TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKE MAGICAL REALISM

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This week’s topic is an interesting one. I had a hard time coming up with a specific topic for this, but in the end I decided to go with books to read if you like magical realism, because it’s something I really enjoy. (If you’re not sure quite what magical realism is, it’s a literary style of writing fiction where magical or fantasy elements are incorporated into an otherwise realistic narrative. It’s particularly common to Latin American writing.)

Books featuring magical realism I recommend:

Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel       The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende       Eva Luna - Isabel Allende

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
The House of the Spirits and Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - Rita Leganski       One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow – Rita Leganski
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo       Swamplandia! - Karen Russell

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Swamplandia! – Karen Russell

Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins       Skinny Legs and All - Tom Robbins       Another Roadside Attraction - Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All and Another Roadside Attraction – Tom Robbins

Books I haven’t read yet but have heard great things about and that feature magical realism:

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern       Chocolat - Joanne Harris       Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Chocolat – Joanne Harris
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon       Of Things Gone Astray - Janina Matthewson       The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Of Things Gone Astray – Janina Matthewson
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

The Lost - Sarah Beth Durst       I Crawl Through It - A.S. King       Life of Pi - Yann Martel

The Lost – Sarah Beth Durst
I Crawl Through It – A.S. King
Life of Pi – Yann Martel

So there you have it – whether you’re a fan of magical realism or looking for a place to start, this list should give you some ideas!

Your turn – are there any books I missed? Do you see any favourites among these? Share in the comments!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week TTT has a different topic, and everyone who links up has to create a link of ten items that fit that topic. To see past and upcoming topics, go here.

5 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKE MAGICAL REALISM

  1. Martha

    Yaaaassssss! I love, love, LOVE magical realism. I’ve never understood people who hate it! The Night Circus and The Shadow of the Wind are two of my favorites, and I have Chocolat, Life of Pi, The Alchemist and 100 Years of Solitude on my bookshelf just waiting to be read.

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  2. Halyna

    I’ve read Like Water for Chocolate and it was amazing! Just thinking about it right now makes me want to re-read it. And One Hundred Years of Solitude is also an excellent book, but it gets a bit confusing because of all the characters. At some point I just gave up and didn’t even bother trying to tell them apart.
    As for other magical realism books, I would recommend The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

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