Best of Skimm Reads for Escaping Your 9-5

Best of skimm reads for escaping your 9 5 header 00 PUBLISHED JUN 27, 2017

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Skimm HQ is off for the holiday weekend. And looking to really get away. Here are some reads that’ll put you in another world, no matter where you watch the fireworks...

What to read when you're dreaming of that European vacation...

"Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter
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“Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. Italian Riviera. Something about "Cleopatra." Richard Burton's there. Sounds strange but you won't be able to put it down. Trust us.


"All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
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"All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. Meet the book you need to pack. About two kids who grow up on opposite sides of WWII whose paths eventually cross. If you like historical fiction, you’ll love this. If you don’t like historical fiction, you’ll also love this. Buy here.

What to read if you're excited about self-driving cars...

"All Our Wrong Todays" by Elan Mastai
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"All Our Wrong Todays" by Elan Mastai. Imagine a world with flying cars, no aging, and casual trips to the moon. This one's about a guy who lives in that world, but accidentally shifts into the reality we all know...and it might be better for him. It sounds weird, but we're hooked. Think: "Midnight in Paris" meets "Back to the Future." Buy here.

"The Thousandth Floor" by Katharine McGee
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"The Thousandth Floor" by Katharine McGee. This read is like if a new-age “Downton Abbey” met “The Jetsons.” Stay with us. It’s 2118. Everyone sends texts via contact lenses, takes hovercrafts to work, and all of Manhattan has been turned into one giant tower. Normally not into this type of genre, but couldn’t put this one down. Get it here.

What to read if you're still obsessed with "Hamilton"...

"A Fine Imitation" by Amber Brock
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"A Fine Imitation" by Amber Brock. About a ridiculously rich woman living in NYC in the ‘20s and her meh marriage. Enter a mysterious painter from Europe who brings a lot of color — and some shady baggage — along with him. If you love "The Great Gatsby," this is your read.


"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
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"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. Two slaves plot an escape that takes them on a real-life underground railroad through the US. This is one of those books everyone’s talking about that you will actually love, and never put down. Get it here.

What to read if you're stuck at that hotel, motel, Holiday Inn...

"A Gentleman In Moscow" by Amor Towles
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"A Gentleman In Moscow" by Amor Towles. A Russian count is forced to spend his life in a fancy hotel. Think: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Eloise" meets all the Bond villains. Pairs well with Moscow Mules. Buy here.


"High Dive" by Jonathan Lee
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“High Dive” by Jonathan Lee. Someone planted a bomb at a hotel in the ’80s. The same hotel where British PM Margaret Thatcher’s about to check in. Based on a true story, this read about an attempted assassination is like “The Crown” meets “Jackie.” Get it now.

PS: Want to know all our Skimm Reads picks? They're all in our app. All the reads. All the time. And we add a new one every Friday. Because we like big books and we cannot lie.