6 Books to Read When You Need a Fun Escape

A Tale of Two Kitties author Sofie Kelly on the books she uses to escape reality.


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Like most people, sometimes I read to escape reality. Each book I pick up pulls me into a new world and gives me a taste of a different life. A few pages or a maybe a chapter or two and I’m ready to go back to the real world. But sometimes I’m looking for a momentary respite from the problems I’ve created for the characters in my own books, a world that may be fictional, but feels very real to me. In that case, I tend to go back to the same familiar favorites.

At first glance, the books on this list seemed to have very little in common, but then I realized they encompass most of what I look for in a book; quirky characters, unconventional families, honest emotion and a little humor—qualities I hope readers will find in my own Magical Cats mysteries, along with their own escape.

Featured illustration: Natalie Nelson

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SOFIE KELLY is a New York Times bestselling author and mixed-media artist who lives on the East Coast with her husband and daughter. She writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries and, as Sofie Ryan, writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries.