Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic, and you just post five books that fit that topic.
This week’s topic is books that represent your Hogwarts house. I am a very proud Slytherin, so my book recommendations this week are for my housemates in Green and Silver.
Before I delve into this topic, I must ask a question. Why is Harry Potter on every single list of books for your Hogwarts house? I mean, like, if you know your Hogwarts house I’m going to take a wild guess that you’ve read Harry Potter but anyway, back to the post!
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.
So, fun story, I am a Slytherin, in researching a little bit for what books really represent the ambitious, cunning, and resourceful nature of Slytherins, I discovered I read much more like a Gryffindor-Hufflepuff hybrid. So that was interesting, but anyway, here are the Top Five books I think represent Slytherin.
Bossypants by Tina Fey. So when I think famous people who are Slytherins, one of the first that pop into my head is Tina Fey. After listening to the audiobook of her memoir, I am very confident that I am correct in my assumption that Tina Fey is a sister in Green and Silver. She is ambitious and worked extremely hard to get to be where she is. And to be honest, when I think about Tina Fey one of the first things that pops into my mind is the Weekend Update segment where she said: “Bitches get stuff done…” And to me, that’s what she represents. This is an excellent book, a touch dated at this point as memoirs can be as they age, but still just an excellent listen and probably read as well.
I know what you’re thinking: “Deanna’s recommending Heist Society by Ally Carter? I never saw that coming!” This is the 4th time this series has made a top 5 or top 10 list of mine, and I am not sorry. This series is about a group of teens that use their cleverness to outsmart adults and police and Robin Hood their way through life. The gang knows how to use their skills to their advantage, and if that isn’t a Slytherin thing than nothing is Slytherin. These books are fun, fast reads that I just love. Kat Bishop is Slytherin through and through.
The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. I have only read the first two books, and it was, like a thousand years ago, but I am fairly obsessed with the TV show (thanks, Jen!) which I know is super different but whatever. With it coming to an end in the next month, it’s hard not to have these girls come to mind when thinking about the traits of Slytherins. The mind games these girls play and that get played on them is straight up Slytherin glory.
I chose The Princess Diarist, because this Carrie Fisher memoir is about Princess Leia, and Princess Leia is a Slytherin. Carrie Fisher, for me, is more of a combination of Hogwarts houses and I’m not sure exactly where to put her, but the General, she’s a Slytherin. A take charge, rescue the boys that came to rescue her, someone has to save our skins, badass that Slytherin is. I have seen a lot of discussion about what houses the Star Wars Characters are in, but cunning, resourcefulness, and Self-Preservation are the traits that stand out in a Slytherin. And Leia is all that.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Completely honest, I have never read this book, but it’s on every single “BOOKS FOR SLYTHERINS!” list I’ve seen this week, and I feel like I need to mention it and add to my TBR pile. I think I was supposed to read it in college but never did. From reading the description, it sounds like it contains some resourceful, forward-thinking, clever characters.
And that’s my list, what do you think? If you’re a Slytherin what different books would you recommend?
Until next time Internet,