6 Books to Escape Reality (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Gentle Reader, here’s a list of the best books for escaping reality.

It has been a rough year so I figure right now we all probably need it, for some reason or another.

Want your….

1. 50 Shades of Escape?

For Real Alexis Hall

For Real by Alexis Hall

Get your kink with a side of heart warming and some of the most well written prose in commercial genre fiction.

2. Mr Darcy in a wet shirt only funny?

Ridiculous by D.L. Carter

Ridiculous by D.L. Carter

Hilarious cross-dressing regency romance. Fall in love with Mr North, I did.

3. John Snow getting seduced by Aragon?

Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwall

Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell

Winter IS coming. (Oh yes, I went there.)

4. Princess picking the dragon over the prince?

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

And she learns to cook cherries jubilee. Twist that fairy tale, twist and shout!

5. Star crossed lovers, trade secrets & clashing cultures?

Local Custom by Lee & Miller

Local Custom by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Star sweeping romance of space operatic proportions in one nice stand-alone story.

6. Political drama where the good girl wins?

Daughter of the Empire by Fiest & Wurts

Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

First of three books about a brilliant lady playing the political game to win. When she can’t win? She makes up her own rules. This sweeping epic set in an alternate Japanese culture is full of honor, nobility, and fraught love affairs. But yes, the good girl wins it all in the end. (Unfortunately, not available in digital format but it is so worth picking up the mass market.)

If I were going to reread one of my own books?

The 5th Gender


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

c.1923 United States Philadelphia Museum of Art

c.1923 United States Philadelphia Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Octopus Pot Corinthian British Museum

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s good only when it’s over.”
~ Hunter S. Thompson

Book News:

The Nocturnal Library says of Imprudence:

“Traveling to Egypt on The Spotted Custard would be fun under any circumstances, but with Rue’s companions and some very dear characters from The Parasol Protectorate, it’s a true delight.”

Quote of the Day:

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.”
~ Author Unknown

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6 Responses

  1. Jo said:

    I’ve read Dealing with Dragons but none of the other recommendations. With too many books and too little time, which of these would you recommend most to an uber-fan looking for something delightfully entertaining?

  2. Jennie Worley said:

    Local Custom is one of my very favorite books. I’m so glad you recommended it.

      1. Jennie Worley said:

        I’ve loved all of the Liaden books, but Local Custom is a particular Favorite.

  3. Kelsey Winkles said:

    I love Dealing with Dragons! I stumbled upon the series when I was in middle school. It’s been 15 years and I still own rather ragged copies of the whole series. I’ll have to check out the other books that you’ve recommended. Thank you, Ms. Carriger!

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