While we’re staying safe at home, we’ve been really into reading our childhood favorites—especially the Harry Potter series. That got us thinking—what would Gryffindors be reading during quarantine? How about Hufflepuffs? Check out this list of quarantine reading recs for each Hogwarts House.
If you’re a Gryffindor . . .
Gryffindors are known for their courage, even if their bravery can lead them to be reckless. Their animal is a lion, and their colors are scarlet and gold. They are associated most closely with the element of fire, and they are strong and fierce.
The third and final book in the Ash Princess trilogy provides a stunning conclusion for the brave and vengeful Princess Theodosia. For a decade, Theo was a prisoner in her own country, abused by the cruel Kaiser and his court while forced to wear a crown of ashes. All the time, a fire burned through her veins. Now she has managed to free herself and round up an army of rebels to help her take back her rightful throne. She is about to face her biggest challenge yet: freeing her people and facing a terrifying new Kaiserin, whose strange power is growing stronger. But Theo has her own power that she’s only just beginning to understand, and she will stop at nothing to reclaim what is hers.
Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, an organization that she hopes can help get her innocent father off death row. Her dad has only 267 days left until he is sentenced to die—Tracy is running out of time. But things get even worse when her brother Jamal, a bright and promising young track star, is accused of killing a white girl named Angela. Fed up with her racist Texas town, Tracy decides to take matters into her own hands. She launches an investigation into what really happened between Jamal and Angela. The skeletons she’ll uncover still haunt her family in this gripping novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger-management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
Hufflepuffs are known for their loyalty, patience, and dedication, and are represented by the badger. Their colors are yellow and black, and they are associated most closely with the element of earth, as they are steadfast and hearty.
Margot’s past has always been a mystery. Ever since she was born, it’s just been her and her mother in their run-down apartment, with no relatives to speak of and nothing concrete to hold on to. When Margot discovers a photograph that points her to another town, she decides to journey there in search of family, but finds way more than she bargained for. As it turns out, there’s a reason Margot’s mother left—there’s poison in their family tree. Atmospheric and unsettling, Burn Our Bodies Down brims with beautiful prose and tons of clues for any mystery lover.
Violet Markey lives for the future, while Theodore Finch dreams of death. Violet can’t wait to escape the small Indiana town where her sister recently died, counting down the days until graduation. Theo, meanwhile, keeps thinking of ways he might kill himself, but every time he comes up with a plan, something good comes along to stop him. When he and Violet meet on the ledge of a bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom, but the two soon team up to discover Indiana’s natural wonders, making some shocking and wonderful discoveries about themselves along the way, all while bringing out the best in each other.
A month before their senior year, Quinn Ryan is dumped by her girlfriend and best friend Jamie Rudawski, who she’s convinced is the true love of her life. But then a new crush comes along: the rich, aloof, and beautiful Ruby Ocampo, lead singer of the band Sweets, is newly single after breaking up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But even as Quinn grows closer to Ruby and revels in the excitement of potential new love, she can’t stop missing Jamie. First love? Crushed it. First breakup? Not so much.
Ravenclaws are known for their wit, knowledge, and intelligence. They are represented by the eagle, and their colors are blue and bronze. Ravenclaws are most closely associated with the element of air, as they are quick-witted deep thinkers.
This novel is full of surprises that are sure to leave any Ravenclaw deep in thought. If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?
After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.
A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.
In this heart-pounding fantasy sequel to Spin the Dawn, Maia Tamarin’s magical journey continues. The young tailor has accomplished the seemingly impossible: sewing dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars for the emperor’s bride-to-be, but it’s taken a grievous toll. Her kingdom is on the brink of war, the boy she loves is gone, and Maia is forced to wear the dress of the sun and marry the emperor in his former bride’s place. To make matters worse, Maia has slowly been losing control of her body, magic, and mind since she was touched by a demon. Her eyes glow red and she feels herself slipping away, but she will stop at nothing to find her true love, protect her family, and bring peace to her country.
Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh, who sent a text message confessing to his crime before ending his own life. Everyone in town knows this. The case is closed, and yet Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. She chooses the subject for her final project, confounded by the fact that Andie’s body was never found. Pippa begins by interviewing Sal’s family and strikes up a bond with Sal’s brother. After some digging, the two uncover shocking secrets that people have struggled for years to keep buried. It’s a delightful mix of Twin Peaks and Nancy Drew, and the first book in an exciting YA mystery duology.
Slytherins are known for their ambition, resourcefulness, and cunning. Their emblematic animal is the serpent, and their house colors are green and silver. Slytherins are associated with the water element, as they are fluid and adaptable.
In this spine-chilling psychological YA thriller full of twists and turns, two twins who’ve been separated for years reunite only for things to turn deadly. After their parents divorced ten years ago, Ivy and Iris were split up—Iris went to live with their mom and Ivy with their dad—until their mother died tragically. Iris spends her first few weeks afterward in devastated silence. Ivy is the only person she will speak to. Ivy promises to share her life with her sister from here on out. They’re twins, after all. But before long, all of Ivy’s friends, her boyfriend—her whole life— begin to fall under Iris’s strange spell, and Ivy begins to question whether her mother’s death was a really an accident after all. . . .
Fifteen years ago, Jo’s mother disappeared, and now the whole town is beginning to whisper about her following in her mother’s footsteps. She’s been falling asleep at her desk each day and barely passing her classes, and she’s been guarding a secret: she has a wild twin sister who lives alone in the woods. Each night, Jo slips out of her bedroom window to visit her twin and run with her. One night, Jo’s twin attacks a boy in town. The townspeople assume that Jo is to blame, leaving her to decide whether to save herself and expose her twin or keep her family safe by continuing to keep their strange secrets.
When you’ve lost everything, how do you begin to put yourself back together? Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May feels lost and alone as she grapples with survivor’s guilt after being the only one to get out of the band room alive that horribly tragic day. Zach, meanwhile, said goodbye to his old life after his mother, a lawyer, decided to defend the school shooter. A pariah at school and in town, he has only his little sister and his best friend, who stuck around but is now needy and demanding. But May and Zach’s lives intertwine when they meet during a fateful school band practice in this heart-wrenching and emotionally gripping debut about all the ways we learn to survive.