I find a way to include Harry Potter in every post.
While this idea is by no means original (I saw it on Book Riot, but I am pretty sure you can find posts like this everywhere), I really like it and I think it’s a lot of fun! So I made a list of four suggestions for each of the four Hogwarts houses (but I think you should still read them all!). Also, why not enter my giveaway and maybe win yourself one of the beautiful 20th anniversary house editions!
“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”
Now Ravenclaw for me symbolizes wit and cleverness, a deep analysis of how things work and why they are how they are. Which is why I think these books are great for a Ravenclaw. The Raven Cycle exudes cleverness and it is mystical and has magic that is so deeply rooted, it feels almost ancient. It’s definitely something a Ravenclaw can appreciate. Camus’ The Outsider is one of the greatest books of all time, and it poses such deep questions about life, and humanity and is deeply rooted in existential philosophy. The same goes for Crime and Punishment, but this deals with moral philosophical dilemmas and it’s a book that will leave you thinking long after you finished it. Lastly, Kill the Next One is a newer release, a psychological thriller that really messes with your mind and makes you question how it all works and what does it all mean. A lot of food for thought for Ravenclaws!
“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil.”
Now Hufflepuff for me is all about cozy, warm feelings, about friendships and loyalty. Basically all things nice. Which is why Fangirl, a coming of age story about fandom, about family, about friendship and about love is a perfect pick for a Hufflepuff. Next, Watership Down is one of those overlooked classics (much like Hufflepuffs), but it is a gem of a book (much like Hufflepuffs as well!). It’s a story about community, and family and finding your place and it is lovely. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is again a much loved book, a coming of age story, about again, family and friendship and love. And it’s great. Lastly, Hufflepuff’s can be kick ass too, which is why Truthwitch, a book about two amazing witches who also happen to be best friends and would do anything for each other is another great Hufflepuff pick!
“Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.”
Slytherin for me means smart, cunning, ambitious and morally grey, hence the selections! Yes, I already recommended Crime and Punishment, BUT I thought it’d be fun to contrast why the rec for both houses. While the philosophical aspect is very Ravenclaw, the moral dilemma itself is very Slytherin. Crime and Punishment deals with how far would we go to achieve greatness, and where should we draw the line. Artemis Fowl is a middle-grade adventure about an evil boy genius. That’s just self explanatory. Gone Girl or any Flynn book for that matter, relies heavily on it’s smart, twisted characters, which any Slytherin is bound to enjoy. And lastly, The Lies of Locke Lamora is an epic story of a genius thief, who gets tangled up in a large scoped adventure. Lots to chew on!
“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart”
These was actually hardest to pick! Gryffindor is all about bravery, but also recklessness and mostly adventure. So I chose Ready Player One, which is this huge video game Sci Fi adventure that is constant action and keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times. Next, any Riordan book is great for Gryffindors, but I chose The Kane Chronicles, because they never get enough attention. And you learn about Egyptian mythology, which isn’t as well known as Greek, so a bonus! The Mistborn Trilogy is probably the greatest story you’ll ever read, and it’s so epic it will blow your mind. Lastly, I think comics work great for Gryffindors, since they are action packed and quick, and East of West happens to be my favorite. And it’s a Sci Fi Western, so what’s not to love?
So those are my recommendations based on Hogwarts houses! Let me know what you think and be sure to share your recs if you have any!
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