Recommendations for… books with magical realism

Happy Monday, everyone! Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic (also Monthly Recommendations has been dead lately so).

Today I’m doing recommendations for books with magical realism, because I talked about books with magical realism a couple of weeks ago. I thought I’d recommend some books with magical realism that I enjoyed.

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand: this book is super interesting, and I definitely recommend it. It falls more into the out-right magical realism category, but there are parts of it that are also more quietly magical, which I really enjoyed.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: this book had some magical realism elements that I enjoyed and some that I didn’t, but I still highly recommend the book overall. It’s super interesting and really well-written, and takes place in the middle of nowhere, British Columbia and Japan.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: aka the new love of my life. I haven’t loved a book series as much as this series for a while. It’s just the best. The main character’s mom and other mother figures are all psychics, and one of the characters is a ghost, and it’s great.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: another out-right magical realism book that’s one of the most atmospheric books I’ve ever read. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi: this is another book that had some magical realism elements I enjoyed and others that I didn’t, but once again, I highly recommend the book. It’s very interesting, and I think highly underrated.

American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: I think of these two, I like American Gods more, but both are fantastic. I also think if you’re not a Gaiman fan, American Gods would be better for you.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: I’ve finished 2/3s of this book, and I’m loving it so far. Murakami is a fantastic writer, and I love the elements in this book. I highly recommend it.

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So those are some books with magical realism that I recommend! Have you read any of these? Which were your favourites? What magical realism books are your favourite? Let me know!

Also, just as a heads up (not that anyone cares), there will be no post tomorrow, sorry! I’ve been feeling uninspired lately and wanted to take a break from tags, so I’m changing by posting schedule to no longer be every Tuesday, but rather “at least one of Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday”. So no Tuesday posts unless it’s something that I want to talk about. I do have a review for Wednesday, though!

Thanks for reading!

Ally xx

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27 thoughts on “Recommendations for… books with magical realism

  1. I read American Gods in college after borrowing it for a roommate. Afterward we took a road trip to the House on the Rock. It is even trippier than Gaiman describes it.

    They don’t let you ride the Ferris Wheel btw. And he never mentioned the room with the life-size Moby Dick. It’s crazy.

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  2. Two I liked are ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ by Natasha Pulley (really unique Victorian London/Japan) and ‘The Loney’ by Andrew Michael Hurley (gothic creepy coastline).

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