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    I feel embarrassed to even be posting this but does anyone have suggestions for “escapist fiction” books? I just finished reading “the City Baker’s Guide to Country Living” and it was cheesy and basic, but enjoyable. I especially am appreciating this genre now that everything is so stressful in my life!

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    Hi BakerBabe,

    I haven’t read the City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. Do you like romance novels? It’s difficult to come up with suggestions because most stories require some conflict and resolution.

    I find fantasy, fairy tales, and mythology to be good mental escape. I’ve read books like Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and Greek Mythology books.

    I’m currently reading The Story of the World volumes by Susan Wise Bauer with my kids. These are history books but are designed to be light and I enjoy them. I also find escape reading historical biographies like His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Elis, but it isn’t a breezy read and the battles lag on.

    If you you like comedy I greatly enjoyed People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges.

    If you like Christian fiction I enjoyed Tuesdays with Morrie and the Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I also enjoyed Levi’s Will by W Dale Cramer.

    I even like teen novels like Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

    Are you looking specifically for romance?

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    It’s not necessarily light reading, but I love the world Louise Penny created with her Inspector Gamache books. They’re mystery. There are good, current messages about corruption and power. And they’re well written. Finally, I love the characters.

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    I read the Graveyard Queen books. I think there were 4? It’s about a woman who can see ghosts and she ends up in the middle of various murder cases. Also, there is some romance. It takes place in the South, so there’s a lot of nice imagery of the landscape and various foods, smells, cultural stuff.

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