I have been chasing down books that I could potentially love as much as I love Harry Potter for roughly ten years now. I decided to put together a little list of 10 books every Potterhead should add to their TBR stack. Happy reading!
The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon || This has been my favorite series since Harry Potter. It follows a clairvoyant named Paige through Scion London. “Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.” This series is not complete yet, which is fun when you get to anticipate the next and re-read as the new ones comes out. Full of magic, loss and love these are definitely a must-read for fans of the Wizarding World.
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo || I am late to the Leigh Bardugo party but I am so glad I have finally arrived. She is a true queen of fantasy. The Grishaverse is brilliantly constructed in a way to make your imagination sing. I would recommend starting here if you are a first time Grishaverse reader. “Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.”
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo || Bardugo is the perfect author for those of us who are character driven but still love a good plot. Her characters are three-dimensional and believable and it is here that Bardugo begins to truly shine. “Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .”
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab || This is the first book in the Shades of Magic trilogy. Schwab takes a unique approach on magic. This wasn’t a favorite read but explores magical realms and alternate realities in a way that is intriguing. “Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. . .After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.”
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor || I have seen this called the African Harry Potter. “Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J Maas || I absolutely adore these books. If you need a world other than your own to escape to, I would highly recommend Prythian. I know that these will be re-reads for me; the kind of books that you find something different in each time you pick it up. “Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...”
Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyem || This is the first in what is to be a series, and with all the buzz already surrounding it, I had to put it on the list. “They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.”
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins || This is now a well known and well loved major motion picture, and for good reason. These were the first books that reminded me that there are other amazing fantasy authors besides just J.K. Rowling.
Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas || “Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion.”
The Gilded Wolves - Roshani Chokshi || “A novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires...” That’s really all I needed to know that I would love this. Somewhere between fantasy and historical fiction, you won't want to pass this one up.