The Happy Place Five #3: Books I’d Take a Portal to in an Instant

03rd March 2021

The Happy Place Five banner in dark blue rimmed in gold with a golden book and golden starsThe Happy Place 5 – take a Discord chat, throw a bunch of bookish people in there together to keep each other sane over the course of a pandemic, and voilà: a new monthly feature is born. On the first Wednesday each month, we will highlight our top five books for a certain topic or theme. You can find the posts of my fellow Happy Place readingrats linked below!


Don’t we all want to crawl inside our reads from time to time? My answer is both yes and no. Yes, because I would love to explore some of those places myself; no, because I don’t really want to stay there for an extended period of time, either because those worlds are lacking our modern comforts or are incredibly dangerous. And I know myself; I wouldn’t survive there for long. Still, here are the five books I’d love to visit – even if the stays come with an asterisk:

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

This is a no-brainer. If there’s one book I really wouldn’t hesitate a single second to crawl into, it’s this one. Oh, how I would LOVE to visit the Night Circus and explore its many tents – over and over and over again. I’m pretty sure I’d be a rêveur, following it wherever it goes. It’s one of the most enchanted places and one that’s most dear to my heart.


The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Look, I’m Middle-earth trash. I love this world and these books have a very special place in my heart. They are connected with fond memories and friendships. I’d love to visit the Shire, relax in Rivendell, dwell in Lothlórien, and ride across the plains of Rohan. However, I wouldn’t want to visit during the events of The Lord of the Rings; maybe the Hobbit timeline would suit me better, but even then it wasn’t the most peaceful of times.

(W.i.t.c.h. Series)
by Elisabetta Gnone

My favourite comic series when I was a teenager (and yes, they are also available in English, but I wanted to pick my favourite cover and they have different ones. I LOVE Elyon and her story arc)! This is a comic series about five girls with special elemental powers and their different quests. I’d love to be a part of the group for a mission. Though it can get pretty dangerous, they usually get out one way or another.

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
by Jane Austen

I don’t want to live in regency time in general, but oh, how I would love to attend a regency ball. Or a whole season. Wear those pretty dresses. Gossip over tea. And be courted. Yes, I wouldn’t mind swapping places with one of Jane Austen’s heroines for a bit (as long as it’s not Fanny or Catherine, I didn’t care much about either Mansfield Park or Northanger Abbey).

Listening to the Wind
(Connemara Trilogy, #1)
by Tim Robinson

I know this is cheating, ok?! I haven’t even read this book! But it’s a detailed account of my favourite area in Connemara, Ireland, and you have no idea how much I yearn to get back there. It’s been 2.5 years and I have no idea when I’ll be able to travel again. I miss it so much, it makes me sad!

So, these are my five books I wouldn’t mind losing myself in for a certain period of time. What literary worlds would you like to visit? And if you want some more input and inspiration, head over to the other Happy Place readingrats:


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