I have been meaning to put together a list of books that are great mental escapes. Should, you know, find yourself in the middle of a pandemic and unable to concentrate while reading as you normally would.
I’m including a brief description! Trying to remember But I went through every book I’ve read since college and only pulled books I really loved that were light and easy on the mind.
A scandal involving two teens and a Snapchat photo divides a town and their families. I couldn’t put this one down. The plot moves quickly, you’ll be pulled into the drama and won’t be able to put it down.
This is definitely skewed towards young adult, but it’s so good!!!! Imagine if America had been formed as a monarchy and not a democracy. This book follows the next lineup of America’s royal family. Lots of teen drama. It’s Gossip Girl meets all things Royal.
Could not put this down! Even if you watched the series on HBO, I recommend reading the book too! It’s even better. Family secrets, mom drama, romance, murder. This book has a bit of everything.
A chef from Boston finds herself unemployed and living in Vermont. It’s extra cozy with major Gilmore Girl vibes.
If you pick one from the list, I vote for this one!!! This is about a fictional band from the 70s and it reads so real you might find yourself Googling the band (…. I did hahah). Interviewing all of the band members in present day, the book tries to get to the bottom of why they broke up.
I was obsessed with this book. It takes place in Maine and a widow ends up letting her male best friend’s friend (a cursed pro baseball player) live in the basement apartment of her house. I thought the characters felt so… normal. They’re not perfect and they’re also not blatantly flawed. Also pretty steamy without being raunchy.
I’ll read anything by Kristin Hannah. I actually can’t remember the details of this. (Not huge into re-reading but now I want to– it’s been seven years since I read it!) It’s really about female friendship and a rollercoaster of emotions.
I almost didn’t include this because the first bit was hard for me to get into, but once I did, I could not put this book down. It’s worth getting through the first 30 or so pages. Trust me!!! As the title suggests, the main character of the book hits it off with a guy who ends up completely ghosting her. She can’t give it up though and is desperate to figure out who this mystery man is.
Trust. Me. This. Is. Good. It’s technically like a fan-fiction with the main character a (very) thinly veiled Harry Styles. A mom of a teen daughter ends up in a relationship with him and, well, you’ll have to read it to know what happens. VERY sexy and well-written. I could NOT put it down.
Anything by Elin Hilderbrand would be a great pick for right now, but The Perfect Couple is one of her best books. I thought the character development was great here. It’s a bit of a murder mystery after a body turns up and many wedding guests could be likely suspects.
If you’re missing NYC, this could be a great pick for you. It follows various characters and their intertwined lives with Manhattan as a backdrop. I LOVED this book.
I just mentioned this book in last week’s post about what I read in April. I read the sequel, but if you haven’t had the chance to read the first one DO IT. The book is kind of about Kate Middleton and William (and Harry!), but if Kate Middleton had been an American. (Which is kind of crazy because it was published in 2015… before Harry and Meghan got together.)
This is a little dark, but I promise you won’t be able to put it down. If you want more of a mystery, this is for you. It takes place on an elite college campus. Friendships, romance, and many secrets. (And a murder, naturally.)
This is a bit more literary– it’s slow without too much of a plot. But it’s an escape. A family vacations in Mallorca one summer– family drama, secrets, Read it for the descriptions though– it’s like taking a trip without having to get on a plane.