There is nothing more discouraging than returning to work after a wonderful vacation spent at the beach, in the mountains, or in some far-flung exotic country. It's damn near impossible to sit down and return to the grind after all that fun.
Thankfully, we've got a simple solution to help you beat those back to work blues - a few good fantasy books.
Great fantasy books will help to pull you out of real life, transporting you to a world where all of your daily problems (traffic, no food in the fridge, kids spending too much time on their iPods, and everything else that troubles us daily) fade into the background.
When you're ready to escape, have we got a great list of fantasy books for you. You'll find some of the best fantasy authors below (think Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch books, and of course, George R.R. Martin among them). We have plenty of newbies too - some you may not have discovered yet. By the end of this list, you'll have 10 books (and series) to help you take your mind off the fact that you're sitting at your desk again.
Topping our list is the brilliant dark fantasy books that spawned HBO's Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire. The five-book set will have you spellbound from now until Christmas.