17 Books That Will Transport You to Another World

Let these beguiling novels help you travel back in time, around the globe or straight into the fantastic.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment

484 pages; Forgotten Books
One of my all-time favorite novels is Crime and Punishment. I read it in high school, and for some terrifying reason, I really identified with Raskolnikov. It's so funny, because he sort of behaves amorally, but he has an incredible sense of right and wrong. Obviously, I couldn't identify with him as a killer, but I could understand what it means to know that something's wrong but do it anyway. I was 17 when I read it, and the feeling of having betrayed one's sense of right and wrong—and then living with the consequences—was something that I could completely identify with.
— Gwyneth Paltrow