I have known Sylwia over at Wish Fulfillment for what I am pretty sure is years and years. We met in the days of yore known as “LiveJournal,” and I have always been enamored by her. To see her achieving her dreams and life goals makes me feel absolutely thrilled, and her YouTube channel is experiencing such great success – probably because she is amazingly, unapologetically Sylwia, and I love her for it.
Anyway, Sylwia has started this concept called the “Ravenclaw TBR Project” on her vlog, where she has friends recommend books they consider essential “Ravenclaw reading.” While I don’t vlog, I do blog, and since Sylwia is looking for more book recommendations for phase 2 of her Ravenclaw TBR Project, I figured that as an unrepentant Ravenclaw I’d throw my hat into the ring and offer up a few recommendations!
I decided to pursue this based on what many consider common traits of Ravenclaws, and will be recommending a book based on each of the five traits I list.
Creativity is likely one of the top two traits many would consider as a “must have” for Ravenclaws, and when I think of books I’ve read that are creative, my first thought goes to Illuminae. Told via all sorts of media, from drawings to chat logs and surveillance footage, we learn about the journey of two teenagers across an interstellar hellscape where nothing makes sense any more. I don’t like sci-fi as a general rule, but this book reeled me in from the start and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves a good, creative story – sci-fi fan or not.
Intelligent: Scythe by Neal Schusterman
Intelligence is the other “top trait” for a Ravenclaw to have, and I can’t think of a smarter book I’ve read recently than Schusterman’s Scythe. In a world where we’ve overcome everything from death to famine and poverty, it is up to souls selected as reapers to decide when it is time to die. These reapers – scythes, as they are known – have their own methodology and means with which to claim lives, and two unsuspecting teenagers are suddenly whisked in to an apprenticeship against their will. They’ll soon know what it means to claim a life, what a life means, and how nothing in the world is black and white. Gripping from start to finish, I loved this book.
Clever: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Ravenclaws love a good mystery, and I myself am no exception. I look for books that won’t scare me, but will still make me think and keep me suspended in a bubble of suspense and wonder until the author releases me. I am also a sucker for a good boarding school book. Truly Devious meets all of this criteria – an elite boarding school in the mountains where one day the headmaster’s wife and daughter go missing – years and years later, the school re-opens, and our main character is determined to figure out what happened on that fateful night all those years ago. This book is smart, quick and witty – I enjoyed the characters immensely and think it’s a wonderful puzzle to tease out, even if the cliffhanger ending is annoying.
Unique: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
A Ravenclaw walks to the beat of their own drum. They do what they think is best for any given situation, even if it means straying from the herd mentality and going their own way all by themselves – their own integrity matters more than fitting in. I am not the biggest fantasy reader, personally – I find fantasy books are often hard to follow, or lack the one thing (whatever the thing is) that makes me want to stick with it. But The Cruel Prince stuck its talons in me, and didn’t let go until I finished the audiobook. Jude and her two sisters are kidnapped from the human world at a very young age, and are taken to the realm of the faerie. This world is not all Tinkerbell and fairy dust, though – it’s deceit and sharp teeth, cruelness and bitterness. Jude does what she wants to do to better herself, even if it goes against the wishes of her siblings or family. She wants to be herself: no more, no less. And that means fitting in with the faerie when the world wants her to stay in her own – human – lane. I adored Jude and her world, and can’t wait to go back when the next book comes out.
Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind. Eliza is sharp as a tack. Quiet and introverted outside her home, inside she is the e-famous author of Monstrous Sea, a hugely popular webcomic. She has a cult following online, but her social anxiety makes it difficult to translate this into the real world. Nobody outside of her two best friends knows what the name she has made for herself is – not even her parents. But one day a new boy moves to her school – a jock, a real meathead – and she discovers that he is an equally e-famous author of fanfiction about Monstrous Sea – and she’s admired his writing for ages! Eliza has to navigate her world and open up, even if she’s terrified. I have social anxiety too, and friends that “live in a computer” (which I think lots of muggle Ravenclaws would have, too!) – this book touched my heart and made me feel so happy. Eliza is 110% a Ravenclaw, and everyone should get to know her.
Have you read any of these? Would you agree? What would you put on your Hogwarts House’s TBR? Let me know down in the comments!