I was tagged by Drew@TheTattooedBookGeek to complete this tag. And let me tell you, I am completely honored! Not only did Drew create a brand new tag, but he tagged me as one of the first people to participate!! It’s like I’m a celebrity now.
Well, maybe not really. I don’t get tagged often. So to me, it matters. Like being picked for the pick-up kickball game in the park. It matters.
Why do I love this tag? Drew created this tag because we don’t get to gush about the genres we love that often in tags. Most avid readers have a “go to” genre. It’s obvious when you’re reading certain blogs what genre (or reading level!) that blogger slants towards, but WHY?! This is also why I took my sweet time working on this. I wanted to make certain I had the time to really think about my favorite genre and why it matters.
Without further ado: Let’s find out my genre loves!
- The ever amazing Drew@TheTattooedBookGeek created this tag.
- You should check out his amazing fantasy book reviews! This guy knows a thing or two about fantasy.
- He’s also snarky. I like that. You have been warned.
- Answer the questions
- Tag as many people as you want!
What is your favorite genre?
I bet that isn’t what you expected! I don’t have many magical realism books reviewed on this blog yet, sadly. But you can certainly expect to see more in the future.
Who is your favorite author from the genre?
ERIN MORGENSTERN!!! Yes, she has only published one book. But it was literally life changing for me and my reading experience. The Night Circus is one of the key inspirations for me to even start this blog.
She is immediately followed by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Gabriel Garica Marquez. The Latinx authors know a thing or two about magical realism, as they more-or-less created it. Oh, I also adore about a thousand other authors.
What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
I adore that these stories feature ordinary people going about the humdrum activities of their daily lives– except that one or two elements go beyond the ordinary. These elements might be overt or covert, but what matters is that they celebrate the mundane elements of life.
Magical realism allows us to believe in magic in real life. There are some books where the magic is so subtle you don’t know if what you are reading is magic or not. There are others where the magic is known to many, but not to all. But no matter what form the magic takes it provides a glitter and shine to reality we might not have otherwise seen. Magical realism books always make me smile.
What is the book that started your love for your favorite genre?
Unconsciously, I think it was Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. My mother gave me a copy of this book to read on the airplane when I moved from my childhood home to Madison, WI. At the time, I couldn’t place what I loved about this book, it was only after reading Like Water for Chocolate where I made the connection.
If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?
I would start with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This book seems to defy genre a bit, so no matter what sort of books you like to read you will probably find something you like in the pages of this brilliant book.
If you are someone interested in romance, check out Garden Spells.
And if you are someone interested in classics, diversity, or historical fiction, I’d start with Beloved. All of these books are amazing.
Why do you read?
There are so many reasons why I read. I read to learn about new science, histories, cultures, religions and more. I read to expand my mind with different perspectives and world views. I read to escape from the drudgery and monotony of real life. I read to stimulate my mind. I read to reduce the stress of real life on my brain. I read to expand my sadly small vocabulary (thank you, eReaders!). I read to become more empathetic. I read to stimulate my brain and provide fodder for titillating conversation with my peers. I read because I breathe.
Because I cannot imagine NOT reading.
TAG! You’re it!
- Jasmine at How Useful It Is
- Birdie at Birdie’s Bookworm Blog
- Doddy at Doddy About Books
- Laila at Big Reading Life
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books
What do you think?
- What is your favorite genre? Why?
- Did you know magical realism was a genre before now?
- Have you ever read any magical realism? What do you think of the genre?
- What book featuring magical realism is your favorite?