Ah, Ravenclaw. My very own Hogwarts house, so I am a bit partial. Although, it was the most difficult house to put together a book list for. I took the house traits of wit, learning, creativity, and wisdom into consideration along with the house colors. I wanted to include a variety of books as I think Ravenclaw gets stereotyped as the nerdy bunch and it is often looked over that we are the dreamers and the creatives. These are my recommendations for fellow Ravenclaws.
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard || I did choose this book because it has a literal diadem on the front cover, and if you are familiar with Ravenclaw you know that the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw was a critical horcrux in the Harry Potter series. These books tackle things like royal blood, power, and family. It’s not particularly clever or unique in its plot, but it’s good writing all the same.
Study in Charlotte - Brittany Cavallaro || This is an interesting kind of retelling of the Sherlock Holmes trope. Teenage descendants of both Holmes and Watson have become friends and are now solving mysteries together. I would say a fair share of Ravenclaw love to crack a good mystery and enjoy the thrill of a puzzle. These books are for you.
Exit West: A Novel - Mohsin Hamid || My fellow Ravenclaws will appreciate the subtlety in this book. It is quietly powerful, beautiful, and unique. Page after page is filled with gentle truth, and you will be moved. This is the story of the relationship between two young people who are changed by forces out of their control. This is one for the politically minded.
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor || “The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around” This is such a well-loved book. Laini Taylor knows how to world build, and her characters are well done. Strange and beautiful, this is for my fellow Luna-hearted readers.
Star-Crossed - Minnie Darke (May 2019) || A love story with an astrological twist. I thought this was a fun play on love and Fate. Astrology and horoscope are woven through the plot. A fun-loving contemporary for those that look to the stars.
Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón || I honestly feel like I should re-read this, it has been many years since I picked it up. That being said, it is one of my favorite books of all time. A historical mystery that takes place in the winding streets of 1945 Barcelona. There are banned books, book cemeteries, and dark secrets. I encourage you to get swept up in this immediately.
Light From Other Stars - Erika Swyler (May 2019) || The cover is so beautiful! The main themes of this book are ambition but also dreams. What it means to have a dream, the ways that outside forces can hold us back, and the lengths we go to achieve them. This takes place on the Florida space coast and is for lovers of space, dreams, sacrifice, and feminism.
Binti trilogy - Nnedi Okorafor || You can buy these novellas separately, but they now come bound together in one collection. A sci-fi trilogy about a young girl named Binti who has a knack for math. She has been invited to attend the most prestigious University in the galaxy. If this doesn’t scream Ravenclaw, I don’t know what does. Short and beautifully written, these are a must read for young and older adults alike.