Friday, 20 March 2020

My Favourite Books that Help Me to Escape the World

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

21 comments:

  1. May I steal your idea? I love it! (I'll definitely link back to you, of course!)
    And 100% Twilight is great escapist literature.

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    1. Absolutely! I’d love to read your post :)

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  2. This is a great concept for these days. We all need a little escape!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  3. I've never really understood books as 'escapism'... it's no criticism on people who use them this way! Honestly!!! I'm so happy lots of people can use them for escapism! It's just... I've never understood it *shrugs*

    To me books have always been an explanation, a filter, an interaction with, and an understanding of, the real world - that's not saying that I'm one of the people reading a certain type of dystopian right now. I'm def. not - that would f**k my head up something awful! But... we've always used to stories to understand things that are too big to face raw, y'know? It's also v. possible that I'm making no sense at all right now! Sorry XD

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    1. I get that. For me, when books are so deep into fantasy or something that seems so far-fetched, I find it hard to understand how they can reflect our world. To me, it’s nice to dive into a world that I know realistically can’t happen in real life XD

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    2. Ha, I'm Welsh (you may've noticed, lol!) - makes it a little harder to discount the fantastical when the country's built on myth and magic ;) I mean, Merlin was born here - how do I deny that?! Not that I'd want to discount it anyway. <3

      Besides, people are people, and emotions are emotions - that's the bit that'll always be true, no matter how un/believable the rest is. Different strokes for different folks - whatever works for you is always the way, I just've always seen stories as something that live in their own right. Again, that's a Welsh thing - the honour of bards, and all that! :)

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    3. Fair enough! Also, you’re Welsh?! I had no idea XD

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    4. I know, I rarely mention it ;)

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  4. Great minds think about and all that, we posted the same sort of post on the same day. :) I love The Selection and The Raven Boys, and I agree, they are wonderful escapist reads.

    Oh, I'm so glad you reminded me of Crazy Rich Asians! I really loved the first book (and the movie) and I need to continue the series. I've already bought the sequels, so nothing's in my way, haha.

    Great post, Emily! :)

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    1. I noticed we both had the same idea! The more recommendations, the merrier :D The second book in Crazy Rich Asians is a great continuation.

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  5. What a great post idea! I know I am definitely looking for some escapism at the moment.
    I have been meaning to read Three Dark Crowns for so long, so I am glad to have reason to read it.
    I’ve also been feeling like I need a Twilight movie marathon lately - I just know it would make me feel a bit better, haha. So, no judging here!
    - Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical

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    1. Twilight is always a good idea! I hope you get a chance to read Three Dark Crowns soon!

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  6. This is such a great post for the situation right now. I am actually rereading Twilight in self-quarantine! Plus I recently finished Song of Achilles and ADORED it. I had to try and stop myself from crying in public at the end.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Also glad someone shares my appreciation for Twilight haha.

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  7. I think if there was ever a time to re-read Twilight, this is it ;)

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  8. I'm totally with you, during trying times like this, going back and reading your favorites is such a great way to help cope and not get overwhelmed! Just might have to post about my go-to books as well... XD

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    1. I would love to hear your recommendations! Wishing you well :)

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  9. I read the Twilight series when I was 11 and absolutely loved it hahahaha. I don't know how to describe it in English, but in Filipino we say "kilig" (butterfly feelings in the tummy 'cause of too much cuteness). :) That series made me feel that.

    I read the Selection (first book only), but I will re-read it and finish the series hopefully :) Also I've been wanting to read To All The Boys for so long. I watched the Netflix movies too!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. You should totally read To All the Boy’s! Those books are so easy to get through, and I think will
      also achieve the cuteness feeling you mentioned :)

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