Magical Realism

Magical realism is a fiction genre in which magical elements blend to create a realistic atmosphere that accesses a deeper understanding of reality. The story explains these magical elements as normal occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of thought.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)
Broken Things
Sawkill Girls
The Witch of Willow Hall
Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Blanca & Roja
An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1)
The Light Between Worlds
The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1)
Friday Black
In the House in the Dark of the Woods
The Healer
Daughters of the Lake
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
The Immortalists
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Exit West
Time's Convert
The Underground Railroad
Long Way Down
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Killing Commendatore
The Keeper of Lost Things
French Exit
Matchmaking for Beginners
The Dinner List
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'EngleA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Underneath by Kathi AppeltThe White Giraffe by Lauren St. JohnThe Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Magic and Myth in Fiction
184 books — 4 voters

Mirrored Voices by Paul MorabitoOutside History by Eavan BolandTimelines by Carolyn O'ConnellKhimaira by Henry ParlandSomething with Blood in the Title by Khurt Khave
Speculative poetry
29 books — 7 voters
The Magicians by Lev GrossmanThe Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterHowl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne JonesThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Realistic Fantasy
29 books — 18 voters

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'EngleHowl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne JonesHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingCoraline by Neil GaimanCastle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Feel Good Fantasies
88 books — 6 voters
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThe House of the Spirits by Isabel AllendeLike Water for Chocolate by Laura EsquivelLove in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Favorite Magical Realism Novels
1,055 books — 4,538 voters

One Hundred Years of Solitude
The House of the Spirits
The Night Circus
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Kafka on the Shore
Like Water for Chocolate
Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Bone Gap
Midnight's Children
The Master and Margarita

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