Continuing on our holiday reading recommendations (no actual holiday stories included) I have two books that fall within the genre of modern fantasy. Yes, I made up that term. Magical realism? Adult-oriented fantasy? Whatever term you’d like to use, these are books set in the real world, with an element of fantasy.
Did you read fantasy as a child? I couldn’t get enough of it. I’d consume anything and everything with a dragon, flying horse, or magical school on the cover. As an adult I’ve become a bit more discerning. High fantasy knights and wizards isn’t my cup of tea anymore, but a well-plotted story with some magical elements? Well that sits just right.
Neither of these are obscure books, but if you haven’t read them, I suggest you give them a chance.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
What if Hogwarts exists but it’s darker, and scarier, and can really mess you up? Grossman puts a truly unlikable main character and a ragged group of friends into a twisty adventure. I’ve only read the first of the trilogy so far, but it was very enjoyable.
Not into this book? I suggest you check out some of Grossman’s previous work.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
What if you’re in love with someone, someone you’ve always been in love with, but he’s a little unstuck in time? I’ve read this book countless times and I still get something new out of it. From the plot to the characters, I love almost every bit of it.