I understand that everyone nowadays is pretty much just looking for ways to escape. Escape the news, escape the anxiety, escape to a world we can call our own. I figured I would share some of my favourite books that achieve just that. Some of these are really light-hearted, fluffy reads. Others more dramatic, with vast fantasy worlds. But I promise you, none have to do with the main topic of conversation that has consumed everyone's minds. So, if you're feeling isolated and need something to take your mind off of things, here are my recommendations:
1. The To All the Boy's I've Loved Before series by: Jenny Han
This book series is no-brainer. If you're looking for a fluffy romance with a very lovable lead, this series is for you. The bi-racial main character accidentally sends love letters to her former crushes. Then, she must fake date one of them in order to make his ex jealous. It's so sweet.
2. The Selection series by: Kiera Cass
If you're into princesses and The Bachelor reality show, this is for you. A handsome prince is looking for a bride, so he enlists girls from all over the country to apply and fight for his hand. It's fabulous, and full of OTP's.
3. When Dimple Met Rishi by: Sandhya Menon
This YA rom-com is super diverse! Dimple is a badass Indian teenager who finds out she has been arranged to Rishi. Chaos ensues. It's awesome.
4. The Three Dark Crowns series by: Kendare Blake
This fantasy series features three sisters who all carry a specific gift of magic. The kicker is, only one of them can be queen of their land. It's up to them to fight to the death for the crown. The writing is beautiful, and the twists will shock you.
5. Crazy Rich Asians by: Kevin Kwan
If you're looking for a hilarious romantic comedy about wealthy Asian families, this one's for you. You will fall in love with the characters, and with Kwan's funny footnotes.
6. The Raven Boys series by: Maggie Stiefvater
This urban fantasy series is so unique! When Blue finds out that a mysterious group of boys in her town are looking for the ley line, she jumps on the case. Not to mention she comes from a family of psychics, and she's got a dangerous fortune weighing on her chest. You will fall in love with the characters.
7. The Song of Achilles by: Madeline Miller
For the Greek mythology lover. This book is a retelling of the story of Achilles and Patroclus. It's got romance, fighting, and beautiful writing about ancient Greece.
8. Anne of Green Gables by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
The perfect escapist novel. This book takes place in the PEI countryside during the 1870's. Anne is an adorable orphan who comes to live with the cranky Marilla Cuthbert. It's so heartwarming.
9. The Famous Five series by: Enid Blyton
Technically these are children's books, but honestly I would read them now. It's an extensive adventure series featuring five children who solve mysteries. The books all have great descriptions of setting, and always make me want to travel to the English countryside.
10. The Twilight Saga by: Stephenie Meyer
Judge all you want. But you're telling me that a cheesy romance about sparkly vampires and sexy werewolves isn't the perfect distraction? I'm sorry, but you can't deny that this series will take you on a journey.
So, those are my recommendations for books that will surely help to take your mind off of things. If you have any recommendations, please share them with me! I am most definitely looking for new books to latch onto during these times. I would love to know your favourites.
Emily @ Paperback Princess