The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab was a breakout bestseller when it first hit the shelves in 2020. It’s a genre-bending story about a young woman who makes a deal to live forever. But there’s a drawback: she’ll be forgotten by everyone she meets. If you loved this book as much as I did, here are more magical books like The Invisible Life of Addie Larue to read!
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What is The Invisible Life of Addie Larue?
This enchanting book follows a young woman living in the early 1700s. She makes a bargain to live forever, while being doomed to be alone, forgotten by anyone she ever crosses paths with.
Until one day, after hundreds of years, she comes across a man in a bookstore who remembers her name.
It’s an exquisite story, with everything I love most about reading captured in one book.
Genre-wise, it’s hard to pin down, but it’s like a cross between historical fiction, romance, and magical realism. It’s set in the real world, but with threads of fantasy elements.
I highly recommend reading it, if you haven’t already!
Who wrote this book?
V.E. Schwab (Victoria Schwab’s pen name for her adult books) is the author.
She has written over 20 books for adults and young adults, including the Villians series and the Shades of Magic series.
Best Books for Fans of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
And now, here are similar books like The Invisible Life of Addie Larue to read next!
While the premise of Addie Larue is pretty unique, I put together the list below based on similar vibes and/or genre combinations.
Many of these are genre-bending books like Addie Larue. Some lean more toward the fantasy genre, and some lean more towards other genres, such as historical fiction or romance. Either way, they’re all great choices for your next read!
(You might also love these historical fantasy books!)
The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young
Genre: Magical Realism/Mystery/Romance
If you enjoy genre-bending stories filled with mystery, romance, and a hint of magic, I highly recommend this one!
June Farrow’s family is cursed. Every woman in her family, as far back as she can remember, has started to get “sick” at some point – seeing visions and hearing sounds that aren’t there.
After a year of these visions, her grandmother – the woman who raised her – dies, she discovers a series of strange. They lead her to believe that the red door she’s been seeing is real, and that maybe she should walk through it.
The Unmaking of June Farrow is an enchanting and unique story, with a beautiful setting (a farm in a small town in North Carolina), a fascinating historical aspect, and characters you’ll love.
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism/Mystery
Set in the late 1800s, this historical mystery – woven with threads of fantasy/magical realism – follows the inhabitants of a town in England near the river Thames.
One winter night, a child is found on the riverbank. She isn’t breathing. Hours later, she miraculously stirs. But where did she come from, and how is she alive?
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Magical Realism
Nora Seed isn’t sure she wants to be alive. But when she finds herself between life and death, she sees a library of books all around her.
All the books represent different realities – based on all the decisions Nora’s made in her life – that she can jump into and experience.
But this library won’t last forever, and Nora must make a crucial choice.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism
Ursula Todd is born in 1910. Sadly, she doesn’t survive – but that same night, she’s born again.
Thus begins her unusual journey through life, where she will die and be reborn over the next century.
But will this strange ability give her the chance to save the world from itself? And if so, will she choose to change the course of history, or leave the world to its fate?
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Magical Realism
January Scaller is the lonely ward of a wealthy man, living in a vast estate filled with strange trinkets.
One day, she comes across a peculiar book – and she’s inexplicably drawn to what’s inside. Because it’s not just a story, but a doorway to somewhere else.
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism
This beautiful historical fiction novel covers multiple generations, opening with a forbidden love between Greek and Turkish teenagers, and following one of them years later when he returns to the island as a botanist.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Romance
This beautiful story follows a magical circus called the Le Cirque des Rêves, which pops up out of nowhere to enchant its audience – but only at night.
We follow two competing magicians – Celia and Marco – as they hone their craft in preparation for a fateful finale.
They are drawn together and can’t help but fall in love, without realizing that only one of them can be left standing at the end of their inevitable battle.
With lyrical prose and magical storytelling, The Night Circus is a must-read for fans of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue.
The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Fantasy
This historical fiction novel set during World War II follows two young sisters who evacuate to the English countryside to escape the war. But soon, the younger sister goes missing.
Twenty years later, the older sister – wracked with guilt – finally thinks she’s found a clue as to her sister’s disappearance, hidden in a book.
Will she finally discover what happened to her sister all those years ago?
Will there be a TV show or movie adaptation of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue?
Yes! The Invisible life of Addie Larue is being adapted into a movie, directed by Augustine Frizzell. The movie is currently in development, with no set release date or casting details yet.
I hope you enjoy these enchanting books like The Invisible Life of Addie Larue! Happy reading. 🙂