On a good day, the right book provides an escape from everyday life. But it is 2020, and in these wild times, we could use a good, escapist read now more than ever. A cutesy romance to hasten the slow, lazy afternoons. Maybe twisted mystery to enliven the late night hours. Or perhaps a whimsical fantasy to take you out of your routine and drop you into a brand new world. For those who need a good story to lose themselves in, we have you covered.
Books to Read If You Need an Escape
1. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Vacations are something of a distant dream at the moment. So why not take one with Lina as she travels to Italy? Join her in reconnecting with her estranged father, discovering secrets of her late mother, and perhaps finding sweet romance on the way. Jenna Evans Welch’s summer adventure is one that demands to be devoured in a single sitting.
2. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
If the Italian seashore doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, perhaps the Irish countryside will. Welch’s next adventure finds Addie traveling to Ireland, hoping to escape her own woes. While preparing for her aunt’s extravagant wedding and fighting with family, Addie finds her own possible escape in the form of a guidebook: Ireland for the Heartbroken. Join Addie in a story of healing, escape, and budding romance (hello Rowan, her brother’s cute Irish friend) in a tale as sweeping and magical as the landscapes it shows.
3. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Elisabeth, like us, is no stranger to isolation. Growing up in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, she is intimately familiar with the dangers of sorcery. When one of the library’s most dangerous grimoires, a sorcerer’s mystical text, escapes from the halls of the library, Elisabeth must join with her sworn enemy Nathaniel Thorn to clear her name and uncover a conspiracy dating back centuries. If your rainy evenings in could us some magic, danger, and suspense, be sure to check out this bewitching tale.
4. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
Online life, just like real life, is tough, complicated, and oh so perilous. Halle is the online identity behind a popular YA book blog. Halle has a budding friendship (and flirtation) with Nash. Nash just met Kels, a new senior at school. Kels, it turns out, is the real life creator of Halle and Nash doesn’t know. Kels struggles with her feelings for Nash as well as her own identity, especially because Nash has a crush on Halle. It’s like a love triangle, but this one only has two people. This hilarious and sweet tale of the trials and tribulations of online crushes is the perfect escape read.
5. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
If 2020 is a little overwhelming, how about a little time travel? Esta lives in modern day New York, where magicians are trapped on the island by a dark energy called the Brink. As a thief, she helps retrieve magician artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. Her trick: traveling through time to steal from the past, before the Order even realizes what is happening. In a final mission, Esta must travel back to 1902 to steal a book containing the ancient secrets of the Order. Magic, time travel, secrets: it is everything you could want in an adventure.
6. Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
Time to build your band of rebels; a thief, an officer, and a guardian are here to help you escape to a planet far away. Five hundred years after the founding of Laterre, it has become a planet of both extravagant wealth and widespread poverty, with seeds of unrest and revolt bubbling once more. Revolution is on the horizon, and it will take an unlikely alliance between strangers to change the future of their lives and the planet.
7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple is a recent high school graduate who is smart, talented, and desperate for an escape. Especially from her Mamma’s insistence on finding her an ideal Indian husband. Rishi is a sentimental, endearing romantic ready to fall in love (especially if it is with the future wife his parents have found for him). At a summer program for aspiring web developers, Dimple meets Rishi and the rest is history. Get ready for trouble, laughs, bickering, and romance when you least expect it.
8. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Not to get TOO hyped, but this book has everything: queer romance, a dastardly kidnapping, an escape plan, dragons, a lost prince, rebellion, prophecies, and more! Maren must save her kidnapped girlfriend from the clutches of the emperor’s agents, the Aureti. In a plan that involves stealing one of the emperor’s dragons to storm the Aurati stronghold. But with brewing conspiracies and dangerous prophecies, Maren’s plan may have more in store for the empire, and herself, than she ever could have imagined.