Best Magical Realism Books that feel like a hug

magical realism books

Books that mix magic with real life

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I didn’t even know that I liked reading magical realism or knew what the genre was until I came across Bone Gap almost a few years ago. From then on, I fell in love with it.

The genre of magical realism is an interesting one, and while it’s close to fantasy, it isn’t full on fantasy. Magical realism are books set it this world with a bit of magic, they are books that could be real, yet aren’t. I guess you could put Harry Potter in this genre if you wanted to.

I tend to like the ones that are written quite lyrically as I think this really adds to the wonderful nature of these books. Often I have no idea what is happening in them and get to the end and still don’t know, but nevertheless, I enjoyed the ride.

So let me start with the first book that got me into this genre

Bone Gap

As soon as I started to read the book I fell in love with the writing. It was lyrical, intriguing and comforting in some way. As I read on I felt deeply connected somehow to the book, like I was being read a lullaby, drifting in and out of consciousness, peering into the dream world of another. There was less conversation than I was used to, not much plot signposting and for a lot of the book I had no idea what was happening, and I liked it. I like the fact I had entered a strange, illogical world where nothing made little sense. It is a retelling of Persephone and just blew me away at every level.

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The Beats of Extraordinary Circumstances

This is one of the most beautiful heartbreaking and uplifting books I have ever read I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am in love with this book. If you are not sure if you like magical realism, then this is the book to start with.

It reminded me of Shiver and Bone Gap mixed together and I adored every minute. During the book we follow the life of an extraordinary man, Weylyn, told through all the various people he meets along his journey. It is spellbinding and reads like a fairy tale, lulling you along with it. The writing is hypnotic and you just don’t want the book to ever end.  And through it all is one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. This book was a complete joy. I can not recommended it enough.

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The Memory Trees

This book took me a while to get into and wasn’t as lyrical as the rest but I’m glad I stuck with it because boy I adored it and still think about it often. It was just such a beautiful journey.

It is one of those novels where externally not a lot happens but you go on an inward journey with the character.  You feel everything this character is feeling and it is an intense ride, while also being comforting.

A book steeped in the secrets of a family history, stretching back generations, mixed with a true coming of age; you feel like you are gently lulled into her world and the author’s descriptions make you feel like you are there with her.  You can smell the air, taste the apples and feel the cold.

The story is heartbreaking and heart-warming in equal measures and you gently fall in love with the story.

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If you have any more suggestions is this genre I would love to hear them.

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