ARTICLE: Recs for your Hogwarts House – Rachel

Contributed to the blog by @bookishwinterwitch

Hi Guys! I have returned from the depths of blogger silence in order to do a House Pride recommendations post! That, incidentally, I am extremely excited about. You know those “Which outfit for your star sign” posts? Well think of this as a “Which book for your Hogwarts House” kind of post. Okie dokie let’s get started.

 Gryffindor – Furyborn by Claire Legrand

F1987E2F-5D2B-48CF-92CA-DF409C73E9C7.JPGFollows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

My Thoughts

Ok so if you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I’ve been absolutely obsessing over this book recently. It is atmospheric and violent and unique and glorious and when I think of this book, I think of gold and red. Like it has that sense of richness and grandeur that those colors do. If you liked Six of Crows and Throne of Glass, you will love this book. I thought it was ToG done better, personally, because I wasn’t a fan of ToG. BUT it is so much more than that. This book is told from two perspectives, a thousand years apart. I was equally invested in both – which never happens to me – and I loved both characters. There is so much moral gray area in this book, but overall there is a sense of adventure and danger and the kind of glory that only an epic fantasy can give. Even if you’re not a Gryffindor, you will adore this book (as I did). But if I was going to sort books into houses, this one would be a Gryffindor for sure. 

Ravenclaw – Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican


Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that’s even worse in Anthony Breznican’s Brutal Youth

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive.

My Thoughts

Honest to God, this is one of my favorite books ever and I do not talk about it enough. I read it last summer and I really want to reread it in the fall or winter because it has the dark academia vibes DOWN. It deals with bullying, corrupt faculty, corrupt religious leaders, adolescent sexuality, friendship… There is SO MUCH packed into this book. It’s so different from what I usually pick up but I honestly couldn’t put it down and I’m forever in search of books that are similar. I haven’t read The Secret History, but if you have, you would like this book. And there’s nothing more Ravenclaw than dark academia, just saying. 

Hufflepuff – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer


Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

My Thoughts

I honestly don’t think a more Hufflepuff book exists. I fell in love with this book when one of the main characters broke up with her fiancé when he packed up all her books and moved them to the basement. Because honestly same. This is one of those books I read at least a decade ago and I still remember how sweet and heartwarming it is and I cannot contain the joy I feel that there’s going to be a movie. READ THIS BEFORE THE MOVIE COMES OUT. It’s an epistolary novel, which I normally hate, but this one is a really easy read and your heart will be so warm and full at the end. Just like Hufflepuffs make you feel.

Slytherin – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Thoughts

Just like with Hufflepuff and Guernsey, The Cruel Prince is the most Slytherin book to exist. It’s just a fact I’m gonna be honest with you. This book is all about ambition and trickery and some violence and cruelty thrown in. Very traditional fae mythology. And Jude is the hardest-core Slytherin ever. This is a really awesome, extremely unique book and it was not at all what I was expecting but it is atmospheric and dramatic and twisty-turny, just like the Fae. And Slytherins.

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