Need to take a break from stalking the mailman for your Hogwarts letter? Don’t worry, we get it. And we’ve got the perfect list of reads to keep you distracted until it comes!
If you’re a GRYFFINDOR
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
On her way to the imperial city, Mariko is ambushed by a gang of bandits hired to kill her – so she disguises herself as a boy to lay low. A tale all about adventure, bravery, and taking charge of your own future. Do we hear a Gryffindor roar?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
How far would you go to save someone you love? Gryffindors everywhere will love rooting Feyre on as she braves test after test for the sake of her loved ones and Prythian. Definitely some brave-hearted Gryffindor vibes here.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Okay, this one is affectionately dubbed “the Nigerian Harry Potter,” so you already know we’re starting from a good place. This tale of bravery, magic, and justice is perfect for you Gryffindors out there.
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Khalid is the teenage Caliph of Khorasan who takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. It is a suspicious surprise, then, when 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she has a plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. The ultimate justice story. Go, Go Gryffindor!
If you’re a RAVENCLAW
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This is very much a Muggle book, as it’s based on a completely true historical event. Three teenagers cross paths in the search for a ship that promises them salvation from a war-torn East Prussia, running as the Russians close in…until tragedy of a different kind strikes. Powerful and moving and eye-opening, this will attract the curious Ravenclaw who might not have known anything about this catastrophic piece of World War II history.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ravenclaws are clever planners. You know what takes planning? Heists. Heists take planning. And Ravenclaws will love joining the Six of Crows crew for a high-stakes mission where everything is planned and all of the plans go wrong.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Talk about smart. Warcross stars our brilliant, beloved hacker Emika Chen and her undying ambition to solve the puzzle that is a mysterious glitch in the famous Warcross tournament before it’s too late. The perfect read for all you smartypants Ravenclaws!
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she risks her life for the rebels who promise his rescue, and spies for them from within the Martial Empire’s greatest military academy. There she meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier, but they soon realize their destinies are intertwined, and that they both are determined to fight against the tyranny of the Empire. Some might argue all the justice and bravery themes happening here make this a Gryffindor read, but we think Ravenclaws will fall in love with the intricate world-building and brilliant minds at play here.
If you’re a HUFFLEPUFF
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Calling all Hufflepuffs! This is a story of family, friendship, grief, and love. It focuses on the lives of Vic and Mad, and the way their stories intertwine as told to the Hackensack Police Department. Their story begins with the death of Vic’s father, and ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle, and you can bet there’s a whole lot going on in between. We admire Vic and Mad’s group of loyal friends (#squadgoals) that persists through rough times, and if you’re a loyal Hufflepuff we think you’ll enjoy it, too.
Paper Towns by John Green
Q is definitely one of the most loyal characters we know. When his long-time crush Margo Roth Spiegelman vanishes one day, Q follows the clues she’s left behind for him. The clues take him to usual and unusual places from near and far, and although he was low-key obsessed, we admire his perseverance and undying affection for Margo. Perfect for any dedicated Hufflepuff!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Hufflepuffs, we know you all are notorious for finding things. But what about finding people? Caraval takes it to that level when Scarlett’s sister is whisked away by a mysterious magician, leaving Scarlett to play the magical game of Caraval to find her. #TeamHufflepuff
Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler may not seem like a dedicated, hard-working Hufflepuff from the start – she’s dropped out of high school, is doubting her father’s funeral business visions, and is trying to process her grief in the wake of the suicide of the first boy she’d told she loved. But when she gets involved with her father’s business, it turns out she is pretty capable of taking charge of planning an event herself – and just might be coping after all.
If you’re a SLYTHERIN
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru is a Slytherin in every sense of the word. The survivor of the blood fever that swept through her nation and decimated its people, Adelina may possess more than just scars. Some believe these survivors – the “Young Elites” – have mysterious and powerful gifts. Adelina’s powers may be like none anyone has ever seen, and soon it becomes obvious that they shouldn’t belong in this world. But she is cunning and power-hungry, and filled with a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her. Yeah, definitely Slytherin.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Slytherins, behold your new king. His name is Cardan and he is as cruel as they come and Slytherin as can be.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
We’ve got a queen for you too, Slytherins. Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is destined to be Empress of Feng Lu – if she only embraces the darkness within her. Xifeng will go to great lengths to get to the top, just like any power-hungry Slytherin might do.
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from the feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, sin-eaters who are indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts at a great cost to their own health. We think he could join the ranks (and bookshelves!) of some of the greatest, most resourceful, and ambitious Slytherins.