The best books to escape into another world

The Books I Picked & Why

Outlander

By Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

Why this book?

I was swept away by the drama, trauma, and the magical situation that placed a woman way back in historical Scotland. The writing was amazing and evocative, allowing me to see and experience the world she was giving us a peek into. The research was thorough. But mostly it was the romance and characters of Claire and Jamie that captured my attention.


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On the Edge

By Ilona Andrews

On the Edge

Why this book?

This is a second series for the writing team of Ilona Andrews. Though I do like the Kate Daniels series, like so many others, I liked the world here a little better. Each book focused on a different couple, and the two main characters felt real in a fantasy landscape full of nightmares and danger.


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Creatus

By Carmen Desousa

Creatus

Why this book?

Carmen has created a more “ordinary world” in which extraordinary people exist in the shadows. There is romance and danger and suspense, but I like that there’s no graphic violence here. Each book in this series focuses on a different couple.


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First Frost

By Sarah Addison Allen

First Frost

Why this book?

This book is also set in an ordinary world in a small Georgia town (I think it’s Georgia!), with an extraordinary family whose lineage has women with magical powers. The townsfolk know about the “odd” family, but they aren’t wholly shunned. Each woman has her own vulnerabilities and life journey. I loved the magic and cranky apple tree!


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The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death

By Annie Kagan

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death

Why this book?

This is an outlier book here, the “true” story about a man who led a rather messy life, was killed in an accident, and communicated with his sister from the other side. The core messages are uplifting: we never really die, and no matter the mistakes we make in our life here, we are always loved and on track with our soul’s journey and growth. 


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