There are few better ways to escape reality than within the pages of a book.
Words truly can transport us to other worlds, or at least, distract us from our own for a little while.
Whether you’re feeling stressed by the news, wanting to escape online work for a few hours or just looking for some new reads, I’ve compiled a list of YA reads, classics, literary fiction (and more!) to help you escape during lockdown.
**This was one of the first truly escapist books I read, a few summers ago. Its dreamy setting and languorous storyline is perfect to get you dreaming of Summer (and better days!).
** Caraval’s exquisite fantasy setting (along side some pretty juicy romance) is the perfect remedy to lockdown blues (not to mention, it’s one of my absolute favourites!).
** In terms of escaping reality for a little while, there really is nothing better than a classic like Lord of the Rings. and its length means you’ll be stuck in it for quite a while!
** I first watched the movie Crazy Rich Asians on a plane to Malawi, Africa. I was leaving for a 4-week expedition and it was both a terrifying and exilerating point in my life. I read the book following my return whilst on holiday in France.
Even without my personal circumstances, the setting of Crazy Rich Asians- the crazy rich scene of Singapore- makes it the perfect escapist book (and it’ll get you feeling like Summer).
** My favourite book of all time tends to make a lot of appearances here on the blog. But it really does deserve to be in this post!
Set around a circus that travels the world (what could be more escapist than that?) and only performs at night, The Night Circus is the perfect mix of magic, whimsy and romance.
** If you enjoyed The Night Circus (or even if you didn’t), The Starless Sea is another glittering read to escape normality and enter a world of mysterious doors, different worlds and magical bees.
Are you currently experiencing lockdown and wanting to escape? Will you be picking up any of the books from the list? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or you connect with me on any of my social medias @wanderingthroughlit.