Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wedding Week: An Escape from Reality!

Hello to all of you fabulous Estella's Revenge readers! I'm Rebecca from Love at First Book, where I blog book reviews and bookish things with a smattering of lifestyle/DIY/green living. Andi's in full on wedding/honeymoon mode, and I'm honored to be posting on Estella's Revenge! Today I have some great books to help you escape from various aspects of life, something that Andi might need upon her return back from wedding bliss!

Books to help you escape via Love at First Book
 

Escape from Reality

Books to help you escape 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (my review and Andi's) is a beautifully written book, full of subtlety and description. The Night Circus comes to towns abruptly and leaves the same way, with the hint of magic surrounding the circus.

Escape to a Foreign Land

Books to help you escape 

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is one of my favorite stories about friendship (and foot binding) in China. When Lily and Snow Flower are paired as laotongs in a lifelong sisterhood, their friendship and misunderstandings drive this story and pull at your heartstrings.

Escape from Humanity

Books to help you escape 

 A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is told from a dog's perspective, and takes you on the journey of one dog through many reincarnated lives. He's searching for his purpose. . . will he ever find it? Dog lovers beware, this book requires a box of tissues, but it's worth it!

Escape from the Pressures of Conformity (for the kiddos of the world)
Books to help you escape

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell is a children's book that I used to read to my students (elementary age) when I was a teacher. It's amazing, and all about how Molly Lou Melon is a unique kid, who, when faced with light bullying, is proud of her differences and turns them into positives.
What books do you think make great escape reads?

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Thanks, Rebecca! I think some books are headed to my wishlist! 


14 comments:

  1. Awesome concept for recommending! I love all those books, and pretty much agree with your suggestions. The Night Circus is definitely a good one to read for an escape from reality!

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    2. Thanks, Jillian! I tried to think of books that span a few concepts, both realistic and a little magical. :D

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  2. The Night Circus and Snow Flower are some really fun books! Great recommendations!!

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  3. Thank you, Tif! :D Maybe you can read some escape books when you need an escape from your movers!

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  4. The Night Circus and Snow Flower are books I actually have on my kindle and I still haven't read it. I will have to and I plan on doing so this year (let's hope).

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    1. Mel, those are two of my favorite books in general. You've got to pick them up. You'll love them, especially, I think, The Night Circus because you appreciate beautiful writing.

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  5. The Night Circus is a great escape-from-reality book! I really enjoyed it. The others sound good too. And I have to check out the children's one for my daughter. Thanks, Rebecca!

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    1. Adria, the children's book is one I always read to my students the first week of school. It's a picture book, but I read it to my Kindergarteners and my 5th graders. I don't care if they are 10 and are reading chapter books, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon is a great book to remind them about being proud of being who they are.

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  6. I've been saying I want to read The Night Circus for what... a year now?! Heading over to buy that right now.

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    1. It's so good, Monika. I swear, I NEVER say "the writing is so beautiful" (I'm not mushy gushy and all) but seriously, for The Night Circus, the writing is so beautiful!

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  7. Yaaaaaaaaaay escapism! I want to join The Night Circus. I'm just saying.

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    1. I'm coming with you. We already know you like black and white (penguins. . . )

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  8. I liked The Night Circus a lot! Snow Flower and the Secret Fan sounds really interesting! And Stand Tall definitely sounds like something to get the nieces! Great choices!

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