There’s no better time than now to start talking about the truly distracting books. The ones that take us so far out of reality that we really believe we’re inside the book with the characters. The ones that make us forget there’s even a pandemic happening outside.
Shana from Bionic Bookworm has given us a task this week to list our Top 5 Sanity Savers, the books that have gotten us through this difficult time so far and can maybe do the same for you.
I’ve been reading a lot more than usual during this pandemic, the need for escapism being just a tad higher these days. Some of them are the perfect medicine for getting out of your own head – here are my Top 5:
1. Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw
This book was a review request from the author and was the last fantasy I agreed to review before I changed the book review policy. What a way to go out!
This was unusual because usually for a really immersive experience I need lots of juicy imagery but the story and characters did all the work here. A lost girl who has the rare ability to take the memories of others is demonised and used by those in power.
Last Memoria is highly emotional and at times pretty graphic. For a book that has very little happy moments, it is strangely addictive. Watch out for the full review of Last Memoria tomorrow.
2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Given, I’ve only just started this one but it’s proving to be one of the best distractions so far. There’s nothing so distracting from the present as stories from the past. They’ve already happened, they can’t hurt us now. Better yet, myths: stories from the past that probably weren’t true at all but are highly entertaining.
I didn’t know what to expect when I first opened this book. Neil Gaiman discusses the myths of old, Norse gods and boils their stories down to their most obscure and entertaining forms. I think we can all agree that is his special power.
If you’ve always wanted to learn more about Norse mythology while simultaneously forgetting about everything that’s happening in the world right now, I recommend this one.
3. Blood Legends: Undead by Kim Petersen
All the review requests lately have been quality stuff and Blood Legends: Undead tops that particular chart. This book was a slap in the face in all the right ways. I reviewed this one a few weeks back and thoroughly enjoyed it, even though there was a virus involved in the story. But this virus creates vampires!
This book was so distracting because it took no prisoners. Be warned, there will be heartbreak and high stakes. This was a great book and it’s a shame it was so short. If you’re looking for a heartwarming tale to keep the anxieties at bay, this isn’t that book but it will keep you distracted for sure. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
4. Earthbound by Melora Johnson
Earthbound broke the mould of urban fantasy for me and I was super happy to find it in my inbox. An angel who doesn’t know she’s an angel with an interesting occupation healing raptors. Plus, a healthy dose of paranormal/angelic romance.
I reviewed this book some weeks ago and wasn’t sure what to think of it when I read the blurb but it was intriguing. This book was a real pandemic distraction because it portrayed the world as a super normal place until all the magic started happening. Even then, it was a heavy dose of reality that I am beginning to miss in all this madness.
This one is more light-hearted and gives us a bit of nostalgia for the way things were a few months ago when we weren’t confined to our homes and hoarding tinned goods.
5. Coven of Secrets by C. J. Beaumont
This is a dark book and yet it’s a cracking good read. Anxiety and depression are addressed in magical form in this book and it cut me deep when I read it. I also reviewed it a few weeks ago, which should give you a better idea of my thoughts on this book.
While it might feel like anxiety and depression are not the best books to be reading about at such anxious times, Coven of Secrets helped in making me feel less alone. Isolation can wreak havoc on our mental health and put us in dark places. Coven of Secrets provided both an outlet and some empathy for these feelings.
This book might not be the best read for everyone in this way but it personally helped my feelings about this crisis while also being pretty entertaining. Be careful, but enjoy.
Thanks for reading!