While I always feel like I’m reading something and even have a monthly reading goal each month I still go through phases. There are times I just want books that are distracting from the craziness of the world. If you are like me and want some books to read when you need a mental escape-this list is for you!
Books To Read When You Need A Mental Escape
The Idea Of You: Honestly one of my favorite books EVER. The premise may sound a bit crazy; a hot divorcee meets a 20-year-old boy band member and they start an affair. Their affair takes them all over the world and turns into a beautiful romance. I can’t suggest it enough. Perfect escape.
Anything Colleen Hoover: I am a huge Colleen Hoover fan. I would say some of her books aren’t really my favorites but lots of them are amazing. Ugly Love, All Your Perfects, and November 9 are the 3 I always recommend. But recently I read Reminders Of Him and Regretting You and LOVED them both!
Anything Taylor Jenkins Reid: OK so hear me out. I don’t think her two newest are her best. I personally LOVE her first 4 books and the writing style of them and Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo just were not my favorites. I read her first two books on our honeymoon: After I Do and Forever Interrupted and just loved them. Her next two: Maybe In Another Life and One True Loves were also excellent.
The One That Got Away: I randomly stumbled across this Bethany Chase book a few years ago and fell in love with the story. I found Sarina so relatable and just loved all the characters.
In Five Years: My most recent read on this list. The premise got me… waking up one day, five years in the future with a different ring on your finger, in a different apartment, with a different man? It was a book I could not put down and I really enjoyed it and the major twist got me.
One Day In December: This book is another perfect quarantined read! You can escape into this wonderful Josie Silver book about fate, love, and life.
Anything Christina Lauren: The first Christina Lauren (two people by the way) book I read was My Favorite Half Night Stand. I then plowed through every other book and each of them I have loved. Other favorites are The Unhoneymooners (probably the best one) and Love and Other Words.
Normal People: Let me just say the show is better and even though this is about books to read when you need a mental escape the show is an even better mental escape. Connell and Marianne’s love story goes throughout high school and college as their lives continually intertwine. It is a heartbreaking story and the show is INCREDIBLE!
I won’t lie I have re-read most of these books. Some multiple times. It’s like escaping into a fun world and right now I think we could all use that! Feel free to shop for these books and a few other favorites below!
What is your favorite book when you need a mental escape?
This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated for 2022