More About This Blog & Me

The aim of this blog is to share with you the books I have read during my challenge to read a magic realism book a week. It has also had the unexpected benefit of helping focus my thoughts about magic realism.

I started this project because people were telling me I wrote magic realism and to be honest I didn't know what it was. Nor, it turns out, do a lot of people who use the term. For the purposes of the blog I have taken a very simple definition (see left), but several theses could be written on the subject (and are). Let us just say for the time being that the more I read, the more I realise that magic realism is not a genre, but a way of approaching writing fiction.

Most of the books featured on this blog were purchased by me. Some were given me by publishers and authors in return for an unbiased review. I also receive books via Netgalley and Edelweiss. I welcome offers of books for review, see the policies page for more information. Please read my policies page for more information.

When I began to research magic realism I discovered that not only did I write magic realism, but that I have been a fan of it for years. You will find many of my all-time favourite books on the booklist page, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Master and Margarita, Fludd and Good Omens. 

When I started this challenge in July 2012 I set myself the target of 50 books in one year. As you can see there are now 195 books in my reading list and rising. Even with my limited mathematical ability I can see that is nearly four years of reading. For some reason although I keep reading and reviewing books the list never seems to get any shorter.

I am administrator of a magic realism group on Facebook, where we share reviews and news. Please feel free to join it here  I also regularly tweet about magic realism on

Some facts about the blog
Although I am a British blogger, this blog has an international following. The readership is current 3,000 a month and rising. The current profile is 58% from the US, 12.5% from the UK, 18.7% from the rest of Europe and the remainder from other parts of the world.

About me and my writing.

My name is Zoe Brooks and I am a poet and a writer. I have always written magic realism poetry and have been successful in doing so: most recently my long poem for voices Fool's Paradise won the EPIC award for best poetry ebook. I also have a number of novels out, including The Healer's Shadow,  a magic realism trilogy - (Girl in the Glass, Love of Shadows and The Company of Shadows. Visit my Amazon Author's page or to see all my books.


Fiona Kernaghan said...

This all sounds wonderful, Zoe. Thank you for supporting Magical Realism this way! said...

So pleased to find your blog, Zoe! I also write Magic Realism and am working on novel set in a mythical Mexican fishing village. My favorite book of all time was Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by GGM...I also adore Isabel Allende. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. ¡Qué le vaya bien!

Anonymous said...

Hi Zoe, thanks for doing this! I'm trying to participate, but I find the listing only enters my first name, Leslie, even though I've put in Leslie Tate twice. That's not a big deal but I'd like my author name in full if possible. I'm unclear how this works from then on. I'll have to publish the blog on my website beforehand, surely, otherwise you can't see it? But the html links will have to go in before publication, I imagine. You can send me a message through my website and guide me through, I hope. Leslie x PS I've joined your Fb group.

Prithika said...

Great blog highlighting a genre I love so much!

One question, I'm looking for bloggers who post magic realism short stories online. Does anyone here do that?

I do, and I'd like to connect and read other fledgling authors. :-)

Zoe Brooks said...

Prithika, I suggest you join the Magic Realism Facebook Group and ask there. You can find it here;