Top 5 Saturday is run by Amanda @ Devouring Books. Every week showcases 5 books that share a common theme. This week’s theme is Magical Books.
When I first saw today’s theme, I was super excited because “magical” makes me immediately think of fantasy, my absolute favorite genre. But then my brain kind of stuttered when it realized this is a list of 5 books. How could I choose between all the incredible fantasy books with magic?! Well, I finally decided to go with books set in the real world where there just happens to be magic. Made it a little easier, at least…
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
My mom somehow received an ARC of this one, which she absolutely refuses to let out of her hands, but at least she let me read it and fall in love with it. Of course this is the one that made me love magical realism.
Quaking Soul by Jennifer M. Zeiger
This is one for nature lovers! I loved that, instead of focusing on an urban setting and bringing in magic and magical creatures, it took me deep into the natural world of the US and showed me both the magic of nature and how closely entwined magical creatures can be with nature.
Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece
I had a rough start with this one, but it’s a lovely book that pays it’s due respect to nature and is all about the magic inherent to nature. A good one to read along with Quaking Soul!
The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers
A demonic circus and a young woman who can call a demon grandpa. The spurts of magic are a lot of fun, but I really enjoyed the circus.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
Such a fun witchy read perfect for getting ready for the Halloween season! If there’s really a town out there with actual witches living in it, I really, really want to visit it.
What’s the best magical book you’ve read?