5 Books to Get Lost In

On a rare occasion comes along a book so well written that when you start reading it, it sucks you in that you forget all else . . . reality ceases to exists. And, when you close that book, you're in a funk, and the world comes crashing down around you. Here are five books to get lost in.

erin morgensternThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

There are no advertisements, no warnings . . . the circus arrives without any to do. Not your typical circus, everything is in shades of black and white, and there are no animals. Behind the scenes, a competition between two magicians is brewing. When the two fall in love, there are dire consequences. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a masterful work of art that put me in a funk for days afterwards.

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A scholar and a descendant from John Proctor & Bridget Bishop (of the Salem Witch Trials fame), Diana Bishop is researching an ancient manuscript, Ashmole 782, in Oxford's Bodeleian Library. Its secrets let out a magical force that causes witches, daemons, and vampires, including the mysterious Matthew Clairmont, to gather at the library and stalk Diana. What secrets does this manuscript hold?

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness weaved a tale that was so intriguing that me and others couldn't put it down. It is now a television show produced by Bad Wolf and SkyOne.

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 Spellcast by Barbara Ashford

Anything that could have gone wrong this summer has . . . first Maggies loses her job. Then, her bathroom ceiling caves in almost killing her. Needing to get away, she takes a road trip to Vermont for the weekend. On the the way, she has an urge to stop in Dale and ends up auditions for their stock theater and deciding to stay for the summer. Maggie briefly goes back to New York City to tie up the loose ends at home before going back to Dale. 

Not one to read much fantasy, Spellcast by Barbara Ashford was an enchanting read that left me wanting more! Don't worry, there is a sequel.

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

On November 22, 1963, the world was changed forever when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. What would happen if you could back in time and change one event in history? Thirty-five year old Jake Epping gets that chance to go back in history and stop JFK from being killed. Will he stop Oswald in time? If so, how will it change the future?

Not Stephen King's typical style of writing, 11/22/63 is a bit of science fiction, fantasy, romance, and action. Right from the start, it draws you in and changes the way you think about things. It is now a television show created by Hulu and also available on DVD. 

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

As a writer for a travel magazine, Jo Blacklock has been assigned a story of a lifetime . . . a week long cruise on the Aurora cruise ship. With only a few cabins on the ship, it is an intimate setting and plush beyond believe. As they sail on the North Sea, Jo sees a woman thrown off the balcony of the cabin next to her own cabin. There is only one problem, all of the passengers remain accounted for. 

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is super creepy and a book that you won't want to read before or during a cruise.


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