Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books of the last year, and they all fit into a strange category of sub-genre called “Magical Realism.”

YA Highway describes magical realism in a clever way:

In a nutshell, magical realism is a very subtle genre which adds elements the surreal to a character’s everyday life. There is usually no explanation for these magical ingredients; there is no world-building; there is only a dose of strangeness to interrupt what would otherwise be a completely contemporary, realistic story. According to critic Luis Leal, “If you can explain it, then it’s not magical realism.”

Basically, these books have strange, magical, and/or fantastical elements that simply can’t be explained easily, if at all. If you’re looking for something mind-opening, twisty and strange, magical and profound, check out one of these great reads.


Bone Gap  Grasshopper Jungle

When My Heart Was Wicked The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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