Fun, frothy and fantastical reads for when you’re in need of a distraction!

orangutan list

Granted, that title has doubtless got you thinking about *that thing going on outside*. A bit like playing “the game” (we’ve all just lost the game!) Even so, I think we could all do with a break from impending doom life at the moment- which is why I wrote this list of the ultimate distracting reads! No way you can focus on anything other than turning these pages…

crown of feathers

Crown of Feathers– a book about phoenixes, because WE WILL RISE FROM THE ASHES! (or all go down in flames… 😉)

shadow of the fox

Shadow of the Fox– but if you want to throw yourself into even more mythological, why not take a trip to Iwagoto? See if you can spot some tricksy kitsune along the way…

six of crows

Six of Crows– on the note of tricksters, the dregs will look after you if you’re looking to score (and doubtless pick your pocket on the way 😉)

to kill a kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom– if you need something else with a bit of an edge, then I always recommend deep-diving into this Little Mermaid retelling. No doubt this book siren song is calling to you right now 😉

the young elites

Young Elites– of course, talking of dark YA fantasy, I can scarcely neglect this beauty. Sharp and a little different, it has one of my favourite heroines in the genre.


The Thief– on the note of protagonists I love, Gen’s perspective makes this book a real hidden gem. Personally, I do only recommend the first one, but fortunately it works as a standalone, so you can’t go wrong!


Vicious– ahh this is my *go to* book if you need something you absolutely cannot put down. This supervillains story is guaranteed to keep you on your toes.


Renegades– take flight into a world of heroes and villains! With great characters and a riveting romance, I was gripped from the start (incidentally I’m going to be taking my own advice with this one, cos I’ve just ordered the third in the series and will be jumping into the action again soon 😉)

Red Rising Pierce Browns

Red Rising– for something a bit gutsier and adult, you could try this take on Romans in space! (which I am recommending for the millionth time because it’s amazing!)


Scythe– now I don’t know about you, but beyond entertainment, I’m also craving some depth, and this high concept dystopia is cutting edge in that regard. There are ideas here I’ve not seen in YA before- or dare I say- even in adult!

one word kill

One Word Kill– and if you want mind-blowing, mathematically inspired time travel, then I have the series for you. Dramatic and character-driven, you can whizz through this at the speed of light!

And that’s all for now! Do you agree with my choices? And- more than ever I need your advice- what fantastical books would you recommend for distraction? Let me know in the comments

26 thoughts on “Fun, frothy and fantastical reads for when you’re in need of a distraction!

  1. 😭😭😭 You’ve reminded me that I can’t go to the library right now to borrow all these fantastic sounding books! (Not your fault of course!! 😉) And since I don’t have an e-reader and my phone’s screen is way too small for comfy reading I can’t even download it. 😂 (And even if I could, I much prefer paper. 😉) Anyway, I’m putting them all down for later. 😄💕

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  2. Well I’m in love with Six of Crows already so… yeah 😂
    I gave my goddaughter Renegades over a year a ago and have to remind her again to lend it back! Lol. I already picked up Archnemesis when it was on kindle sale.

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  3. I read The Truth by Terry Pratchett recently and even though it’s very prescient about fake news and what people want to hear (as opposed to the truth), it’s still a very fun read. I’d say all the Discworld books are good if you want to be distracted.

    I’m also a big fan of returning to childhood favourites in times of stress so I’ll throw in The Chronicles of Narnia as well

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  4. To Kill a Kingdom, Red Rising, Six of Crows, and Vicious are all brilliant books to basically shut out the world. The only thing about Red Rising is that it stresses me out in the best and worst way possible haha.

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  5. It’s good most (all?) of these are series, because we may never be back in the “real world” again. SoC and Young Elites are two series I loved, though, I cried during both series’ final books.

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