Book Recommendations for Your Hogwarts House

As readers, regardless of whether or not we’re fans of the Harry Potter series, we all know our Hogwarts house. You may have taken one of the thousands of quizzes all over the Internet, or it may just be intuition that tells you where you belong in Hogwarts, but chances are that you know where the Sorting Hat would put you if you were ever to attend. And, believe it or not, over the years I’ve realized that my Hogwarts house does accurately represent who I am.

If you didn’t know, I’m a Slytherin. Pottermore has always sorted me into Slytherin – the house that places ambition above all else, and it’s true. I’m an ambitious person, whether that’s my larger-than-life goals, or even the little things that I do everyday, setting goals that I probably will never reach but will try my hardest to get to them anyway. And because we all naturally tend to gravitate towards literature – or entertainment, in general – that speaks to our proclivities, I noticed that I enjoy books about anti-heroes and anti-villains, morally ambiguous characters driven by ambition (not that I’m morally ambiguous, but you know what I mean!) And that’s a no-brainer; it’s gotten to the point where books like these automatically make their way to my TBR list.

This post was inspired by the latest Top 5 Wednesday topic about five book recommendations for the Hogwarts house you’re in. But since I don’t participate in weekly features anymore, I thought I’d make an entire post with recommendations for all four houses. So without further ado, let’s get into it!


G R Y F F I N D O R

Gryffindor Recommendations

“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.”

Gryffindors value bravery and courage above all else, and to me, books about adventure and heroism with bold main characters are books that would appeal to Gryffindors. For me, Gryffindors would enjoy books that don’t shy away from hard-hitting topics, as long as there are underlying themes of overcoming adversity and exhibiting strength. All of the books I have chosen here are incredible stories about characters who remain steadfast despite everything that’s given to them – it’s okay to crumble under the pressures of life, but what matters is that you get back up and carry on.

♡  T H E  K N I F E  O F  N E V E R  L E T T I N G  G O  //  P A T R I C K  N E S S  //  goodreads

♡  T H E  H A T E  U  G I V E  //  A N G I E  T H O M A S  //  goodreads

♡  F O R G I V E  M E ,  L E O N A R D  P E A C O C K  //  M A T T H E W  Q U I C K  // goodreads

♡  T H E  W R A T H  &  T H E  D A W N  //  R E N É E  A H D I E H  //  goodreads

♡  N O T E W O R T H Y  //  R I L E Y  R E D G A T E  //  goodreads

♡  R E A D Y  P L A Y E R  O N E  //  E R N E S T  C L I N E  //  goodreads

R A V E N C L A W

Ravenclaw Recommendations

“in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind”

We all know Ravenclaws are smart, yes, but personally, I always thought Ravenclaws are more than that; they are people who seek knowledge, and strive to learn and educate themselves, favoring discussion, varying perspectives, nuanced looks at the world around us. They need not get fantastic grades in school to be a Ravenclaw; they just have the drive to learn. The books I chose above are all books that either have incredibly nuanced discussions about important topics like race, history, globalization, feminism, or science – or, they have characters who are multi-talented and sharp-witted (as in the case of An Ember in the Ashes, and The Winner’s Curse).

♡  T H E  D I V I N E R S  //  L I B B A  B R A Y  //  goodreads

♡  T H E  W I N N E R ‘ S  C U R S E  //  M A R I E  R U T K O S K I  // goodreads

♡  A N  E M B E R  I N  T H E  A S H E S  //  S A B A A  T A H I R  //  goodreads

♡  B E A U T Y  Q U E E N S  //  L I B B A  B R A Y  //  goodreads

♡  D A R K  M A T T E R  //  B L A K E  C R O U C H  //  goodreads

♡  E X I T  W E S T  //  M O H S I N  H A M I D  // goodreads

H U F F L E P U F F

Hufflepuff Recommendations

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil.”

Hufflepuffs are characterized by their loyalty and fairness; I feel like there’s a misconception that all Hufflepuffs are pure cinnamon rolls, when that’s not necessarily true, but they do have an unwavering affinity to being true to themselves and their cause, and the people they love. They’re patient, they’re not frightened of sticky situations. The books I chose above all have characters that often go through duress (More Happy than Not, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Under Rose-Tainted Skies, being the most prominent) but they remain kind and patient throughout it all. We have characters who exhibit devotion and trust (Aristotle & Dante and The Kiss of Deception). I think all six of these books would appeal to Hufflepuffs!

♡  T H E  P E R K S  O F  B E I N G  A  W A L L F L O W E R  //  S T E P H E N  C H B O S K Y  //  goodreads

♡  U N D E R  R O S E – T A I N T E D  S K I E S  //  L O U I S E  G O R N A L L  //  goodreads

♡  T O  A L L  T H E  B O Y S  I ‘ V E  L O V E D  B E F O R E  //  J E N N Y  H A N  //  goodreads

♡  A R I S T O T L E  &  D A N T E   //  B E N J A M I N  A L I R E  S A E N Z  // goodreads

♡  M O R E  H A P P Y  T H A N  N O T  //  A D A M  S I L V E R A  //  goodreads

♡  T H E  K I S S  O F  D E C E P T I O N  //  M A R Y  E .  P E A R S O N  //  goodreads

S L Y T H E R I N

Slytherin Recommendations

“Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.”

Slytherins are sharp and shrewd, strongly driven people who value ambition above all else. As a Slytherin, I know I appreciate characters who are morally complicated, who make questionable decisions – some are ultimately good people (like in Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic, *cough* Holland *cough*), while others have darkness roiling within (And I Darken, and The Secret History). Most of these books are character-driven, with sharp characters, while two of the six are books that have dark content that would appeal to Slytherins’ aesthetic sense (Angelfall, and Everything You Want Me to Be).

♡  S I X  O F  C R O W S  //  L E I G H  B A R D U G O  //  goodreads

♡  A  D A R K E R  S H A D E  O F  M A G I C  //  V .  E .  S C H W A B  //  goodreads

♡  A N D  I  D A R K E N  //  K I E R S T E N  W H I T E  //  goodreads

♡  E V E R Y T H I N G  Y O U  W A N T  M E  T O  B E  //  M I N D Y  M E J I A  //  goodreads

♡  T H E  S E C R E T  H I S T O R Y  //  D O N N A  T A R T T  //  goodreads

♡  A N G E L F A L L  //  S U S A N  E E  //  goodreads

Have you read any of the books that I recommended for your house? What did you think of it/them? Do you have any more recommendations for me, a Slytherin? Let me know in the comments below – and as always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Comments

    • Ahhh, you got this! They’re all wonderful books, I hope you get to them very soon, especially Six of Crows – that one’s truly such a wonderful series. Thanks for stopping by, Ruzaika!

    • Ha, thank you so much! I was very apprehensive about my Hufflepuff picks, but I’ve been getting good feedback. I hope you get to the other four and enjoy them as much as I did. 🙂

  1. This is such a wonderful idea! I’m a Hufflepuff, and I adore Aristotle and Dante to pieces, and I also remember liking Perks. But surprisingly I’ve read the most books of Slytherin. SOC, ADSOM & And I Darken are literally some of my favourite series ever, plus I’ve also read Angelfall. I’ve also read Chaos Walking, The Hate U Give and Noteworthy from Gryfindor and I totally agree that they fit with that house perfectly. The only house I haven’t read anything from is Ravenclaw, which surprises me. But The Diviners and Ember have been on my TBR for ages, so hopefully that will change soon.

    • I think I did Slytherin a disservice, because most of those books are really popular and hyped, so I think a lot of people have read from those picks the most, ha. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and thank you so much for stopping by, Helia! <3

  2. Loved all of these recommendations! I’m a Ravenclaw myself, but the house I’ve read most books of is actually Slytherin haha. Loved all four of them as well (A Darker Shade Of Magic, Six Of Crows, And I Darken, Angelfall), so I guess my bookish mind is a little Slytherin after all. xD Great recommendations for each house! I definitely need to pick up Exit West and An Ember In The Ashes soon.

    • I only realized a couple of days after posting this that all my Slytherin picks are super well-known and popular, haha, which is why it turns out many people have read from those the most. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you get to Exit West and AEitA soon. <3

  3. Oh my, Aimal! I am so thankful of you to do this. I know what to read next. I’m a Gryffindor by the way!

    P.S. Those layouts are so dang good!

    • AHH, I’m so glad I could be of some help, hehe. And thank you so much. <3

  4. Ooh great post. I am also a Slytherin and antiheros are something I also really enjoy reading about. I like how you did the graphics for each house and I completely agree with a lot of your picks.

  5. I always get sorted in Ravenclaw. I enjoyed The Winner’s Curse but didn’t really get along with An Ember in the Ashes. I seem to have more in common with Slytherin books, haha. But great post nontheless.

  6. Great post!! I haven’t read any of the books for Ravenclaw (oops) but I’ve heard good things about them all so I’m excited to give them a go! Also YOUR GRAPHICS ARE SO NICE I’m in love <3

  7. Oh my gosh THIS POST. <3 <3 Utterly fabulous, I love your recommendations! I'd say I'm a Ravenclaw and kind of Hufflepuff primarily but I've read and loved books from all four houses haha. Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic is so perfect for Slytherin! And ooh, I really need to read Ari and Dante and The Kiss of Deception! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Analee! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope you get to the books you haven’t read and enjoy them as much as I did. <3

    • Thank you so much! I hope you get to them – Perks is one of my favorite books ever. 🙂

  8. This is an amazing post! Definitely have a bunch of books on here I need to check out, I like to think i’m a Gryffindor and I read The Hate U Give and oh my god that book. I mean Angie Thomas whenever I say the name I just hear clapping in my head because it’s so good.

    • Yesss! She’s become an auto-buy author almost instantaneously! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

  9. Haha, I’ve actually read almost all of the Gryffindor recommendations! How funny! Love this post, it’s so creative and cute!

  10. I love all of your choices! While I was reading THUG all I could think about was how Starr was definitely a Gryffindor. I also love Perks and Ari and Dante being in the Hufflepuff house!

    • Thanks so much, Savannah! I’m glad that you thought my choices were accurate; that’s a relief, because it took me a while to decide on the right choice for each house. Thank you for stopping by! <3

  11. This is such a great post and I think all your recommendations are spot-on! I’m officially sorted as a Hufflepuff, though I think I have a lot of Ravenclaw traits as well. But I’ve read and loved almost all of the Hufflepuff books (except Under Rose-Tainted Skies, which is on my TBR) so it totally fits! For Ravenclaw I haven’t read all of them yet, but I’ll definitely be checking them out! And even though I’m not really Gryffindor or Slytherin, I’m loving your picks for those houses as well 🙂

    • That is honestly such a relief to hear! I remember when I was making a list of the books, and I was tearing my hair out because I couldn’t remember many of the storylines to a T, so I was mainly going by vibe. 😛 I hope you get around to reading Under Rose-Tainted Skies soon! That was one of my favorites of the year. 🙂

  12. I love this post!! I read and LOVED the Shades of Magic series (looks like I am a slytherin too haha…) if you loved A Darker Shade of Magic, I think you will also love the other books in the series. And if you like VE Schwab’s writing, I think you will also like This Savage Song.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂

    Cheers,
    Sophie

    • The Shades of Magic series has quickly become one of my favorite trilogies of all time – I loooooved A Conjuring of Light; it’s probably my favorite book of the year so far. I’ve read This Savage Song too – I didn’t enjoy it as much as ADSOM and Vicious, but I still really enjoyed it. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by!

  13. Ahh I love this so much!!! Your choices for Hufflepuff are spot on. Perks is one of my favourite books EVER. It speaks to me so much. I also loved More Happy Than Not and Ari & Dante. I’m definitely planning to read the others soon too. All your recs for all the houses were so brilliant.

    • Thanks, Lauren! ❤️ I’m so glad – I was definitely the most apprehensive about my picks for Hufflepuff. It took me a while to narrow down the books I wanted to include, but I’m so, so glad that you think it fits! Thank you so much for stopping by.

    • Thank you so much! I was a little wary about my picks for Hufflepuff, but I’ve been getting good feedback, and I’m so glad! Thank you for stopping by. ❤️

    • Thank you so much! I hope you get to them, and enjoy them as much as I did. ❤️

  14. I LOVE this post! It’s absolutely genius! I’m a Hufflepuff and have read 4/6 of the recommended books- all of which I loved! I’ve had the other two on my TBR for ages and desperately have been wanting to read them!

  15. What a fantastic post! I love it! This post is so neat and you chose such great books for each house! I really like this post and will definately be adding several of these books to my TBR list! Thanks! 🙂

    • Thank you so much – I’m so glad that some titles in this caught your eye! ❤️

  16. I love your choices for each house so, so much, Aimal, they fit perfectly in each! Also, I’m a Hufflepuff and I feel like this is a sign because you just recommended to me Under Rose-Tainted Skies ahah 🙂 I loved To all The Boys, Aristotle and Dante and More Happy Than not – recommendations on point for sure 🙂

    • Thank you SO much, Marie! I’m so relieved that people have been giving me good feedback about how accurately the books represent their house, hehe. And yesss, you need to read Under Rose-Tainted Skies! I can’t recommend it enough. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I can’t take much credit for the idea but I’m glad you like the recs, hehe. <3

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