Catarinalosss’ Book!Malec Fic Recs
Anonymous said: Hey! I love your blog, and I was wondering if you could recommend some malec fics to me? I can’t seem to find book malec fic anywhere. Thank you!
Ohohoh, you’re going to be sorry you asked, anon.
I have the same problem with finding good Book!Malec fics, since they’re all buried under the gargantuan pile of Show!Malec fics. Luckily, I have the procrastination skills of a teenager my age, so I was able to go through that enormous pile, and filter through the Book!Malec fanfictions. I’ll sort this masterpost with my favourite authors (because some people have the writing skills of a genius and I love all of their fics) , my favourite series’s, and my favourite fanfictions. Enjoy!
Oh man, I could go on and on why the author is one of the best fanfiction writer I’ve ever seen, but I’ll keep it brief for everyone’s sake. The plots of the fics are so amazing, they’re short and to the point, which is an immediate winner in my book, yet they have so much detail. They’ve got the characters spot-on, they’ve got the right ratio of fluff to drama, and they have amazing Malec content. Keep in mind that those are all Book!Malec fics. Also, this author has a lot of work based off the first three books in the series, there aren’t that many after CoFA.
I could literally list all their fanfictions as my favourites, but I can’t really do that, so without further ado, here are my top five:
*Pride Goeth [T, 1/1]
Summary: Magnus is attractively arrogant. Alec is horrendously sick for two days, but he gets to be right for once, so it’s worth it. “We should call it a holiday. ‘The Day Alec Was Right and Magnus Was Wrong’.”
Notes: Definitely one of my top three, this is so amazing. Great storyline, well written characters, and full of fluff.
*Snippets [T, 6/6]
Summary: One hundred and fifty one-sentence Magnus/Alec fics - everything from angst to crack to pure fluff. “I don’t think writing ‘Property of Magnus Bane’ on the back of my jeans is the ‘subtle sign of possession’ you were looking for.”
Notes: This fic takes you on a journey. It’s short and sweet, terribly angsty at times, and I love it
Summary (Payment): “There were some experiences that just couldn’t be bought, and being shyly hit on by a drowsy nine-year-old was one of them.” Because I am in love with the concept of Magnus and Alec meeting long before the party.
Indebted: Sequel to Payment. When Magnus told him “In nine or ten years, come find me and then we’ll talk,” he probably hadn’t meant “Nearly get yourself killed by a Greater Demon so I have to heal you again.” Alec was better at this when he was nine.
Notes: These are so sweet. I love the idea of Magnus meeting Alec as a child, and this author has captured the idea perfectly. The sequel is amazing as well, definitely check it out.
Understanding [K+, 1/1]
Summary: Robert gets rocks thrown at him, Valentine is occasionally not a total sociopath, and Max almost ends up being named ‘Templeton’ - in short, eleven people who impacted Maryse Lightwood’s life, in one way or another.
Notes: This POV so refreshing, they’re all really great stories and I love Alec’s especially, it’s such an unusual fic and I adore it. (Malec at the end)
Occupational Hazard [K+, 1/1]
Summary: Preseries. “It’s tragic,” Isabelle says, “but you’ve been demoted to family pillow. Deal.”
Notes: The family dynamic in this is so great, I love all the alluding hints to the series and how the Lightwoods interact with each other (this isn’t technically Malec but it’s still great)
CumberbatchCritter on AO3
I loooove this author so much. They have such an amazing way of telling a short, fluffy story. I re-read this authors works all the time, because I adore them so much, and the amount of Malec fluff in these is almost too much, but not quite. Again, these are all Book!Malec fanfictions. There are a lot of sick!fics, which I love, but other people may not like, so just a heads up, but they are extremely well written.
Here are my top five:
*Out of Character [T, 1/1]
Summary: “… The city… was devastated and… there was a lake of blood… I saw you… reflected in it… and you were drowning…” He raised his head, looking blearily up towards Alec. “I think it’s a trap… and I can’t lose you… Alexander.
“Magnus has a dream. One of those dreams. When he comes to, all he can focus on is getting to Alec.
Notes: Usually these fics of Magnus-having-a-vision-of-Alec-dying are so overdone, but this fic comes in my top three, it’s so amazing.
**Marred Beauty [M, 1/1]
Summary: Alec has scars.
He thinks that they’re not important.
Magnus calls them battle scars.
Notes: This is probably my favourite from this author, be warned, the Malec content in this is extraordinarily adorable. Tw - mentioned attempted suicide and scars.
Poison [T, 1/1]
Summary: Magnus knew there was something to be said about being on his knees in front of his boyfriend, but he guessed the effect was lessened slightly when he was on his knees because he hunched over the toilet, desperately trying not to throw up into it.
Notes: Magnus gets food poisoning. Fluff ensues. Enough said.
When in Doubt, Add Glitter [T, 1/1]
Summary: Magnus wanted to kill whoever had given Alec the flu, because he hated seeing his favourite Shadowhunter (and boyfriend) so miserable.
Notes: Alec contracts the Flu. Fluff-filled, very cute.
*Wounds Left Open [T, 1/1]
Summary: “I’m serious, Alec,” Magnus said. “I had a knife against my throat and all I could think about was you… black hair, blue eyes, and the smile I fell for.”
Notes: Sort of a filler in between the return from Edom and the Malec make up, a little AU-ish, but still a favourite of mine.
Noisyhanners on AO3
AAAAA. This author is AMAZING. Their works are so sweet and nice and CUTE! If you like Lightwood-Bane family antics, this is the author for you. Max and Rafe are good kids, Alec and Magnus are great parents, fluff is STUFFED into these fics. All Book!Malec fics!
There are only four fics, so I’ll list them all as my top four:
*Rafe’s First Sleepover [K+, 1/1]
Notes: Rafael and Tavvy are future parabatai goals, featuring Emma and Jules. Very cute.
*Max Goes to Prom [K+, 1/1]
Notes: My absolute FAVOURITE. They’re just a normal, happy, functioning family :“))
*Cat Comes to Dinner [K+, 1/1]
Summary: Catarina not-so-secretly loves the Lightwood-Bane house.
Notes: Pure family antics, in Catarina’s POV. I highly recommend, super sweet.
*Total Bliss [K+, 1/1]
Summary: Alec and Magnus have a soft conversation over wine one rainy Saturday night-in.
Notes: DOMESTIC MALEC. ENOUGH SAID.
Thewholocked on AO3
I’m a sucker for alternate universes, and this author has tons. Hogwarts, Childhood Friends and just pure fluff drabbles, this author has a LOT. Keep in mind that there are some show!malec fics, but there are twice as many Book!Malec fics. The writing is a bit punctuated, but I don’t really mind. Pretty sure these are all Book!Malec again.
*Hitting (On) [K+, 1/1]
Summary: In which Alec and Magnus are Beaters of opponent Quidditch teams and hate (love) each other.
Notes: Ahhhhh. Don’t you just love enemies to friends to lovers AND Hogwarts AU’s?
*And This is How it Starts [T, 1/1]
Summary: Basically Malec friend to lovers au.
Notes: Childhood Friends and drunken kissing. What could go wrong?
The Champions [K+, 1/1]
Summary: Alec is from Durmstrang, Magnus is from Beauxbaton and they both happen to be the champions.
Notes: Magnus is from Beauxbaton, Alec is from Durmstrang, and they’re competing in the Triwizard Tournament. Fluff.
In Love [K+, 1/1]
Summary: ‘A diaper. An actual freaking diaper. I was looking for that last night, I wrecked our sock drawer trying to find it and-it’s not funny, Alexander!’
But Alec was laughing so hard he couldn’t even respond, his voice musical, his head thrown back and Magnus starting smiling too because Alec’s laugh was so contagious and so utterly honest.
Notes: Tooth-rotting fluff.
One Step at a Time [K+, 1/1]
Summary: Alec and Magnus teach their son how to walk.
thewarlocksbitch on AO3
This author does some amazing fanfiction, but be warned, there are a load of smut fanfictions. The non-smut and smut ones are REALLY cute, and well written, and some of my top 10.
like a mischievous teenager [E, 1/1]
Summary: 'my parents hate you so I’m sneaking you in at night for sex shhh’ malec high school au
Notes: Cute, and very smutty.
fearless [K+, 1/1]
Summary: kiss in the accords hall from Alec’s pov
Notes: Hall of Accords. Need I say anything more
surprise PDA [K+, 1/1]
Summary: prompt: i wasn’t gay but then i kissed you in front of some homophobes to piss them off and now im im kinda gay au (well actually I am gay but I’m closeted and didn’t know how much I like you)
Notes: ahhhhh this is so cute omg, I love how Alec is written in this.
*sleepover [T, 1/1]
Summary: “we’re in college and living in the same dorm, and I find you passed out in the elevator after a night out with friends” au
Notes: I just love college AU’s. Very cute.
*truth or dare? [T, 1/1]
Summary: malec highschool au with best friends to confused crushes after a truth or dare kiss and “Looks like we’ll be trapped for a while…”
Notes: Childhood BFF AU’s are the best. Really well written.
This author has everything. I love them. I feel as if most of what they write is canon in my mind, because it’s that good and that well written. There’s loads of Malec fics which are AMAZING, and some Heline fics which are SUPER GOOD and you should definitely check out. These are all Book!Malec.
*A Conversation on Immortality [T, 1/1]
Summary: Aline comes to a realization, and seeks advice from the only person she can think of who knows what to do. Post-CoHF
Notes: This fic makes me cry every time I re read it. Amazing Malec, Heline, and Alec/Aline brotp. Highly recommend.
*Where Thou Diest, I Will Die [T, 1/1]
Summary: …and there will I be buried: The Angel do so to me, and more also. - Parabatai OathWhat happens to the other half of the parabatai bond when one dies?Alec’s side of the Battle of Brocelind Plain, after Jace was stabbed.
Notes: another heartbreaking fic, with Malec and platonic Jalec feels.
**Bewitching Bouquets [K+, 1/1]
Summary: All Magnus wanted was the cute blue-eyed man’s phone number. All Alec wanted was to be able to breathe.
Notes: AAAAAA I LOVE THIS FIC. FLOWER SHOP AU’S ARE MY WEAKNESS.
To Love Someone That Much [T, 1/1]
Summary: Helen imparts some words of wisdom on Magnus about his past, and current, relationship with Alec before she leaves for Wrangel Island.
Notes: Pre-Malec make-up, when Helen kicks Magnus in the ass to get his act together. Another amazing fic.
*Secret Fights [K+, 1/1]
Summary: Alec and Magnus were supposed to have a happy relationship, not one like Mom and Dad’s. Isabelle hated hearing secret fights occurring in the middle of the night when the couples in question thought no one would hear them. She heard. Isabelle always heard.
Notes: During CoLS. THE ANGST.
Again, an amazing author which I highly recommend, they’ve got everything from sentence fics to chaptered. Such a beautiful writer.
Fragments [T, 1/1]
Summary: One hundred one sentence pieces of Magnus/Alec from angst to fluff. “Okay, I’m giving you exactly one minute to explain to me why and whereto all my clothes have vanished – and 'because they were black’ is not a valid answer.”
Notes: Amazing sentence fic, cute & funny
Five Times…. [T, 1/1]
Summary: ..Magnus Bane saved Alec Lightwood, and one time he couldn’t.
Notes: Hilarious fanfic, not what you think it is.
Summary: In which Magnus lies wide awake at night and ponders over the fragility of their relationship.
Notes: Angsty af, but I love it.
Letters From Nowhere [T, 11/11]
Summary: A mysterious letter at the front door, with no indication who might have sent it. And if Alec wants to find that person, he has to solve the puzzle laid-out for him…
Notes: Such a cute AU, I recommend this fic so much.
Kaleidoscope [T, 1/1]
Summary: “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” Drabble-collection.
Notes: Drabble collection. Very cute and occasionally angsty
FAVOURITE STAND-ALONE FICS
Finding Out by jennynivea [T, 1/1]
How the different people in Alec’s life find out that he is engaged to Magnus. Includes Izzy and Simon, Jace and Clary, Aline and Helen and Maryse and Robert. With a dash of fluff, humor and heartfelt feels.
Notes: Very funny, especially the Izzy and Simon section
Instruments of Chaos by pissedofsandwich [T, 1/1]
It all started with, “Marry me today.” Or, the one where Alec and Aline kicked ass in the Clave meeting. Or, basically, all of the official pairings cramped in one fic and caused chaos.
Notes: This one is a bit cheesy, but I still love it. Notice the use of the unidentified snippets.
A Soft White Damn by twahtohnedskee [K+, 1/1]
She bet he was waiting for someone. Boys like that always were. She hoped that the girl was pretty, at least. By now, the boy’s cheeks were starting to color due to the cold. It was kind of adorable. She didn’t understand why anyone would keep a boy like that waiting.
Notes: A beautiful fic, told in an outsiders POV.
We Can Try by prodigaldaughter13 [T, 1/1]
Jace is causing trouble once again, plotting to get Magnus and Alec back together.
Notes: Basically someone’s take on how Magnus and Alec were going to get back together, it’s an adorable fic and I love it so much.
The Other Side by saraubs [T, 1/1]
Alec finds an old trunk full of mementos in Magnus’s closet and is upset to find that there’s nothing in there to remind Magnus of him. Or is there? Inspired by the short story “Magnus’s Vow”.
Notes: Where Alec finds Magnus’ box of memories and gets a vision of all the moments featuring him important to Magnus. Very good ff.
Ask Me by himekohimura [K+, 1/1]
A short of the City of Glass scene.
Notes: Aaaaa so cute!!!! I love re-reading this one.
Bits and Pieces by Take_Me_To_My_Fragile_Dreams [T, 3/?]
A collection of 1000 prompts all centering around Magnus and Alec.
Practical: “Magnus, sliding down a rainbow to reach the altar isn’t really the best idea, it’d probably spook the flying horses you’re so keen on having.”
Notes: A lovely sentence fic, ranging from fluff to angst
Don’t Touch My Heart (I Was Taken From The Start) by Take_Me_To_My_Fragile_Dreams [T, 1/1]
In a world where everyone has a soulmate whose name is tattooed on their wrist, Alec and Magnus are just trying to find one another among the masses.
Notes: This is SUCH a beautiful fic. Honestly. If you like soulmate AU’s, this is the fic for you.
Some Day by Take_Me_To_My_Fragile_Dreams [K+, 1/1]
Some day he’ll stop blaming Jace. (But not today).
Notes: Hella cute phone conversation fanfic.
Of Weddings and Surnames by fakeditfromthewordgo [K+, 1/1]
'“I’ve met a lot of men–“ Jace snorted, and Magnus’ eyes narrowed– “but I don’t think anyone could forget Will Herondale.”’
Notes: Jace is nervous on his wedding day, and Magnus tells him about his ancestor. Not really Malec, but a cool fic anyways.
Flicker by may10baby [T, 1/1]
Set during the main battle of COA. Magnus’ POV as he rescues Alec from drowning.
Notes: I have nothing to say except :“(((.
The Memory Room by ElvenAvari [K+, 1/1]
Imagine somebody who’s immortal having a gigantic room where all the walls are completely covered up with photos. Each one is of a different loved one whom they have outlived.
Notes: *violent sobbing*
Open Doors by gigi_marlee [K+, 1/1]
The day Alec moved into Magnus’ loft in Brooklyn was the day he told his mother he was moving out.
It was easier to do when he practiced with Magnus.
Notes: Cute Mayrse and Alec dynamic, I really like this one.
Across the Realms by KataraAlchemist [T, 10/10]
It’s happened before, a shadowhunter moved wrong or just didn’t move fast enough, and the next moment they were gone. Sucked into another realm. And they never came home, not alive or in one piece anyhow. Now it is happening again, Alec is gone.
Notes: This is such an emotional fic, it says in first person POV though, so don’t read if you don’t like.
things we’re good at by alicelightwoodbane [T, 1/1]
Notes: Post-CoHF. This is such a CUTE AND ADORABLE FIC! I cannot recommend this more.
Day 6: "Take my strength” Day by Malteser24 [K+, 1/1]
Notes: This fanfiction made me bawl like a baby, it’s such a sweet beautiful fic. Malec weddings are the best.
Very Good News by Kimmy [K+, 1/1]
Never had a phone call at three in the morning spelled good news.
Notes: This is an amazing fic, adorable and sweet. :“))
Kiss the Teacher by Aristola Gracewell [T, 1/1]
Rainy days makes for lazy mornings. Magnus tries, and fails, to bribe his boyfriend to take a day off work. Being the sweetheart that he is, he offers to make-up for lost time by giving a nearly-tardy Alec a ride to work.
(Or: This is what happens when Alec’s students catch him kissing Magnus in the entryway.)
Notes: AAAAA I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS FIC. TEACHER AU.
Boyfriend’s Lesser Talents by Aristola Gracewell [T, 1/1]
”You hate cooking” Alec blurted out.
“But that doesn’t mean I’m not any good at it.”
Notes: Super sweet and domestic, I’m in love with this.
The Descent by GiveUpResistance [E, 10/10]
He brought a splash of colour, of life, to him when he sat down next to him with a graphite smudged face when he was fifteen, and after seven years of being his friend, Alec loves him still, falling harder and harder with each passing moment, with every word and look, every fight and every apology, a steepening descent. Malec AU set over seven long years of falling.
Notes: Oh god. This fic made me laugh, cry, and everything in between. This is my favourite fanfic at the moment. It’s super angsty, sweet at the end, and will probably make you sob. tw for self harm.
A Splash of Colour by irie_eerie [K+, 1/1]
Alec always felt invisible, an outsider watching from the sidelines. Then he meets Magnus, a street painter who lives his dream in a world of color. “It just takes one person to make you feel like you belong. To make you feel special.” AU-AH, Malec. Inspired by the movie The Giant Mechanical Man.
Notes: THIS IS SO ADORABLE AND SWEET. ONE IF MY FAVOURITES.
Harder Things to Say by Diabolus_Invictus [T, 1/1]
Following the events of 'City of Heavenly Fire’, Alec returns to Magnus’s apartment for the first time to figure out how this is going to work in the aftermath of… well, everything.
Notes: This is such an amazing fic, it’s so good I consider it canon in my mind. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
We’re Gonna Be Okay by Inrainbowz [K+, 1/1]
Isabelle observes Alec and Magnus and thinks that maybe, just maybe, everything will be fine.
Keep This Love in a Photograph by blushingkurt [K+, 1/1]
Magnus Bane, being immortal, had a hard time remembering things that have happened in his past. That’s why he turns to photography - to capture the more important aspects of his life so he can look back and remember them forever.
Notes: This is an amazing short fic, it’s a million times better than what the description says.
Frankly, Catarina by A_Graph_You_Look_At [K+, 1/1]
“You are aware of the immense inequality in the dynamic of your relationship, aren’t you?”
Notes: Lovesick Magnus is one of the best Magnus’. Great fic.
Six Stages of Falling in Love by vulturemomen [T, 1/1]
Notes: This fic does not get enough credit. It’s so well written and beautiful.
They Go in Pairs by Inrainbowz [K+, 1/1]
”All I want is the knowledge that I won’t ever have to chose between the two of you.“
Alec tries to understand the problem between Jace and Magnus. He is not asking them to be the best of friends, but he needs his boyfriend and his brother to get along a minimum.
Notes: A great fanfic. :)))))
Hold Onto Those by Inrainbowz [T, 1/1]
“Do you want to make a wish?” “Fuck off.” “Come on, it’s just a question. What would you wish for? If you could ask for anything.” “I would wish for this pain to disappear.” “Ah. A classic. My wish is to have the sentence "Be careful of what you wish for” tattooed on my forehead. But for now, it’s all about you.“
Notes: This fic doesnt get enough credit, and its so much more than the description. A take on post-CoLS
slow, steady and a little unusual by softlightwood [T, 1/1]
Isabelle blinks slowly.
"He kissed me, and i- i fell. Down the stairs”
Notes: tHIS IS SO CUTE, a take on the aftermath of malec’s first date, a little au-ish.
hold onto me by softlightwood [T, 1/1]
“Is this the worst of it? Are you hurt anywhere else?" "I think I may have sprained my ankle” Magnus answers thoughtfully. “And my pride. But that’s the main source of the problem, I imagine”
Notes: Magnus gets hurt, Alec takes care of him :”)
we’re good, we’re solid, we’re gold by softlightwood [K+, 1/1]
A rune comes to Clary in a dream. She knows exactly who it’s meant for.
Notes: If this doesn’t become canon, I’ll cry.
kiss me until the morning light by alicelightwoodbane [M, 1/1]
There are lots of different kisses.
Notes: post CoHF and adorable.
Priorities by Pendragon2601 [M, 1/1]
When Alec is badly injured after a routine patrol, Magnus is called to help save his life. Once he is cured, they then have a much needed talk about their prioities as parents.
The Lightwood-Bane Chronicles by alecdvnpt
Three amazing stories following the life of the Lightwood-Bane’s. I would highly recommend this series, it’s so fluffy and adorable and great, I love it so much.
So that’s all! I’ll definitely add to the list when I come across, enjoy!