Hello you beautiful, wonderful people! Welcome to day two of HOGWARTS HOUSE RECOMMENDATIONS. Think of this as a sorting ceremony of sorts, in which these books attempt to capture the general aesthetic of each house and in which this Hufflepuff (spoilers, I have badger pride up the wazoo) eeks and squeals a little bit about some of her current favorite reads.
“You may belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart. Their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”
So the Gryffindor lions took first slot in our sorting ceremony today, and perhaps I’ve got fall reads on the mind (i do), but the first book that came to mind was Coraline. Coraline follows the adventure of a little girl moving into the Pink Palace Apartments with her parents. Shortly after she arrives she discovers a tiny door in the wall of her living room that connects her to the Other Apartment — where her life looks exactly the same, only better. Her parents pay attention to her, she’s the center of their world, her life is full of excitement and adventure, and she gets to eat mango milkshake for dinner.
Oh, and everyone has buttons for eyes.
Coraline has to decide exactly what price she’s willing to pay in order to live the life she’s always dreamed that she wanted. With the help of a cat, some ghost children, and the maximum sass spunk, Coraline (not Caroline at all) makes some very adult decisions with the courage, hope, invincibility, and realistic selfishness of the heart of a child. She wears her heart on her sleeve, never gives up, and is brave beyond all imagining.
“Or yet, in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind, where those of wit and learning will always find their kind”
So full confession that aside from Rachel and my other Ravenclaw babes, these two houses got first spot because the last two are my favorite. Not that I’m not equally obsessed with Gryffindorand Ravenclaw, the snakes and the badgers are just my MOST FAVORITE FAVORITE. But Ravenclaw is getting one of my favorite reads of 2018, so I suppose that they win. *drumroll*
The Secret History is the story of six students studying Classical Greek at Hampden College. Henry, Francis, Charles, Camilla, Richard, and Bunny live for their shared experience and their love for experiential learning. When murder comes into play, the six walk through the meaning of humanity in a way that I can only describe as The Great Gatsby meets The Virgin Suicides meets everything Oscar Wilde has ever written ever. Originally this book was my sort for Slytherin, but the general aesthetic meant that it could only ever really be Ravenclaw. This book unfolds through dark oak halls, musty libraries, snow covered woods, over fires, over wine, over abandoned classrooms, and cozy offices filled with pipe smoke, sweater clad college students, and a whole lot of dead languages.
And off to Ravenclaw it goes.
“Or perhaps in Slytherin, where you’ll meet your real friends. Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends.”
This one was hard for me, because Slytherin is MY FAVORITE HOUSE (aside from the one that I’m actually in. *Badger noise*). Most of my recent reads would fit into Slytherin somehow, and the Slytherin soapbox is one I could get up on for PROBABLY several hours.
However, you get one book. And probably a blog post eventually about these babies.
Alias Grace is my Slytherin read because Grace Marks is potentially the most Slytherin protagonist I’ve ever encountered. The book follows the story of Grace Marks, a young girl on trial for the murder of her employers, Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. I read this book after obsessively binging the Netflix series this past year, and can honestly say that both the book and the TV adaptation are a credit to their art forms. This book is a beautifully written discourse on mental health, feminism, humanity, and what the treatment of women by women specifically looked like over the course of the 19th century. Everyone should read it. Preferably in the fall.
And since Grace is as cunning as she is beautiful, to Slytherin she goes.
“You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.”
WELCOME. I am beyond proud to call this house my home. I could go on forever, but I’ll leave you with my (VERY RANDOM) recommendation and let it speak for itself.
Alice in Wonderland may not be a great Hufflepuff recommendation at first thought, but I think it captures an aspect of being a part of this house that often gets overlooked. Unlike the other houses, Hufflepuffs don’t claim a defining characteristic. Although this sometimes gets us the reputation as the miscellaneous/cast away house, it stems from our belief that everyone should be able to determine what defines them individually. You tell us who you are and what you think defines your humanity, and we’ll be loyal to that version of you until you decide to change it, or we die. Whichever comes first.
The first thing I thought when I read Alice in Wonderland was “wow. What a (really weird, really beautiful, really high) representation of what it means to be a Hufflepuff.” Alice is thrown into a world that seems to follow a set of rules that everyone else fits into and understands, but that no one else seems to be able to articulate well. As a result, she starts to ask herself the same questions I think every Hufflepuff asks themselves as they step through the doors of Hogwarts: “Who am I, where do I fit, and what kind of person will I be?” It can be overwhelming, it can seem absolutely crazy, and a lot of the time it feels like Wonderland.
I’m proud to be a Badger, and to sport the gold and black. If you’re ever in the area, stop by for a cup of tea and some conversation. We’ve got the coziness down hard, and we love making new friends. (and we’re also excellent finders).
I hope you enjoyed these book recommendations! If you’re thinking “wow, they take this WAY too seriously”, you’re 100% correct. We’ve all been waiting for our Hogwarts letters for several years now, and living in books is how we vent our frustration. But we hope you step into them with us. And tell us why you’re proud to be a part of your wizarding house!!