The best books to take you completely out of your world and immerse you into theirs

Who am I?

I’ve spent much of my life living in magical realms in my head. I realized at a very young age that our mind is a secret space we all get to keep for our own use. We can imagine new worlds, recreate our favorite characters, or live alternate lives all within our daydreams and imagination. However, sharing the magic we feel in our headspace is harder than we imagine. The perfect sentiments/feelings in our minds are often lost on paper, but some authors manage to share their headspace flawlessly. Every day, I write my novels/blogs in hopes that someday, people can join and experience my fantasy worlds the way I do.

I wrote...

The Game Plan

By Alisha Sehgal,

Book cover of The Game Plan

What is my book about?

“Sam always wondered why her mind control powers were called The Gift. They seemed more like a curse, if anything. She had been on the run now for seven years because of them.”

The Game Plan follows five children of the devil and an angel as they navigate life on Earth with magic. Each sibling represents an element: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Time. After losing both parents, the youngest four struggle to escape their eldest brother who craves The Gift, a power of mind control nobody understands but everyone wants. Sam Bleu, the youngest, finds herself on the run, needing to master her powers without ever revealing that she, in fact, was the one to receive The Gift.

The books I picked & why

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The Titan's Curse

By Rick Riordan,

Book cover of The Titan's Curse

Why this book?

This is the first book I remember feeling so immersed into that I forgot I was reading. Many of Riordan’s books have that effect on me, but The Titan’s Curse especially brought me into the modern era of Greek Heroes and mythological characters. I remember this book as if I’d been there and lived through it.

For everyone who lost their love of reading while drowning in homework and chores, this is the book to revive it. I have never felt so intimately drawn into a book and never wanted to remain in the world as badly as when I first finished this book and raced to the nearest location of the next in the series.

The Giver

By Lois Lowry,

Book cover of The Giver

Why this book?

When you first start reading this novel, you forget the rules of the society you currently live in. You begin to live through the eyes of Jonas as he learns about human behavior, pain, and pleasure. In many ways, you begin to realize that you never understood these emotions until you were immersed in the world Lois Lowry paints so beautifully for you.

If you are looking for a book to introduce you to dystopian writing, this is the book to read. You will leave understanding your own world better after taking an intense, but quite gripping, journey into theirs.

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins,

Book cover of The Hunger Games

Why this book?

The Hunger Games is one of the few books that can make a reader of any age truly immerse themselves and come out questioning the society we live in. While being entertained by the insane society of the future, we begin to realize that our own reality is not so far off and our own society is not so much nicer.

Collins truly gives another meaning to life imitating art as once you read this book, you never fully let go of the world and the lessons it teaches about your own world.

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

By Laura Esquivel,

Book cover of Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

Why this book?

Magical realism is a gift of the world that most people never learn about. This book was one of my first introductions to magical realism and I’ve never related to characters and emotions that I personally have no connection or relation to more than in this book. You can feel the words on the page come to life and overcome you as you read.

The book combines an outlandish plot with very real-world emotions. This works to have readers escape into an unfamiliar world with the familiarity of their own lives.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

By Amanda Lovelace,

Book cover of The Princess Saves Herself in This One

Why this book?

This book mixes prose and poetry and breaks every rule of writing a novel that one can imagine, but in doing so, it brings you into the author’s world so deeply, that you forget that you are reading or that you haven’t even met her.

This is the first book that I started and finished in one sitting. Many readers remember that first and how amazing it feels to indulge in a book without interruptions. The author portrays emotionally heavy issues and comments on society while completely entertaining the reader. If you want to fall into a fictional work of art all inspired by the author’s real life, but learn something at the same time, this book is for you.

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