Lately, I’ve been feeling tugged towards Magical Realism. Working with the simplest definition – these are books where magic exists in an otherwise mundane World … and I’m not above wishing that this kind of thing really exists! Here are 6 of my faves … books that will rope you into the World of Magical Realism for sure.
Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
An entire World of beautiful, magical, fantasical creatures & people existing in an underground London called London Below. When you’re finished reading this book – you’ll want to try and find Neverwhere yourself.
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
A beautifully written book that gave me all the feels. It’s so rich and detailed with the whimsy of a fantasy / mythological novel but imbued with a historical feel thanks to the Middle Eastern and Jewish folklore, plus tinged with the immigrant experience.
The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
A time traveling serial killer may sound a bit far-fetched, but trust me, this book will leave you blown away … and maybe a little more wary of strangers who try to talk to you.
NOS4A2, Joe Hill
Time-traveling usually seems like a cool thing to do, but have you thought what happens when it takes you to a place you don’t want to go to?
Doctor Sleep, Stephen King
Why some people try to take other people’s shine is beyond me. But, for those with a special, rare kind of gift – there are vampire like predators hidden in plain sight – waiting to pounce!
Every Day, David Levithan
What kind of life do you think you would lead if you woke up in a different body every day? This book is a weird trip for sure, and I’m not too sure that I “got it” but it is definitely memorable.
What are some of your favorite books that would classify as Magical Realism? Or is this a genre you don’t read a lot of?
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