Books for Gryffindor/Ravenclaws/Slytherins/Hufflepuffs- *ULTIMATE EDITION* PART 2

Hello all! So, a while back I did a massive bumper post recommending books for different Hogwarts houses- and even then I had many more books up my sleeve that I could’ve list… which is why today, as promised, I’m back for round two- with a slight twist later on in the post!

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Gryffindor– Though this isn’t my house, this is by far one of my favourites to choose for, because so many heroes belong in this house. Let’s jump straight into it:

Percy Jackson– I always think that a lot of heroes make great Gryffindors and Percy Jackson is no exception! He’s not only kickass, he’s incredibly loyal to his friends and fulfils the role of the hero perfectly.

Bear and the Nightingale– Vasya is one of my favourite female heroines and a lot of that comes down to her bravery. And this is not just down to her riding horses and dressing like a man- it is a deeper sort of boldness to stand up for what she believes in and not be cowed by the social conventions. She has the bravery to be herself and it is that quality that I admire most of all.

Sadie– it’s really hard to talk about this book without getting spoilery (or teary)- but there’s a reason I love this book so much and that’s Sadie’s unwavering bravery in the face of hardship. She pushes through and goes through hell seeking justice- and what is that if not the actions of a true Gryffindor?

Resistance– this lesser known Holocaust book isn’t to be underestimated. Telling the story of the Norwegian resistance, this is a thrilling tale is not to be missed.

Alex Rider– like I said, action heroes make excellent candidates for this house. And while it may be a little silly that this spy wonderkid has saved the world quite so many times in a single year, I’d be remiss not to mention this for Gryffindors.

Crown of Feathers– I read this a while ago and don’t think I’ve done the raving this book really deserves! A book about phoenixes, set in an utterly unique fantasy world and with an amazing Gryffindor lead, this sensational new series is one to watch!

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Ravenclaw– Okay, as I said last time, choosing books for my own house is surprisingly tricky. Maybe it’s because us Ravenclaws always want to go for the clever option 😉 Let’s see if I succeeded…

And Then There Were None– if you are looking for the *smartest* mystery of all time, then look no further! If you don’t know the twist already, I guarantee you will not guess it. It’s the kind of *mind-blowing* ending that knocks most others out the park. Ravenclaws and other houses alike will have to stand back and admire just how good this is.

One Word Kill– this time travel book was nothing short of masterful! While on the surface it’s an entertaining, fun story, there are hidden depths here which make it so rewarding to the reader (especially if you’re like me and don’t tend delve much into science). It doesn’t hurt that Lawrence is a legit maths whizz, adding a little bit of that mysterious magic to the narrative 😉

Righteous Minds– I’m actually adding non-fic to a list for the change. The reason I recommend this one above all is because I think this offers something few books do: a chance to understand each other. This psychology book is all about why people have different political leanings and will open your mind to new ideas!

Circe– quick service announcement: Madeline Miller is a genius- that is all. In all seriousness, I don’t know a better retelling of any classic. Beautifully written and accurate and transformative, you cannot get better than this.

Master and Margarita– admittedly, this one is a little strange… but completely brilliant. There are so many layers to the story that it’s impossible to get to the bottom of- and that’s just one of the things that makes it so worthwhile.

Alice in Wonderland– this is the kind of book for the more Luna-Lovegood-type of Ravenclaw. Quirky and nonsensical on one level, it has hidden linguistic and meaningful depths that will take you down many-a rabbithole!

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Slytherin– this is unsurprisingly one of my favourite houses and basically the most fun to choose books for- cos who doesn’t like being a little bit bad sometimes? Just kidding- I really love this house cos it has so much more scope than that, as you’ll soon see…

Count of Monte Cristo– a story about a wronged man seeking revenge, this classic tale, with its dark and sweet notes, is the perfect pick for any Slytherin worth their salt.

Macbeth– sticking with the theme of ambition, this cautionary tale of rising and falling on the whims of fate is bloody good.

Vanity Fair– witty and yet admittedly full of unlikeable characters, there are pros and cons to reading this book, and yet I feel strongly that Becky Sharp is one of literature’s greatest Slytherin characters.

Cruel Prince– I fell hard for this fresh fairy story last year- and for good reason! Jude, the main character, isn’t your typical heroine. Admittedly, she has traits from so many of the Hogwarts houses: she can wield a sword, she’s wicked sharp and she’s loyal to her family- but the reason I recommend this to Slytherins above all is because it’s her unwavering ambition which drives her and makes her a match for any fey.

Young Elites– this is such an underrated YA fantasy series! Which is a shame, because it does a *frickin fantastic* job of portraying anti-heroes/heroines. Annnnd I don’t want to say more on it for fear of spoilers, but suffice to say you should prepare to get *EMOTIONS* reading these books!

Daisy Jones and the Six– a story about a seventies rock band, this is *GLORIOUS* book for anyone looking for a more modern tale of ambition. The best thing about this book by far is the intricate characterisation that Taylor Jenkins Reid is becoming famous for. And, with amazing performances, the audiobook is definitely the way to go for this one.

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Hufflepuff– Last time, I got a lot of feedback from Hufflepuffs that they hadn’t read my picks, sooo I decided to ask an *actual* Hufflepuff this time! I’ll be passing you off to the Monkey Baby! *SURPRISE*! Now if they’re not right, I get to totally abdicate responsibility 😉 Over to you Monkey Baby:

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Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants– the perfect teen-y girly magical romance and friendship novel. Deserves the world’s supply of bananas.

Sense and Sensibility– classic Victoria sponge! Delicious and enrichingly teaches you about relationships in the best way.

Little Women– The feels!!! You will fall in love with this family! You will!

Captivate– what better than to learn a few tricks on how to connect better with people. Such a great and helpful read. Monkey baby approved.

Before Happiness– want to be like Tigger (or at least less like Eeyore)? This book is essential to teach you how to always have that monkey grin.

Lucky Star– one of my faves! NUFF SAID! I read it so many times! So cute and smushy- the love and friendship will make you melt!

Well there you go- I hope you enjoyed that different take at the end! That’s all for now! This was more fun than I expected! Plus, I had so many more books up my sleeve that this easily could’ve gone on a lot longer! Do you agree with any of these? Do you have any additions I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!

Books for Gryffindor/Ravenclaws/Slytherins/Hufflepuffs- *ULTIMATE EDITION*

 

Hello all! I have a *huge* bumper post for you all today! Over the last few months, I’ve seen so many fantastic posts recommending books based on your Hogwarts houses- most recently on the wonderful Weird Zeal‘s blog (do check out her brilliant version for more recs!)- so I thought I’d do it myself.

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Gryffindor– Well, this wasn’t too tricky to choose for, since it’s no secret that Gryffindors make excellent leading ladies and gents!

Alanna: The First Adventure– let’s face it, Tamora Pierce is the *QUEEN* of kickass heroines. And who better than the one, the only, the original: the Lioness!

I Coriander– this may be more of an unusual choice, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of finding your courage.

Last kingdom– something about this book screams GRYFFINDOR! I guess it’s all the fighting 😉 Admittedly, Uhtred gets by on his wits just as much as his sword, so this could be suited to brainy-but-still-brawny-Hermione types.

Hunger Games– I mean, I’d be remiss not to mention this, wouldn’t I? Katniss personifies so many of the Gryffindor traits, speaking of which…

Northern Lights– Lyra is the epitome of fearless! Again, this book would easily have broader appeal, but I think Gryffindors will get a kick out of this wild adventure. Be warned though, by the time the series ends, you may end up cowering in floods of tears. Which reminds me…

The Book Thief– I’ll admit, I get almost too emotional thinking about this book. But it’s such a beautiful story about bravery in the darkest of times.   

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Ravenclaw– You’d think that since this is my house it’d be easy for me to choose- not so! I oddly found it more of a challenge to just think beyond what I like to read and pick things with more House-wide appeal- you’ll be the judge of whether I succeeded 😉

Red Rising– this book was a bit of a hatstall to be honest, cos I could easily have put it in any of the houses. It has a similar bravery aspect to Hunger Games, the heroes are all super ambitious, and there’s the incredible Darrow/Sevro friendship at the heart of it… buuut in the end I thought all the strategizing and Ancient-Rome-based world building made it a great fit for us Ravenclaws (to be fair, this could easily have been me being totally biased as a Ravenclaw that loves this series 😉)

Shadow of the Wind– not only is this an excellent mystery for us Ravenclaws to scratch our heads over, but it’s also a story about the love of books. Let me say that again: it’s a story about BOOKS. And we all know how much we love books 😉

Turn of the screw– going the more traditional route, this is a classic, thrilling tale. Even better than a regular scary story, there’s no correct answer here and you’ll be left wondering what just happened? Was the narrator reliable? Who can I trust? Which, you know, is exactly what us geeky types want.

The Waste Land– so. much. intertextuality. You’ll need *all the footnotes* to get every single one of the references. And that works out really well for those of us who love an intellectual challenge!

Crime and Punishment– Dostoevsky is nothing if not thought provoking and this philosophical exploration of a murder really gets to the heart of the human condition. While perhaps some might see this as good for Slytherins looking to (not) get away with murder, I think this will appeal even more to Ravenclaws with a penchant for psychology.

Phantom tollbooth– it’s not all tough classics and mindbendy books for us Ravenclaws! Sometimes we like the quirkier things in life- not least children’s books with jokes about grammar… like this one!

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Slytherin– Despite my earlier banter about this house, I have a deep love for Slytherins (and reckon it’s where I’d have liked to end up if I wasn’t a Ravenclaw through and through). Often misunderstood and definitely underappreciated, I’ve got your back with some *wicked* reads:

Game of thrones– duh. I mean, I think most people in these books (who survive) are hardcore Slytherins. I feel like sometimes this comes across as a How To Be Cunning Guide- which is no doubt handy for a lot of Slytherins 😉

Six of crows– loads of people said this but that’s cos it’s perfect. Kaz and the whole gang are an *awesome* set of Slytherin-style heroes- sure, they may be willing to break the law to get what they want, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about each other! (and will use all their Slytherin wiles to protect each other!)

Prince of Thorns– another obvious one. Prince Jorg is by far one of my favourite Slytherin-types. He is sharp as a blade- in more ways than one- and pretty good at getting what he wants 😉

To Kill a Kingdom– Lira definitely has an edge to her, making her a great fit for this list. Plus, this is a twisted retelling of the Little Mermaid, which is perfect for this house!

Vicious– well, Schwab had to make it onto the list, one way or the other, didn’t she? 😉 And what better pick than my FAVOURITE of her series- the Villains books are complex, different and bold. Also, Victor Vale is *the best* anti-hero imaginable- just sayin’.

The Godfather– anyone that’s read this or more likely seen the films (no judgement! They’re excellent!) will know that the saga of the Corleone crime family is something that will very much appeal to the cunning reader- if only to live out the fantasy 😉

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Hufflepuff– This was such a fun house to choose for- perhaps because Hufflepuffs are easy-going, easy to be around and easy to love!

The Hating Game– it may seem surprising to include a book that has “hating” in the title for Hufflepuffs, but appearances are deceiving! Even enemies can become friends and this book shows the benefit of getting beyond first impressions. On that note…

Carry On– Rowell’s parodic vision of Harry Potter provides a very Hufflepuff take on Hogwarts- in the best possible way. Not only does it show that the very best of antagonists can become something MORE, but its cherry-scone-sweetness is a delight for all the mushy hearted people of the world.

Night of Cake and Puppets– one Hufflepuff trait I don’t see mentioned enough is a healthy love of FOOD! (boy, I can relate 😉) and for that reason alone this had to be on my list. But also, I just adore the fact that Taylor went out of her way to award the loyal best friend in Daughter of Smoke and Bone with her own swoonworthy story 😀

The Princess and the Fangirl– what better way to make friends than at a fan convention? In more ways than one, this is about coming together despite differences and I am HERE for it. Also, there’s great romances! (yup, romances, plural!)

Wonder– this could easily be a great fit for Gryffindors, however I felt with its focus on friendship, acceptance and kindness that this was a book that typifies Hufflepuff’s finest qualities.

Hitler’s Canaries– it’s very rare for a book about the Holocaust to be uplifting- but this is exactly that. In fairness, the tremendous (and true) acts of bravery by the Danish could easily make this a fit for Gryffindors, but I think the unifying humanity of this story really speaks to lengths people will go for each other, and that reminds me more of Hufflepuff’s unwavering sense of right and wrong. It is one of the most life-affirming books I have ever read and I can’t recommend it enough.

And that’s all for now! This was more fun than I expected! Plus, I had so many more books up my sleeve that this easily could’ve gone on a lot longer! Do you agree with any of these? Do you have any additions I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!

 

Hogwarts Tag

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I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw this brilliant post over on Zezee’s blog and even though I didn’t get tagged… this was too good to pass up!! Especially on Harry Potter’s birthday!

And if you’re wondering how I know that date, my answer is…

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Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Probably half blood- my family are batty enough that there’s got to be a wizard in there somewhere… but then there’d also be a lot of oblivious muggles I reckon

Which wand chose me?

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Did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

I couldn’t pass up an owl, even if I’d want a cat! Which is a pretty contrary answer, but whatever, who could say no to this face…

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Where did the Sorting Hat put me?

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What house did I want to be in?

Ravenclaw- isn’t that how the hat works? It takes your feelings into account 😉

What lessons are my favorite and least favorite?

Favorites:

Charms (what’s not to like?)

Transfiguration (ditto)

Defense Against the Dark Arts (let’s kick some dementor butt!)

Divination (if not taught by Prof. Trelawney)

History of Magic (I never get why no one likes this- it’s *history* + *magic*- basically it’s fantasy books!)

Meh:

Arithmancy (I’m assuming it’d be like maths, which I liked up until my last year of school and then I got bored)

Astronomy (it’d send me to sleep)

Study of Ancient Runes (ditto)

Care of Magical Creatures (upsides and downsides- the upsides being nifflers and hippogriffs… the downsides being blast-ended skrewts)

Least favorites:

Divination (ARGHHH THE FUTURE IS SCARY- STAY AWAY!!)

Herbology (ughh basically biology)

Potions (Snape who, let’s face it, was a horrible teacher + chemistry = yeuch!)

Muggle Studies (ermm real life? Who’d pick that?)

The form my patronus takes:

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Ocicat- I was so happy with this, cos as I mentioned recently, my favourite animal is an ocelot, and this is pretty darn close!

What does a boggart look like for me?

Ermm a crazy person? A clown? A high building? I’m pretty easy to scare… I mean just ask any of my family members- I jump when they enter a room- so yeah- it’d probably just be someone going “BOO!”

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Gosh I’d have the lamest boggart ever.

Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

Haha I’d love to think that I’d be good at quidditch- but let’s face it, I was never good at/interested in school sports. I’d have been that really cool kid that hung out in the library all the time with the books 😉

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Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?

Hehe okay, time for some naughty school confessions: I was very very good at hiding in all the schools I went to. Here are just some examples: in a secret corner of the music room I discovered was the perfect nook for reading (plus you could leave your book there before the lesson and read to your heart’s content- result!), anywhere where there were overgrown foliage, under the stairs, behind the shelves in the library, the careers room (no one was ever there), the roof (which makes sense, I *am* a monkey). It’s a wonder I was never caught- either way I imagine, even at Hogwarts (especially at Hogwarts!), I would be anywhere I wasn’t supposed to be. I’d snaffle that Marauders Map in a heartbeat and end up in the Shrieking Shack before you can say Alohamora!

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Also the message of this story for anyone under 18: stay in school kids! (But more importantly, if you’re gonna misbehave *don’t get caught*)

What would I most likely get detention for?

Reading at my desk, writing things unrelated to class, duelling (I mean if I could manage to create epic battles with just a ruler- imagine what I could do with a wand!)

What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

This one’s actually really hard, cos I don’t know that many wizarding careers- I’d say writing for the Daily Prophet cos it’s the closest to writing I can think of (I could be the next Rita Skeeter… ugh what a thought)

 

I tag:

Sophie, Vicky, Kat, Marie, Reg, Nicola, Never Not Reading, Sherbet Lemon ReviewsWonderfilled Reads and anyone else who wishes to do it!

The Great Thing About Hogwarts Houses… And Sorting British Politicians!

If there’s one thing I really like about Hogwarts, it’s the Houses system. What makes it different from, say, Divergent is that it is not just measuring your qualities, nor does it completely define you, but takes into account who you want to be most- it’s what makes it the perfect system. It’s how people perceive themselves, rather than what they are. And it’s why it makes sense to me that Peter Pettigrew was in Gryffindor and that Snape would identify himself with Slytherin. (It’s also why Dumbledore is right about sorting them to early- cos let’s face it, eleven year olds don’t always have a huge amount of self-awareness)

As you can see it’s an area that is ripe for discussion. Now since writing my review of Boris Johnson’s Churchill biography– partly looking into BoJo’s own character- I’ve been thinking about a conversation I had with my friend a while ago where we started “sorting” British politicians into houses. I’d like to share some of my theories with you:

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I’d put Theresa May in Ravenclaw- she’s certainly a very capable woman

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I had a massive disagreement with my friend on where to put BoJo- but I chose Gryffindor- because I bet he’d ask the hat to put him there for sure. It’s not that I think he deserves to be, but that he wants to be.

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Nick Clegg would definitely get put in Hufflepuff- not that he’s especially loyal- but he’d probably like to think he is. Plus there’s no way he’s smart or cunning or bold enough for the other houses.

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No hesitation- Osborne would be sorted into Slytherin faster than you could say “by George!”- I think he’d actually beat Draco Malfoy’s record for how long it took the Sorting Hat to decide.

Jeremy Corbyn is, of course, a muggle 😉

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Sorry, sorry, I forgot, he prefers “Supreme Leader”…

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So what do you think? Do you agree with me? And- dare I ask- where would you place your politicians? 

(Meanwhile I’m looking forward to all the love I’m gonna get from Corbynistas 😉 )