As we encounter daunting challenges like the Coronavirus, literature invites us to escape. Beckoning us to step into the shoes of another character in a different world, books help us understand life on a deeper level and temporarily forget about our own troubles. While we’re practicing social distancing, we’ve come to rely on books more than ever before. No matter what genre you prefer, there is a book series to entertain you during the quarantine.
Below are four intriguing selections that will usher you on an adventure from the comfort of your home.
Jack Reacher by Lee Child
Author Lee Child’s series has stood the test of time since 1997. Discharged U.S. Army major, Jack Reacher, investigates dangerous cases where his ruthless reputation precedes him. Without the legal or formal ties to the army, Reacher spearheads independent missions based on his innate instincts but with the highly skilled tactics from his former military service.
With almost 25 books under his belt, Child’s saga shows no signs of slowing down. Each installment is an intriguing maze that will put your mind to the test. It’s a compelling serial for those who love to read mystery novels without feeling the need to start with Book 1.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
“Outlander” is the perfect mix of history, romance, and fantasy for readers who enjoy books that seamlessly combine multiple genres. A married combat nurse Claire Randall in the 1940s is swept back in time to 1743 after falling through an open portal through time. When Scottish soldier and landowner Jamie Fraser found her, they developed a complex relationship that mysteriously draws connections between her past and present.
Similar to other picks below, “Outlander” has been adapted into a television series that fans find almost insatiable as much as the books. On the surface, the series is popular for its romance between Claire and Jamie. However, their grand adventure also explores time travel, European history, and the human condition. Gabaldon’s lyrical writing weaves unforgettable characters together through an intricate plot that will take you on an unforgettable rollercoaster ride.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Inspired by medieval European history, author George R.R. Martin created an exciting world for readers who wanted to explore power, family, and betrayal. After the death of King Robert, his precocious son Joffrey is declared next in line to reign by his ruthless mother Queen Cersei Lannister. However, the Iron Throne they claim to inherit is tethered to multiple families. On the brink of war with other clans, the realm of Westeros battles it out for the rightful ruler of the throne.
Diving into vivid histories between the families, fans love the twists and turns Martin employs between the characters. One never knows who is loyal and honest or deceitful and driven by greed. The final books are still in development and have left fans waiting anxiously for Martin to complete the series. If you start now, you will have plenty of time to catch up and experience how his version compares to the divisive television series.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling’s story follows a young boy Harry Potter who discovers he is a wizard and attends a bewitching boarding school. As he explores the wizarding world, he’s forced to defend himself and his loved ones against the evilest wizard of all time Lord Voldemort.
Spanning seven books that changed the way we think of children’s literature today, Harry Potter captures the imaginations of readers of all ages. After twenty years since its initial debut, fans still love to discuss Rowling’s plot and intricate attention to detail. If you’re unfamiliar with the series or returning to it after a long departure, it always feels as if you’re coming home to a rich tapestry of world-building. The last book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was published in 2007. Nevertheless, the beloved film franchise and its spin-offs “Fantastic Beasts” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” continue to cast a spell of hope and magic when times are bleak.
Books offer an invaluable opportunity to be transported to another world. No matter where you are currently living or what personal challenge you are facing, these series will help keep you entertained throughout the quarantine and beyond.