Top 5 Saturday: Magical Realism

Today is my first Top Five Saturday, a weekly meme created by Mandy @devouringbooks This is where we list our top 5 books according to the week’s topic. Books can be from your TBR, or books you have read and either loved or hated. This week’s topic is Magical Realism!

While I love Fantasy, Magical Realism is hit or miss for me. I either love it or hate it…lol…with that said, here are the five books on my list:

I read this book many years ago for a college literature class, and honestly probably had no idea at the time that is was magical realism. However it has stuck with me all these years.

The Great American Read Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Bone Gap has been on my TBR for forever. It was a National Award Finalist and Michael L. Printz award, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.

So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

I received this book last year in an Owl Crate box and went into it blind. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

This was a bookstagram made me do it read but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. However, I seem to be the unpopular opinion here so am including it as one of my five.

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away-by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Caraval is the first book in a trilogy all of which are magical realism. Legendary and FInale being books two and three. I absolutely adored this story and look forward to finishing the series.

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.

Hope you all enjoyed my first Top 5 Saturday. This month’s last weekly topic is March 28: Murder Mystery.


  1. I discovered Bone Gap when I was looking for books for this week’s topic but I really am intrigued by the idea. It sounds like Every Heart a Doorway which I haven’t read yet either. I own a copy of The Wicked Deep and hope to have time to read it soon! I did really enjoy the first two books in the Caraval series, I own Finale, but haven’t read it just yet. I should really pick that one up soon!


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