For me, reading, like for so many other people, is the best form of escapism – without even leaving your home you can travel to different lands or different times, or even worlds, and become engrossed in the lives of others.
In our current situation, this escapism is more important than ever before, and I don’t think I have ever been more grateful for my book collection, especially now libraries have had to be temporarily closed.
I find that all the stress and uncertainty around has led me to lean upon old favourites, characters as familiar as friends, tales I can trust to not disappoint, and, to a certain extent, which provide the happy ending we all so need right now.
So, in no particular order, here’s my Top 10 Classic Escapism Reads – it was not easy to compile, but they all leave me with a happy, contented feeling, maybe because I’ve loved them since childhood, or because they make me laugh, or because they inspire me. Are there any you’d add?
7: Tell Me How You Live? by Agatha Christie (Mallowan) – Agatha Christie’s memoirs of her time spent working on archaeological digs with her husband. It’s warm and funny, with some charming vignettes. https://amzn.to/2JdyFYb
9: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Scarlett has got to be one of the most inspiring heroines ever written – she might not always make the right choices, but by crikey does she have gumption! https://amzn.to/2JgiV6I
10: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – my absolute favourite play, mainly because of the fabulous Lady Bracknell, but also because it’s extraordinarily funny and cleverly written. https://amzn.to/2xmYaUg
Look out for my Top Ten modern feel-good reads to keep us all entertained while we’re stuck at home.x
P.S. My links are generally to my ‘dream editions’, there are many cheaper options available, but I love me some book porn!