Top 5 Magical Realism Books I Want to Read

The title is a lie. But first things first, I was tagged by Mandy @ Devouring Books who hosts this top 5 series. So thank you Mandy for bringing me back from my hole of completely ignoring this blog. I have actually been wanting to get back into blogging what with the obscene amounts of time I have on my hands due to the quarantine going on at the moment. So this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

This week’s theme is top 5 magical realism books and here are the rules of the game:

  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post (see the link above)
  • Tag 5 people

Now to the reason why the title is a lie. I’m not a huge fan of magical realism. The only magical realism book I’ve read was The Night Circus and while I did like it, I don’t love it the way everyone seems to. I think it was a 4 star read for me, but it was a 4 star because I appreciate how well and beautifully written a book it is, rather than 4 stars based on how much I enjoyed it. It’s just not a genre I click with. As such, I only have 2 books that I’m interested in from this genre at the moment.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


I think her writing is really beautiful and her stories are really creative. If there’s one magical realism author I’m interested in reading, it’s her. I’ve actually started reading this book and have not finished it, but I do intend to finish it because I was enjoying it. I just picked it up at the wrong time.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrowten thousand doors of january

I have started reading this one as well and I think I actually enjoyed it a little bit more than The Starless Sea, however it was a bit too romance heavy for me to cope with at the time being. So again, I picked it up at the wrong time and I do plan to read it at some point in the future.

So there you have it, a really short post to ease me back into blogging. Now for tagging 5 people, I’m going to tag my latest 5 book blogging followers because what better way to get to know you guys. So if you decide to do this, please comment a link to your post.

Kathryn @ Metaphors and Miscellania

The Hungry Book Dragon (awesome name btw)

Amanja @ Amanja Reads too Much


Jen @ Jenniely



7 thoughts on “Top 5 Magical Realism Books I Want to Read

  1. I didn’t really love magical realism until I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January, so I am so glad to see it on your list! It was incredible. It just felt sooo real to me! I’ve been having a lot of trouble with picking up books at the wrong time lately. I have been feeling a bit slumpy… so I’m picking up lighter fluff reads that are more entertaining. I typically love a good intense fantasy, but I just haven’t been able to get into them lately. I strongly believe that there is a right time to pick up certain books. I will put them down and return to them later a lot of times because I KNOW if I continue reading then sometimes I just won’t appreciate the book to the extent that I would if I picked it up a different time.

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    1. Yeah, same. I’ve just been reading middle grade, as that’s the only genre I seem to enjoy at the moment. There’s no point in me forcing myself to read stuff I’m not enjoying. But yeah, I don’t know what it is about magical realism, I can’t put my finger on why, but it just doesn’t grip me the way other fantasy subgenres do.

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      1. Well hopefully some of the upcoming topics will be easier for you to find books for, that is, if you continue to join… lol

        But I just feel like I can’t get into intense world building and stuff like that right now. I am already stir crazy from the stay at home order, so I am just reading lighter books that are easier to sink into and ones that are funny because I need some levity in this stressful time!

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      2. I’m actually asking people to help brainstorm some topics for the next couple months on twitter. I think I tagged you. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve gotten close with a lot of bloggers who participate. I also love searching for books each week. A lot of times I’ll find something that I put on my TBR years ago and completely forgot about and then wind up reading it. So the posts definitely help me get excited for books.

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      3. Oh, did you? I didn’t get notified. I don’t use twitter much because I’m an old lady and I don’t understand it lol But I’ll have a look.


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