Harry Potter. It took me quite some time to get on the Harry Potter bandwagon. Book 4 was just about to come out when my friends finally convinced me to read books 1-3. I fell in love, and the rest is history as “they” say.

My  favorite genres have become historical fiction and fantasy. I’m not so interested in modern times, like I said its all about ESCAPE. And when I want to escape, I despise short books. 300-pagers are just annoying to me. I want to live in a world for as long as I can. So it was kismet when my friend Chris suggested Outlander by Diana Gabaldon several years ago.

MOBY book
Gabaldon is not short-winded, in a good way. The Outlander series now includes 8 books (in the main series), a side series with about 8 short books and novellas, and a couple additional short stories/novellas. The 8th book Written in My Own Hearts Blood just launched June 10th and I had been very eagerly awaiting it for 4 years…FOUR. It did not disappoint. Sadly, I’ve already read the 825-pages of loveliness twice and will now have to wait another 4 years for Book 9, but happily, I’ll have to new Starz Outlander TV Series to tide me over.

The show is launching August 9th and is produced by Ron Moore (former executive producer of another of my faves Battlestar Gallactica). It’s looking so good. Very excited!

I know my current depression will be short lived but its lame, and its hard to find passion when I’m in this state. So I was very happy to have the opportunity to go to a book signing July 1 of Outlander’s Diana Gabaldon at Third Place Books in Seattle. I couldn’t have been more excited if I was meeting JK Rowling or George RR Martin (although I’d probably want to punch him in the face.) LOL.

Diana Gabaldon

Gabaldon was brilliant and funny. Truly a charming and genuine woman, wife, mother, scientist, researcher and novelist. You can see her personality very clearly via her social media and was thrilled to see that carry over in person. By the time my friend Alyssa and I made it up to get our books signed, I was giddy. I thanked her for her beautiful books and told her I had read the book twice already. She responded “I’m glad you liked it the first time,” which I thought was pretty funny. I walked away kind of shaking. John said he’d never seen me that excited and I think he might be right.

If you get the chance I highly recommend her books. They’re a mix between historical fiction (18th Century Scotland), and time travel and romance (but not in a cheesy way.) My friend was originally under the misconception that outlander is dime store romance, but that’s like saying Harry Potter is only a kids book. i.e. Not true at all.

They’re a time commitment but for me that’s cool. Trust me, you’ll want to live with these characters for a long time.

Have you read Outlander?

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About Cristi Comes

Warrior Mom. Wife. Writer. Advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, self care, self image and style. Technology and social media lover. Board of Directors, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. Editorial Team Postpartum Progress.


  1. Julie Ernst says:

    This is soooo me! I read to escape and I just finished a book last night and was planning on getting the 1st book in the Outlander series to start tonight! I JUST found out about the books and I didn’t realize that new Starz series is based on the books! I love historical fiction also! Two of me favorites are The Bronzehorseman & Pillars of the Earth….check em out if you haven’t read them yet

    • I’ve also read Pillars but not Bronze Hirseman, I’ll go check it out, thanks! I need a new book :) I’m so jealous you’ll just be starting Outlander! So much good stuff ahead of you. Enjoy!!

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