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Book Recommendations for Each Degree of Realism

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

Grounded Realism:

Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

Slightly Grounded Realism:

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Slightly High Realism:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

High Realism:

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Higher Realism:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Magical Realism:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Froth on the Daydream by Boris Vian

More surreal surrealism:

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Lower Fantasy:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Low Fantasy:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Lower High Fantasy:

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

High Fantasy:

Six of Crows

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