“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”
I personally LOVE matching books to certain traits, and matching them to your Hogwarts house is exactly that. A while back, I did two posts giving four book recommendations for each House and I stand by those – you can find them HERE and HERE. But now, we’re back for more and I have more great choices for you Ravenclaws (or for the Ravenclaws in your life, in case you are a Hufflepuff and like, care about other people). Also, yes, this is just another excuse for me to throw my favorite books at you. Let’s get into the recommendations!
1. Normal People by Sally Rooney
I think this is a great Ravenclaw pick because it’s a really insightful and detailed look at relationships and that part of the human experience. It’s a really smart and intelligent piece of writing that I think Ravenclaws will enjoy. I also feel like the structure of the novel is really clever and perceptive, and I just love how carefully this was written. I find relationships to be fascinating, but I love to see them deconstructed and really zoomed in on, in all their detail and complexity, which is a thing I think most Ravenclaws enjoy. If you want to know more about the book, you can find my review HERE.
2. A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard
This is me again yelling at you to read this. I think a lot of Ravenclaws enjoy stories and myths and I think zooming into the weave of the story, its threads and parts and how they all come together is something that feels like a Ravenclaw thing, and this book does that. There’s a fantastic retelling of the Arthurian legend in here, but the whole collection is about female agency, reclaiming it and taking women back into narratives that try to deny them their place. I love it and you will too. More thoughts can be found HERE.
3. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicone Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
I just recently finished this one and it’s really amazing. It’s a brilliant piece of investigative journalism and it really goes deep into the story of Theranos. It also goes a bit into how the actual idea and product were supposed to work and why the technology could not support it and I really loved seeing those parts. On top of that, the story is fascinating and really detailed. It’s one of those things that feels fictional because it’s so incredibly ridiculous, so it’s a really compelling read and I think Ravenclaws would enjoy both the sciencey bits and the really insightful and detailed way the story was investigated and reported.
4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
I am sure you’ve heard of this one and it’s another one I feel like it’s great for Ravenclaws because it’s really introspective and focuses on the layers and complexity of people. The writing is breathtaking and every word seems to be carefully selected and thought through. It’s really smart and complex and it definitely makes you think about people and morality and how a person is perceived by society or other people and how vastly different that perception can be from the actual person. It’s really a book that sticks with you, and makes you think about certain topics, which is why I think it’s great for Ravenclaws. More of my thoughts can be found HERE.
5. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Finally, a comic book series recommendation. Monstress is a fantastic comic series, not only because it’s art is stunning, but because it has one of the most richly imagined worlds I ever read about. The story is really complex and smart, and the folklore and mythology of the novel are really masterfully done. I think any Ravenclaw would enjoy how carefully constructed and smart this story is, while also being able to appreciate the stunning art style. Highly recommended.
And those are my newest Ravenclaw recommendations! Let me know what you think of these, if you have read the books, and what house would you like me to do next! Happy reading!
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