All it takes is 5 seconds on social media to know this has been a rough week, regardless of which side of the fence you land on. Or even if you couldn’t care less about the fence.
The bad week blues don’t need to carry over into your weekend though. Here are some of our recommendations from Blaze and friends for the best books to disappear into and give you the escape you need to mentally reset.
1. The Gatekeepers Saga by Eva Pohler:
“I love her spin on mythology and its clean. Not a requirement for my reading enjoyment but I absolutely love this series. I’m obsessed with her characters and even love the spin offs.” -Reader Kerri Simpson
Kris’s Thoughts: I love mythology. Adore it. Lore and legend are especially amazing because at one point it was considered a straight truth. Maybe I am weird, but I have an entire bookcase devoted to just mythology books. Not kidding. Yes, I know that I am abnormal. We have covered this in just about every post I write.
2. The Dragonlance Series by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weiss:
“I like to totally escape into a fantasy world with my large collection of Dragon Lance novels.” -Author Lisa Collicutt
Kris’s Thoughts: Another fantasy! And this one has been on my TBR list for about 5 years now. I should probably get on that. I mean come on, it has dragons in it. Has a bad book with dragons ever been written? I wouldn’t know, because I don’t make a habit of reading bad books!
3. The Belgariad Series by David Eddings:
“The Belgariad it is one of those epic fantasies that just has it all. Every time I read it, it makes me smile and I cant put it down from the first book to the last.” -Reader Perryn Kraft
Kris’s Thoughts: Sensing a theme here…Fantasy trumps reality, especially when reality involves Trump! (or really any politician, I am sooooo done with politics!)
4. The Sage Springs Saga by Hollie Westring
“Honestly, Hollie Westring’s Sage Springs Saga is such a “comfort food” feeling series. Seriously… there needs to be a Sage Springs established somewhere… just have to figure out where to get the ghosts.” -Author Suzanna Lynn
Kris’s Thoughts: I have never read this series, nor have I heard of it, however does the title of this make anyone else immediately think Hot Spring? By title alone it induces daydreams and relaxation!
5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
“Ella Enchanted. It always brings me to my happy place.” -Reader Jessica Rubinkowski
Kris’s Thoughts: This. Yes, I agree with this. Where Cinderella has an entirely worthwhile set of cleaning abilities, Ella has backbone and bite! So obviously I adore her.
6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
“Wuthering heights is my go to for everything.” -Author Kelly Martin
Kris’s Thoughts: Miss Havisham is still the creepiest old bat ever. Honestly, she is nightmare fuel.
7. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
“The Outsiders by SE Hinton. It was the first book I ever read that was about people like me. Different from the Sweet Valley High crap. When I read it now, it’s like visiting an old friend.” -Reader Lorri Shannon
Kris’s Thoughts: Those who do not know Ponyboy have not lived. He may have been my first book crush!
8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.. And no, that’s not a joke. It’s a brilliant piece of American literature that reminds us that great minds express themselves in a wide variety of ways.” -Author Tony Panaccio
Kris’s Thoughts: Dr. Gonzo. Please tell me I am not the only one that snickered at that name? Although I kind of want to read this now just for that alone!
9. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
“As if we could leave the boy wizard off this list, right? Harry Potter isn’t just a comfort because there’s magic in the world, but more because the world IS magic. Everything from the characters to the world building to the prose that has its own magic woven in between every word. For me, as a writer, it’s also JK Rowling’s story. She gives those of us pledging our hearts to the craft hope even on our darkest of days.” -Mara (you know, the lady writing this post!)
“Harry Potter….It gets me in the mood to do battle. Also, any romance. I want to know things turn out right in the end.” -Reader Vikki Perry
“Easy, Harry Potter. I’ve read the first four books 26 times… Same reason I write fantasy, because sometimes you just have to believe the magic is real, and you are part of it.” -Author JD Hallowell
Kris’s Thoughts: Because obviously one quote for Harry Potter just isn’t enough. I kid you not, I reread this series at least once a year… usually more!