It’s a brand-new year! And while we may be done with 2020, it might not be done with us. There’s a saying that goes “when the world’s on a timeout, books are there for you.” Never has that been more true than during the last year. Books turned out to be a great antidote to our challenging reality, and they continue to be.
People turn to books for many reasons. The great thing about them is that you can always find one that speaks to you. Sometimes we want an excellent story or to inhabit a character or setting completely different from our own. Sometimes we’re looking for truth, or we want to learn something new or expand our experiences. And then sometimes we simply need a book to take us away—far, far away—so we can escape our present reality. These are those kinds of books.
Each of these reads will spirit you away—one to a bygone era when people came together in support of a cause, one on an epic and touching adventure around the world, and one that will take you out of your world entirely. Enjoy!
Andrea Wyant and Kate Prestwood are with the Collection Services team at Douglas County Libraries. Books have been their great escape since childhood, and now they are mostly smitten with audiobooks. One of Andrea’s favorites is “Daisy Jones and the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and a favorite of Kate’s is “Emergency Contact” by Mary H.K. Choi. As audiobook aficionados, they particularly fancy those read by Jim Dale.
The Jane Austen Society
Escape to the tiny English village of Chawton around the time of the Second World War. In this charming story, eight otherwise unrelated people forge a relationship while trying to save the house at which Jane Austen last lived. For fans of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”
Want to go for a ride? Follow the true adventures of 30-year-old Dean Nicholson on a bicycle trip around the world with his travel companion, a rescue cat named Nala. The heartwarming story of this internet-famed friendship is the perfect escape.
The House in the Cerulean Sea
Travel out of this world with Linus Baker as he embarks on an adventure to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where he meets an unforgettable cast of characters that give his life unexpected meaning.