Hogwarts House Recommendations: Ravenclaw

Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is back, y’all! This week is a recommendations theme, and I thought I’d start off with some recommendations for my fellow Ravenclaws. (Let me know if you enjoy these, and maybe I’ll come up with a list for each house!)

Here’s the thing about Ravenclaws: it’s not just that they’re intelligent – this house is not solely focused on being smart. It’s about learning as a lifestyle. It’s about living curiously. It’s about finding comfort in things that you don’t quite understand. So here’s a few books that I believe I enjoyed because of my inherent Ravenclaw-ness.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published September 13, 2011  by Doubleday
Le Cirque des Rêves is a place where the imagination runs wild, and my imagination has dwelled there ever since I picked up this book. I recently got this book back from a friend (a fellow Ravenclaw) and she said, “I loved this book. I couldn’t figure out where it was going for so long, but I loved the trip anyway.” This is one that I have to consistently stop myself from picking up again because there are other books that I need to be reading.

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
Published January 1, 2017 by Simon and Schuster
This book focuses on how Kate pulls herself back together after a devastating break up. But it also looks at how Kate deals with the disappointment of not living up to her academic dreams – she had planned on completing post-graduate studies in anthropology, and was a really promising student, but things haven’t really worked out the way she’d planned. This book was filled with hope for those of us who had big aspirations that aren’t exactly panning out.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Published July 26, 2016 by Crown
For those sci-fi loving Ravenclaws, I bring you a breakneck-paced thriller all about alternate universes. This one will hurt your brain a little bit. In the best possible way.
Original review here

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Published April 26, 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
This story was beautifully written, and so incredibly bizarre. It’s got quite a strong grounding in Puerto Rican folk tales, and the magical realism was so intriguing. And it’s quite a short read, too.
Original review here

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Published June 21, 2016 by Hogarth
This is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrewreimagined in the present. But this is no 10 Things I Hate About You (which is a masterpiece, and I need to rewatch it immediately after I finish writing this post). For those who love revisiting their favourite stories and characters in fresh new settings, this is a great read.
Original review here

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Published June 25, 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
This is a children’s book, yes, but Chris Grabenstein wrote a story fulfilling my wildest dreams. If Willy Wonka designed a library instead of a candy factory, it would be Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. And we get to spend a night locked inside. Best.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Published February 2011 by Viking Penguin
While doing research in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, Diana accidentally calls up a magical manuscript. This is the dream, people! Not only does Diana get to do research in Oxford, but she gets embroiled in a magical mystery, caught amongst witches, vampires, and daemons. If you felt like the Twilight series had some potential but faltered because it was the Twilight series, this is the book you’ve been looking for.
Original review here

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published September 18, 2012 by Scholastic Press
This was a fantasy series book like none I’ve ever read before. The house at 300 Fox Way filled with psychics, Cabeswater (the magical forest), Henrietta’s corpse road ley line… This is a fascinating series, with characters and places that will worm their way into your heart.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
Published July 2, 2013 by Quirk Books
These Shakespearean-inspired versions of the Star Wars series are absolutely hilarious. I wholeheartedly recommend getting your hands on the audiobook versions of these, because they’ve done complete cast recordings, and it’s quite the immersive experience.

The Lake House by Kate Morton
Published October 20, 2015 by Atria Books
If Kate Morton can do one thing well, it is writing characters with secrets. Although her books are mysteries, they do a wonderful job at looking at the secrets that people keep, the choices that people make, and how that affects the people around them and how they choose to move on.
Original review here



7 thoughts on “Hogwarts House Recommendations: Ravenclaw

    1. Her writing has so much…I don’t want to say “whimsy” because that feels to light…what would the word be for whimsy but slightly darker and a little more dangerous? Because that’s how she writes.


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