Fantasy stories have a way of drawing me in that history books do not. I never have the urge to read history the way I long to dive into a world that is only in my reach through imagination. I’m fascinated with magic, angels and spirits. Reading is about allowing your brain to be swept up as you journey with the characters to face outer and/or inner demons. Below are six series that will let you escape into a world you won’t want to leave.

1. The “Harry Potter” series: Far more than just wizards, witches and spells, this series will captivate you with its magical potions, heroic adventures and ties between friendship and sacrifice. Follow three friends as they embark on a battle between good and evil to see if love can conquer all.                

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” —J.K, Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

2. “The Mortal Instruments” series: If you’re a fan of angels and demons, then this is a story for you. A young girl abruptly learns that she has nephilim (angel) blood after her mother is kidnapped. She must trust a stranger to help her find her mom. The journey she begins becomes more than a rescue mission — it becomes restoring what the nephilim should truly stand for.

                        “He means that the stories we believe in our hearts –– stories in which we are the heroes…are also true.” —Cassandra Clare, “City of Bones”

3. “His Fair Assassin:” This series is told from the point of view of a different assassin in each novel. In the first novel, a young heroine finds her place and learns how to master the gift of assassination the god of death bestowed on her.

                     “…while I am Death’s daughter and walk in His dark shadow, surely the darkness can give way to light sometimes.” —R.L LaFevers, “Grave Mercy”

4. “The Divergent Series:” It is hard to categorize yourself into one specific thing. Imagine growing up and realizing you could only act one way. The main character, Tris, defies these categories and learns that she is not the only one. With friendship and sacrifice, those categories are destroyed.

                            “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” —Veronica Roth, “Divergent”

5. “Caster Chronicles:” A struggling girl tries to control her magic — sorcery that a secret family curse will turn evil. In the town Gatlin, she will make the decision of how that curse will affect her and a boy named Ethan, while also trying to discover why he’s so drawn to her.  

               “Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along.” —Kami Garcia, “Beautiful Creatures”

6. “The Maze Runner:” This is an apocalyptic adventure about teamwork and endurance. The main character, Thomas, first arrives in a maze with no recollection of his past. However, he quickly learns that the purpose of the maze is to find a cure to a disease, but at the expense of children placed into the maze. For Thomas and the other children, solving the maze is the only chance for survival.

                                    “False hope,” she said. “Guess that’s better than no hope at all.” —James Dashner, “The Scorch Trials”