Helping & Healing
30 Books to Carry You Away

July 1, 2020
30 Books to Carry You Away

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.

 

We've linked all the books to Bookshop.org, a wonderful online bookstore that supports indie bookstores in return. You can select your local indie bookstore to recieve all of the profit. Click here for more information.

For the Nature-Lover

Children

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

Young Adult

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares

Adult

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

Children

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

Young Adult

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

Adult

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 hey@sparklestories.com!

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