As summer trips are being changed or canceled, we're finding ourselves a little let down. We're feeling a little shut in. We want fun, summer adventures!
It just might not be in the cards this year and that's okay. We've gathered up our 30 favorite books to transport us to another world (thank you for your help, Facebook Sparklers!). We gathered a good list of children's, young adult, and adult books — these are our top picks because they feature exquisite world-building and wonderful characters. The stories we've featured will pluck you out of today and take you on a wild adventure through a fantastical world or gently move you through beautiful landscapes. They're all a wonderful escape for when you need a break.
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For the Nature-Lover
The Little Grey Men – B.B.
Tales of the Mushroom Folk – Signe Aspelin
Children of the Forest – Elsa Beskow
One Morning in Maine – Robert McCloskey
Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey
Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Watership Down – Richard Adams
For Those Who Miss the City
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares
The City of Falling Angels – John Berendt
The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
For Fans of Magic and Fantasy
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow
The Time Machine – Hg Wells
The Time Traveler's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Got any other recommendations? Feel free to share them with us at email@example.com!