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Hogwarts House Recommendations: Gryffindor

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”

First line in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

As you probably know, this is in no way an original idea of mine. Recommending books based on people’s Hogwarts House is a very popular thing and as a true Potterhead, I need to do it. I’m starting with Gryffindor, and in case you’ve never read Harry Potter and don’t know anything about those houses with weird names, here are a few characteristics of a typical Gryffindor:

  • Bravery
  • Nerve
  • Arrogance
  • Recklessness
  • A strong urge to fight for what is right
  • Determination

I’ve picked out 5 books in which the main characters exhibit some of those traits. In that sense, this is a list of recommendations if you want to read books about Gryffindors. You don’t need to be a Gryffindor yourself. As I see it, one’s personality and one’s reading tastes don’t necessarily match in that way. But let’s get onto the books.  

All for the Game by Nora Sakavic

This is a very odd series that mixes a fictional sport called Exy with the mob. We follow Neil Josten as he joins an Exy team at Palmetto State University all while he’s on the run from some very scary people. The Exy team is really the main reason why I think this is a book fit for Gryffindor. They are willing to do whatever they can to win and that includes picking each other up and making the tough decisions. Something about the team just makes me think about the Gryffindor Quidditch team in book 3. Neil is also very protective of his teammates and is willing to sacrifice himself if he has to. That’s something a Gryffindor would do in my opinion.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A very slow paced and atmospheric book about Vasilisa (Vasya) and her family. The story takes place in Russia in the 14th century but it’s a fantasy and therefore incorporates a lot of Russian folklore into the story. Vasya is very much a Gryffindor in my mind. She’s daring and adventurous which sometimes leads to recklessness but she manages to handle the situations. When her family is threatened, she doesn’t hesitate in her effort the save them.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea is a book about a group of refugees hoping to find safety during World War II. The group is a mix of people that didn’t know one another before the War but end up fighting together to survive bombs and difficult soldiers. There are so many Gryffindors in that group, and they portray all of the best qualities of that house. Especially one of the characters shows immense bravery to help a member of the group. It’s also a hard-hitting book with important themes and I can’t recommend it enough.

Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

The main character of the Chaos Walking trilogy, Todd, is that perfect example of a Gryffindor who’s very brave and headstrong but seems to have left their brain at home. Well, you can’t have everything. One of the traits I really like in Todd is his determination to defend himself and not just turn the other cheek even when he should. He’s also very confident in himself which just signifies a true Gryffindor to me. The trilogy itself is one of my absolute favorites because it deals with some themes surrounding gender and also because it has the craziest villain.   

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Another book set during World War II although this is a quite popular one. We’re in Germany and follow Liesel who’s just moved in with her foster family. Throughout the book, Liesel shows many of the classic Gryffindor characteristics. She can be very determined and doesn’t back away from a challenge or a fight. Also, when her mind is set, she is willing to take risks to get what she wants. On top of that, she goes to great lengths to help her friends and family in any way she can. She’s really an amazing female protagonist.

This was actually kind of difficult. I feel like some of these books also work for other houses but I decided that Gryffindor was the best fit. I’d love to know if you agree or not if you’ve read any of them.

That was one down and three to go. I’ve decided to do these posts alphabetically so the next one will be about Hufflepuff (my own house!) so look forward to that.

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Recommendations: Summer Reading

“I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem.”

First line in The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Summer Books

Hellooo. Welcome to my first attempt at recommending some books. I’ve scoured my ‘Read’-shelf on Goodreads to find books that I think are perfect to read during the summer. Just a heads up: I hear a lot of people saying that they can’t read fantasy during the summer but that’s not me. Fantasy is an all-year genre. That of course means that I’ve compiled a list with some different genres and tried to find some quick, light, funny reads to get you through the summer.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

A contemporary romance (yes, we’re starting with the obvious) and the funniest book I’ve ever read. The socially challenged genetics professor, Don Tilman, is approached by the woman Rosie Jarman who needs his help to find her biological father. At the same time, Don is working towards his own goal: finding a wife. This he tackles the same way he would any work-related issue. That means statistics, facts and a stringent logical approach.

The Rosie Project is a book that actually made me laugh out loud several times (just so you know if you’re going to read it in public). It’s very short so it’s a quick read. I actually believe it’s a series, but I’ve only read this one. Just in case you want more.


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

A fantasy/paranormal YA story about the best friend group to ever exist. Blue Sargent is from a family of clairvoyants but Blue herself isn’t a psychic. However, she finds out that the boy Gansey is going to die within a year and she will either love him or kill him. She soon finds herself meeting Gansey and his odd mix of friends who are on a mission of their own: to find the sleeping Welsh king Glendower.

This series just feels like summer to me. Not because it’s set in summer (not all of it) but because it has so many nice scenes that underlines the strong friendship this group has. Hanging out with friends is something I connect with summer so if you still want to read fantasy in your summer vacation, I think The Raven Cycle is the perfect choice.


A Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Mythology retelling with a twist of romance that is so beautifully written I want to cry. This is a retelling of the lives of Achilles and Patroclus who participated in the Trojan War. We follow the perspective of Patroclus who as a young boy is exiled from his home and sent to live at the court of King Peleus, Achilles father.

I love Miller’s writing. It’s so slow and sensual that I can’t help but be completely lost in her stories. She just draws you in. I also really appreciated that you can tell that she knows all this mythology stuff.

Summer is a time for love stories and this is a grand one. So, if you’re sick of the never-ending line of contemporary romances, you should read A Song of Achilles.  


Release by Patrick Ness

A YA contemporary with a pinch of paranormal. The story spans across a single summer’s day in the life of Adam Thorn. During the day he crosses paths with both family, friends and (ex)boyfriends while seeking release for all the problems that are weighing him down.

An incredibly short book that I personally really enjoyed reading. It’s thought-provoking and just feels very real. Patrick Ness really manages to capture the essence of these problems that many teenagers have to go through today. It’s a little more of a serious contemporary but it’s still set in the summer time. This is more for you if you’re looking for a read that portrays summer as the hopeful time of year. The one that gives you hope and confidence about the new school/work year. 


Half Bad by Sally Green

A YA urban fantasy with a great magic system. In Nathan’s world there are two types of witches: White and Black. The Black witches are seen as evil (think Slytherin) and therefore oppressed and hunted. Nathan is half White and half Black and his father is the evilest Black witch to ever exist. That means that Nathan’s life is more than a little difficult. This story shows Nathan trying to figure out who he is and whose side he’s actually on in the coming clash between White and Black witches.

I feel like this is the kind of book that people either love or hate. I absolutely love it. It’s been a while, but I remember really loving Nathan as a character. He’s very gray and so many things have happened to him, so this grayness is believable. The writing style is a bit unusual I would say without revealing too much, but it’s a very fast read. The chapters are super short so if you really want to, this book can be read in a day at the beach.   


I hope I came up with something that at least peaked your interest.

Happy reading,