Hey friends! I’m doing a new four-part book series that combines my love of reading and of Harry Potter! I’m going to pick some books that have the qualities of the four Hogwarts houses! So I thought I’d start with the Hogwarts house that I’m in, and the best Hogwarts house in my opinion – Ravenclaw! This is a list of books every Ravenclaw needs to read. As Rowena Ravenclaw says “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure,” students in the Ravenclaw house seek out knowledge and have a universal love of learning… and reading. I hope you enjoy!
Books Every Ravenclaw Needs To Read
An Object Of Beauty
I’m currently reading An Object of Beauty and I definitely believe a Ravenclaw would read this book. It’s basically about the art scene around the world, but specifically in New York City. Throughout the novel, there’s images of famous paintings as well as some tidbits about that painting. I’ve learned as much about art while reading this book than I did during my private tour of the Louvre. It’s a little saucy but I believe that both the Luna Lovegood’s and Cho Chang’s of the world will enjoy it all the same. Ravenclaw’s love learning about anything and everything, and you will unintentionally get a lesson on the art scene while enjoying a good book. Unrelated to the topic, but this is also a good travel related book as the main character travels all over the world in search of art prints. My favorite destination mentioned as the Hermitage in Moscow, which I’m dying to visit!If you are a Ravenclaw, you MUST read these books. Click To Tweet
“Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby’s and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights–and, at times, the dark lows–of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.”
Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking
I’m a Ravenclaw and also an introvert, and I think it’s safe to say that a lot of other people out there identify as such as well. A Ravenclaw will jump at the chance to read a nonfiction book and this is such a fascinating topic to learn about. It’s important for those introverted Ravenclaw’s to know that they are just as important as Harry Potter, even though he gets all of the attention. Seriously, was there ever a quiet moment at Hogwarts?
“At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.
Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.”
This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.”
While this book is fiction, it has such a fascinating point of view that any Ravenclaw would be inclined to pick up. It’s about a college professor who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The author actually has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard so it’s about as knowledgeable as you can get.
“Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind.”
The Opposite of Loneliness
You can really tell how intelligent Marina Keegan was while reading this collection of short stories. Ravenclaw’s will appreciate both the humorous but thought-provoking articles.
“An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.
Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.
Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.”
I’m pretty sure if Mark Watney was a character in the Harry Potter universe, he’d be in the Ravenclaw house. Obviously, to be an astronaut, you have to be quite intelligent and Watney is no exception. You definitely have to have some brains in order to survive on Mars alone. This book is also one of my favorite books of all-time and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”
The Book Thief
Speaking of one of my favorite books of all-time, The Book Thief is high up on that list. As Ravenclaw’s love learning, that kind of goes hand in hand with loving books. You get exactly that with The Book Thief. Besides being one of the most beautiful books ever written. It’s also narrated by Death (yes, you read that right) and if that’s not a reason to read this book, then I don’t know what it is.
“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.”
You either love this book or hate this book. I personally loved this book. It’s definitely a challenging behemoth of a book, but when has a Ravenclaw turned away from a large book. I like big books and I cannot lie… Okay, anyways.
“It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.”