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5 Books To Read If You Need To Escape From Reality

Are you bogged down by Trump and his cronies? Do you need a distraction from the everyday grind that's shortening your height and your life? Have you read Harry Potter and think that nothing can fill your hufflepuff soul? Step on up to see what worlds you can fall into to cope with encroaching reality.

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1. The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

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“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”

If you thought The Hunger games was the end-all-be-all dystopian story, then prepared to be wrong. I know, I'm a lover of the Keeta story too but as a convert let me be the first (or maybe the 10th, I don't know your life) to tell you that RR is pure gold.

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.'

'I live for you,' I say sadly.

She kisses my cheek. 'Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a badass, but his friends/companions are even better. Sevro is a special cinnamon roll that ust be protected! This trilogy broke my soul, lifted my spirits and made my love of space even brighter. It's set in the future when humans have colonized the solar system and starts on Mars. If the current US Political atmosphere doesn't make you want to fly off to Trappist-1, then this series will help give that extra push out of earth's atmosphere and across those few million light-years.

“They pushed and pushed for so long. They knew I was something dangerous, something different. Sooner or later, they had to know I would snap and come to cut them down. Or perhaps they think I'm still a child. The fools. Alexander was a child when he ruined his first nation.”

It's like Star Wars in that it's a space odyssey and violent and has spaceships and Space Dictatorship, but also because it's a testament to the oppressed told in a wonderfully distracting way that keeps your mind off of your own oppression.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

The novel opens with a quote from Oscar Wilde: "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." We all know Oscar was a fabulous man who was an amazing writer, so to use him as an intro, you've got to live up to the hype, and Erin does.

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

The narrative follows a non-linear sequence—shifting at times from present to past, there are a number of allusions to Shakespeare throughout the text: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and As You Like It, and through it all is magical Circus set up by two master magicians who have pitted their young apprentices against each other. The two spend their lives building their magic and eventually creating for each other.

“I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.'

'But you built me dreams instead.”

All in all, it's an amazingly crafted, emotionally intelligent book, which is a nice break from today's current affairs.

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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“We were of the valley. Born in the valley, of families planted too deep to leave even when they knew their daughter might be taken; raised in the valley, drinking of whatever power also fed the Wood."

"I was a glaring blot on the perfection. But I didn't care: I didn't feel I owed him beauty."

If you like grumpy, stolid men and a strong female heroine, this is one for you. I learned, through this book that Dragons are sexy and no one can tell me otherwise. Think Roy Mustang, Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Rochester all mixed together, but Polish. Steeped in the rich Polish folktales of Baba Jaga, this book is new, different and refreshing from the usual special snowflake gooey-eyed romance that permeates today's shelves. The main character makes mistakes, has no political skills, causes a war, and unlike a certain leader, owns up to her mistakes and improves upon them. Along with a strong emotional connection between two female friends as the driving force of the narrative, this book is just well written and wholly original, unlike Melania's speeches.

BUT if you do like romance, and maybe even some sexy-time, this book also has that.

"You intolerable lunatic," he snarled at me, and then he caught my face between his hands and kissed me. I didn't properly think about what was happening even as I kissed him back, my laughter spilling into his mouth and making stutters of my kisses."

Moral ambiguity, ghoulishly creepy Woods, magic, wizards, politics, basically I offer Book Heaven to escape our hellish reality.

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve," Neeve said. "Either you're his true love . . . or you killed him.”

“She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

This book has mean boys, cute boys, dead boys, funny boys, all the boys plus one grumpy girl. Blue is a non-psychic in a house full of women who can see the future in their own unique way. Plus Gansey, aka RCGIII, is the new RG3 and he must be cherished for the wonderful unicorn baby that he is.

“Blue was a fanciful, but sensible thing. Like a platypus, or one of those sandwiches that had been cut into circles for a fancy tea party.”

This series is a tarot enthusiast's dream. Anyone who can successfully use a platypus in a simile is my hero. Maggie is BAE, and you have to read this four book series to find out why. I met her once and she's just as scrappy and self-deprecating and cool in a way I wish I was. Unfortunately, Sean Spicer and I have that in common. It's set in the rural VA countryside (don't worry the characters are people who def would not vote for The Don) and it's different in a way that keeps you guessing and also crying. a lot of crying. There's LGBTQ characters who are free to live their lives with the love of their friends and families, and since they're fictional they get to stay free.

“Fate," Blue replied, glowering at her mother, "is a very weighty word to throw around before breakfast.”

This is one of those that I don't have the words to describe, much like the state of our government, so I let it do the talking for itself. The one thing I can promise is that you won't regret opening this book as much as you do turning on the T.V.

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by S.J. Maas

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If you bought into the Emma Watson B&tB phenom sweeping the nation (except in the deep south where gender is only binary), then you'll probably love this series. I met SJM once at a signing, and while her personality is lacking, her books have a cult following and i'm not one to deny the masses their happiness, unlike a certain president. Plus, chapter 54 in the sequel A Court Of Mist and Fury has all the sexy-time to help release the tension of listening to Don drone on about bigly walls. There's also a bigly magical wall that the main character gets to cross! Breaking down the boundaries between Fae and Humans, yay!

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Ya girl Feyre kills a wolf and has to pay the troll toll and live in the Spring Court forver, oh no! How terrible to have attractive immortal males fawning all over you.

“Because all the monsters have been let out of their cages tonight, no matter what court they belong to. So I may roam wherever I wish until the dawn.”

There are sexy fairies, grumpy men (my fav) and an innocent special snowflake who has to save the world. Much like how Don views himself.

All of these books have all helped me with my grief for our current political disaster in some way shape or form, but don't take my word for it, pick them up yourself. There are more, so if you'd like to dethrone me, I'll be doing my best Cersei impression, holding the position of Book-Nerd-In-Chief until I'm impeached. Hopefully we won't have to wait long for impeaching to become the new fad.

Just keep Reading, just keep reading, just keep reading reading reading, what do we do we reeeaaddd ha ha ho

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