I think it’s safe to say the world has gone a little bit insane. COVID is a serious problem (I work in a medical school and it’s been kind of a disaster in a lot of ways). As is the fact that people can’t get toilet paper. This situation is stressful for a lot of people, whether it has to do with your health – or that of your loved ones – or work or finances, it’s kind of a lot, and something we haven’t experienced before. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane, but, in the meantime, I thought I’d suggest some books I love that provide an escape from the real world. Because I think every one of us could use a distraction.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
One of the best ways to distract yourself from the modern world is (obviously) fantasy. And one that I absolutely love is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Don’t let the length scare you, this is a fairly quick read. I flew through it in about three days. Bonus: there is a sequel AND the third (and final) book is scheduled to be released this year. So, if you become a little obsessed, you won’t have long to wait for the finale.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I love Taylor Jenkins Reid. Not only is she a great person (I’ve met her and can attest to this fact), she’s a fantastic writer. And I think Daisy Jones is a fantastic option if you’re looking to escape the current craziness and drop right into 1970s rock n roll. I love these characters and the story so much, I’ve already read it twice. And it’s barely been out a year. The book is brilliant, and the audiobook is fantastic (I have experienced both, separately). So, regardless of the format you choose to read this in, you won’t regret it.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Now, if you want a little bit of magic, but aren’y really a high fantasy person, definitely read The Night Circus. Even if you’ve already read it. I’ve read it three times now and it does not get old. I love the characters and the magic and the setting. It’s been one of my favorite books since before I started this blog, and I honestly don’t think that will ever change.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Yes, I know this is a thousand-page historical fiction novel about a cathedral. And I am aware this does not sound exciting. But what’s more distracting than characters that will cause you so much anxiety you literally cannot put down said thousand-page novel? And that this is HEAVY (the audiobook is also great, so if you don’t feel like lugging around a book larger than your head, there’s an alternative). This book destroyed me and I’m still thinking about it a year later. Another absolute favorite book. If you like historical fiction, this is a must-read.
Every Heart a Doorway (and the rest of the Wayward Children series)
Yes, I know this series is pretty long, BUT the books are very short. So just think of it as one big book (or a couple regular-sized books). Also, this series can be read out of order (though I do recommend reading Every Heart a Doorway first). Each one follows different characters to a different world, and they are all absolutely fantastic. If you’re in the mood to fly through a series that is literally about escaping our world, you need to read this.
I’m sure I could add about a hundred books to this list, but no one wants to read through all those (and also I would like to go to bed soon). Hopefully you enjoyed this post and are staying safe (at a safe social distance) with some great books.
And, since I am working from home, I’d like to try something a little different this week:
Leave a comment letting me know what kind of book you’re looking to escape into, and I’ll give you a personalized recommendation!