The Great Escape

Sometimes, it would be nice to just get away.  Whether it's a crowded bus, a long wait at the doctor's office, a delayed flight, or just a cold, grey day, we all know exactly what it's like to wish you could be somewhere—anywhere!—else.

Thankfully, a good book, or audiobook, can be just the ticket you need to transport yourself to long ago times, imaginary worlds, or just into someone else's shoes for a little while.  Here are some of our booksellers' recommendations for making that great escape.

 


 

Jodie recommends: "Anything in the Fantasy genre.  It allows me to imagine new worlds, meet new people, and explore the unknown.  Sometimes it gives me insight into the real world and solutions to my own problems.  Recently, I've read A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden.  He takes readers on a journey back to the savage lands of Scandinavia in this historical fantasy with a vibe similar to Beowulf. More than just an grim adventure story, this book touches on belief and what it means to be human.  Another great one is The Bird King by G. Williow Wilson.  Historical fantasy set in a fictional Middle East, where forbidden love, as well as magic, can bring about a death sentence. Beautifully written and rendered, Wilson offers up an complex and exquisite world to explore."

   


 

"My favorite escape books take me away to places I've not been, but want to see.  For example, Tangerine is a thriller set in Morocco in the 50s.  It brings school friends Lucy and Alice back together, but is it chance or something more sinister?  And if you can't make it to Italy on spring break, reading Under the Tuscan Sun might be the next best thing.  Frances Mayes treats the reader to the food, wine, and splendid scenery of Tuscany through the pages of this fun read.  Then there's The River, by Peter Heller.  When two friends head out on a canoe trip in Canada they never thought their vacation paddle would turn into a nightmare with danger around every bend. A page turner and a great escape read. —Sandi

    


 

"I love to listen to audiobooks while I'm doing housework.  Somehow it just makes everything else dissolve away.  I always know I'm listening to a good one when I find myself talking aloud to the characters.  Lately, I've been leaning toward more narrative and less overtly fantastical stories, which is a bit unusual for me, but these have been so captivating I can't help but listen."  —Caitlin

 



"When it comes to a good escape book, I'm usually looking for something pretty mindless and fluffy. Romcoms, novellas, and anything I can get through fairly quickly without having to devote too much brain power to is perfect brain candy in these colder nights. (Bonus points for added ridiculousness.)"  —Kendall

     


 

"For me to escape into a book, it has to be totally immersive, whether it's through world-building or just darn good storytelling.  Something so engaging that when I stop reading, it feels like I'm snapping back to reality against my will."  —Anthony