Adventureathon Recs | Books That Feature Fabulism

This is probably one of the hardest challenges to find books for, because fabulism is a genre that not a lot of people know about. Fabulism is generally described as any fantasy book where with magic or the supernatural is presented in an otherwise real-world or mundane setting. Magical Realism is the term used specifically for books written by LatinX authors, because magical realism has a strong cultural significance in Latin American history and writing.

I’ve shared some popular books featuring fabulism / magical realism for you below.!


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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The book that is generally described as defining the genre of ‘magical realism,’ Tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love.

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The House of Spirits | Isabel Allende

Tells the story of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. 

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The Ocean At The End of The Lane | Neil Gaiman

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where in his childhood he encountered a most remarkable girl.

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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey

Set in Alaska in 1920, two childless farmers build themselves a child out of snow who comes to life.

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The Peach Keeper | Sarah Addison Allen

Set in a fictional town in North Carolina, where the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be. Follows the story of Willa, whose ancestral family home has just been restored, but with skeletal consequences.

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The Golem and The Jinni | Helene Wecker

A chance meeting between two mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. 

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Young Adult

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender |

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

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All The Crooked Saints | Maggie Stiefvater

In Bicho Raro, Colorado, you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future

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Let me know what you think of these recommendations, and what you choose to read for the readathon!