The best books that provide you with a perfect escape into a different reality

Who am I?

I have a crazy theory. I believe that the worlds and characters created by writers are much more than just a product of someone’s imagination. We all possess unlimited creative power (something that most of us take for granted). So what if I told you that all the characters, worlds, realities, and dimensions, ever created in writing or other forms of art, came to life somewhere in this endless Universe? That’s what I write about. Fascinating worlds and realms that exist out there. Lucky travelers that were granted a chance to visit those worlds. It’s what I’m most drawn to as a reader. Because it makes me one of those lucky travelers.


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Follow the Hummingbird

By Elena Carter,

Book cover of Follow the Hummingbird

What is my book about?

Tina Thompson, a young and disillusioned widow, finds a pathway to different worlds and realms through her dreams. Using magical amulets entrusted to her, she must find the courage to face a dark and menacing ancient force that threatens to consume her soul.

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The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig,

Book cover of The Midnight Library

Why this book?

The Midnight Library is a book that will change you. Not only does it take you on a mind-blowing journey—from which you will not return to being the same version of yourself—it will give you a whole new perspective on your own life. 

What would have changed if you had made a different decision? If you had taken a different path or opened another door? Can you still do it? Are you the one who holds the keys to your own destiny?

It will make you think, it will make you ask questions, sometimes rather uncomfortable ones. And most importantly, it will make you answer them.


Good Omens

By Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman,

Book cover of Good Omens

Why this book?

When angels and demons are playing a game in which the fate of humanity is at stake, what can ordinary mortals do?

In this particular case, just sit back and enjoy the ride. 

When two incredibly talented authors join their efforts and produce a masterpiece of a book—beautifully written and bursting at the seams with humor—all you can do is keep turning the pages. Because you won’t be able to put it down. 

Especially when the main characters’ charisma is through the roof.

You might have watched the series (that’s how I discovered this story, in fact), but even if you did, I highly recommend you to read the book. It’s a totally different experience.


Realm: The Adventures of Lily Monroe

By Jessica Cantwell,

Book cover of Realm: The Adventures of Lily Monroe

Why this book?

Have you ever felt out of place? Like you don’t belong in this world? 

That’s how Lily Monroe used to feel—until she discovered she was right. 

When Lily is thrown into a parallel world filled with magic, mythological creatures, and people with amazing superpowers, she embarks on a rollercoaster of a journey and takes you along. 

She finds family. She finds loyal friends. And maybe even love.

I highly recommend all three books of the Realm Saga. In fact, after you read the first one, you’ll definitely want to read the rest, and you won’t regret it.


Needlework

By Bekah Berge,

Book cover of Needlework

Why this book?

The world-building in this masterfully written story is truly exceptional. And you’ll fall in love with the characters too.

Needlework is full of action, adventure, unexpected twists and turns, and lots of music. I absolutely loved the song texts interwoven in the story. 

The author created an outstanding atmosphere that you will happily lose yourself in. As the heroes join the music festival that takes them on a journey throughout the realm, which is about to be torn apart by a war in which they will be forced to pick sides, the readers learn all about their conflicted past and can’t help but genuinely empathize with them.


The Forest: A Tale of Old Magic

By Julia Blake,

Book cover of The Forest: A Tale of Old Magic

Why this book?

Set in a small English village by an ancient forest, this book is unlike any story I have ever read. 

And after reading it, you’ll probably never look at forests the same way again. 

Masterfully written, filled with intricate immersive descriptions, The Forest takes you on a wild ride, dark and rather spooky at times. The ancient forests reveals its old tales and legends to the main characters, and we get to watch the story of an old curse unfold along with them. The curse that affected generations. The story that is full of secrets, betrayal, countless, heartbreaking moments; yet at the same time, the light of hope and faith shines through, all the way to the beautiful tear-jerking ending.


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