Unless you’ve been living off the grid in a cabin, (if so, lucky you) you’re probably aware of what is going on in the world right now. Many people are afraid and anxious because of COVID-19. I hope that you all are taking the self isolation recommendations seriously and only leaving the house when necessary. If you are staying home, there is something you can do to help with the boredom and anxiety… read.
Books have always been a comfort to me. When our world is scary, through books, we can find another world to go to. One of my fellow bloggers, Emily at Book Happy, came up with the idea for #escapestack. An escape stack is the books we would recommend to others to help get their minds off current events. I thought this was a fantastic idea and wanted to share my recommendations. I have quite a few from all different genres; some aren’t pictured above because they’re e-books. I have reviewed almost all of these books and I’ll link to their full reviews. Without further ado, let’s get started!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is the only book(s) on this list that I haven’t reviewed. This collection of stories is technically for children but it will always be calming and comforting to me. I am planning to review them as weekend bonus posts at some point. If you’re home with your kids right now, this would be the perfect choice to read together.
Watership Down by Richard Adams is my favorite book of all time. I can’t think of anything more appropriate to read right now than a story about overcoming adversity and fear. I have reviewed this book, you can read that here, but be aware it’s an old review and not the best.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a fairytale retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” that is atmospheric, creepy and romantic. My review for this isn’t on the blog (it will be Wednesday) but it is on my Goodreads.
Lovely War by Julie Berry is historical romantic fiction with a tiny bit of fantasy mixed in. It’s about love triumphing through tough times and I think that’s a good message right now. You can see my review here.
The Twelfth Transforming by Pauline Gedge is ideal for any of my Egyptian historical fiction lovers. It tells the story of the infamous court of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. It’s a hefty book that will keep you occupied for awhile. You can see my review here.
Another wonderful but hefty historical fiction book is Katherine by Anya Seton. It’s filled with romance and royalty. It’s entertaining while still being historically accurate as it tells the true story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. You can see my review here.
A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is book one of a Christian historical fiction series. The stories take place during Old Testament times and they are truly excellent. You can see my review here.
The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick is book one of a historical fiction trilogy. It tells the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine who is honestly one of the most fascinating women in history. You can see my review here but it’s old and not great.
I have my issues with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas but it’s the perfect fantasy world to get lost in right now. This book is part of an ongoing series and in the New Adult genre. You can see my review here. I kind of hate that review now but it is what it is, lol.
Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood is Sarah J. Maas’ newest release and her best yet. It’s around 800 pages long but I promise, if you love urban fantasy, you’ll love getting lost in this book. It is New Adult and best for mature readers. You can see my review here.
I don’t read much horror because it isn’t really my thing but Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley is a punch to the gut in the best possible way. It’s a novella and a great option for those wanting something quick to read. You can see my review here.
Last but not least is What the Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste. This is such a gritty and bittersweet story. It touches on some pretty tough topics but they’re discussed beautifully. I might have ugly sobbed when I finished it… You can see my review here.
That is all of the books in my escape stack! I would love to know which books you would choose so either tell me below or tag me on Instagram/Twitter. Be sure to use the #escapestack and check out Emily at Book Happy. I hope that all of you stay healthy and feel free to comment below with any of your thoughts about the current events or the books I chose. Thank you for reading and have a great day!