Virtual Book Club – Books to Take You to Another World

The past week has been stressful and hard on all of us, so I thought I’d put together a list of books that will sweep you away to another world. There’s something for everyone below: fantasy, historical fiction, literary fiction, and more. Any one of these books will hold you tight from the first page and won’t let go until the last one. 

Click any of the book covers below to be taken to our catalog, where you can request a copy of the book with your library card number and PIN. We’ve also included links to our e-media services Overdrive and Hoopla where available.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern  catalog link

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern 

This enchanting fantasy novel by the bestselling author of The Night Circus features a secret underground library on the edge of a vast sea. Zachary discovers a mysterious book in his college library which leads to the secret library, where he finds pirates, castles, and magic doors. Choose Morgenstern’s book to take you away to fairy land. 

The Starless Sea Overdrive link

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell catalog link

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Dive into the world of Shakespeare with this fictionalized account of Shakespeare’s wife, Agnes, and their son, Hamnet, who tragically died at 11. This lyrical and unique book will take you into the past and won’t let you go until the last page. 

Hamnet Overdrive link


A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende catalog link

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende 

Driven into exile by the Spanish Civil War, widowed, pregnant Roser and Victor, who is the brother of her deceased husband, flee to Chile on a ship. Allende’s bestselling, epic tale chronicles their lives and struggle as they wait to return to their beloved Spain. 

A Long Petal of the Sea Overdrive link

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

In Jemisin’s latest novel, New York City has just been born as a sentient entity, and for each of its five burroughs, there is a person that represents it, plus one master avatar for the whole city. When cosmic horrors threaten the newly awakened city, the six avatars must come together to New York. 

The City We Became Overdrive link

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Ishiguro imagines a world where certain children are kept at elite boarding schools and only allowed to see the outside world once they come of age. I don’t want to say too much about this one and spoil it – trust me when I say that you need to read it, it may make you cry, and you won’t be able to put it down. 

Never Let Me Go Overdrive link

We hope one of these books will take on a journey to a different world. Join us next week for another virtual book club!

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