Magic in Reading A Book

Do you believe there is magic in reading? Do you think that magic only exists in fairy tales? I believe that magic is everywhere if you choose to find it. I agree wholeheartedly with author Roald Dahl in his excellent assessment of magic.

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

By Roald Dahl in The Minpins

If you follow along, I will give you 5 ways that magic can be found in reading a good book.

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1. Fantasy

The most obvious place to look for magic is in the hearts of fantasy writers. All you must do is browse your favorite bookstore or public library shelves to escape into a magical world full of exciting people, beasts, and objects.

From the magical world of Alice in Wonderland to the beautiful scenery of Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings, you can find magic in any realm. All you must do is allow yourself to become immersed in the fantasy world and believe that you can make your own magic.

2. Poetry

Get lost in verse! Poetry can take you from one plane to another in just a few words put together magically on a page. Maya Angelo was one of the most brilliant poets of our day, and she made pure magic through the power of her beliefs.

Music is also poetry. Have you never felt music move you in a way that you can’t explain? That is another form of magic. The lyrics of Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash move stadium crowds, why not you?

Take a moment to lose yourself in a piece of music or a tome of poetry. Really listen or read carefully, and you will learn that real magic exists in reading.

3. Romance

A good romance novel can make you tingle from the top of your head to your toenails when you are amidst the glow of new love. If you have ever felt the magic of being in love, you can relive this feeling every time you open a book of true love.

Have you ever wanted a love like that of Princess Buttercup and Wesley from The Princess Bride? Their love is magical, and I still get tingly when I read their story, which I do at least once a year. How about the love of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice? Another love story for the ages.

4. Sports

In every football game played in a small town across the country and every little league baseball team ever formed, you find evidence of magic. These kids believe in the magic that they will one day be the next Babe Ruth or Vince Lombardi.

You only need to look as far as Shoeless Joe to find your Field of Dreams. The magic in that book will surely bring tears to the eyes of even the biggest cynic.

5. Fairy Tales

The epitome of all magic is the fairy tale. Who doesn’t want mice to turn into footmen and a pumpkin carriage as in Cinderella? The mere thought of a better life brings you a fairy godmother or some dwarves to soothe your soul until your prince arrives.

The Disney versions of popular fairy tales are more hopeful than the originals. Still, anything that teaches us to follow our dreams and lead us to a better life is good.


Yes, I may have an overromanticized gleam in my eye, but I also see the magic in reading all around me. I am never without the hope that I can find solace in a book. No matter the adversity I face, getting lost in a good book leaves my troubles behind.

Do you have magic in your life? Try picking up a book and see what magic in reading can mean for you.

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  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you Kimberly, books are a unique form of magic and very special. I loved reading this post, it was beautiful.

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