The best books if you want to escape this reality for a little bit

The Books I Picked & Why

The Space Between Worlds

By Micaiah Johnson

Book cover of The Space Between Worlds

Why this book?

Even after I wrote my first book about the multiverse, I found myself drawn to reading more and more in this very niche genre. So it takes a lot to surprise me or show me something new in this space. This book had an amazing twist and I couldn’t put it down. The book had several great layered elements which I really enjoyed and I loved seeing the different alter-egos. Seeing such disparate versions of the different characters was really fun and shows the author’s creativity. 

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The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

Book cover of The Midnight Library

Why this book?

I’ve read several of Matt Haig’s books which focus on the topic of time, timelessness, and alternate realities. This is the ultimate “what if” book exploring more than just one iteration of a life. I really liked the very different realities explored and the potential for infinite variety in one’s decisions. 

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A Darker Shade of Magic

By V.E. Schwab

Book cover of A Darker Shade of Magic

Why this book?

This was the first book I read from Schwab and it got me hooked on her entire catalog. I liked the novel way of exploring different versions of London and the potential for magic in the world (or another world.) I got lost in this series and wanted to stay in the Red London even longer. I love finding a book and a series that I can get lost in. I highly recommend checking out this series (and the associated comics) to escape for a little while. 

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The Other Me

By Sarah Zachrich Jeng

Book cover of The Other Me

Why this book?

This was the first alternate reality book I read the incorporated the idea of a start-up business and a phone app as a means of visiting or revising a reality. (Oops… spoiler.) It was a unique way to imagine a world where a select few could revise their days, weeks, or even years and the consequences to those who they know and the ripple effect in their lives. 

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Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch

Book cover of Dark Matter

Why this book?

If you have ever thought about “what if?” in terms of your own life decisions then Dark Matter will give you even more questions to ponder. It is the pinnacle of the multiverse and alternate reality fiction. I wanted to read this book and be able to say “ugh, overrated.” But not, it is appropriately rated, it is excellent! 

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