‘Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.’ — Jeanette Winterson
I’ve never liked the real world all that much. I never quite fit in, always thought the doors were much too straight and the roads much too windy. That’s why i never tend to stay here for very long at a time, I prefer to drift in and out as I feel necessary. I can take you with me, if you’d like…
Ever since I was young I have loved fantasy books. It started with the classic fairytales read to me at bedtime, then it became Harry Potter under the sheets with a torch at 1am. Now? Now it’s anything i can get my hands on whenever I have a spare moment. I’ve fought dragons on the bus and done deals with demons in the local park. It’s not my escape, it’s my school.
I sometimes feel like these books are my armour, when the real world gets a bit too much i retreat inside their pages and let them teach me more about bravery. I let them strip me down and absorb me until I’m ready to come back. That little bit stronger then before.
So here are some of my favourite fantasy books, for when I want to run away…
Harts Hope – Orson Scott Card
Abhorsen – Garth Nix
Uprooted – Naomi Novik
The Book of Air and Shadows – Michael Gruber
The Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
Let me know what you love to read as an escape and maybe we can run away together….