It’s Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is back! And … I actually got it wrong. It’s not Top ten recommendations for… week, but I wrote this blog post, so I’m going to give some recommendations for my fellow Gryffindors anyway. (whoops. Learn to read the dates, Hannah!)
To be a Gryffindor, you have to value bravery, chivalry, and daring, as the Sorting Hat said (not in that order, though). These books aim to please those Gryffindors out there!
Obviously I can’t put Harry Potter on this list, although I’ll quickly recommend Tales of Beedle the Bard but I’m hoping that if you clicked this post you’ve already read HP! (If not, do it ASAP, please.)
- Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
This might be a stereotypical one, to recommend for fans of Harry Potter (which I presume you are) one of the other great YA series out there, but I really do recommend The Infernal Devices trilogy. It shows chivalry and bravery in both the main male characters, and in the main female characters, and made me feel so badass just reading it.
- Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
There’s something about being brave when it comes at such a great risk. This is a short novel, set in WWI, and I can’t say too much about why I recommend this book for Gryffindors for spoilers, but once you’ve read it… you will understand.
- 1984 by George Orwell
Even those who once belonged in the house of the brave can be cracked (coughwormtailcough) and it’s important for Gryffindors, who value bravery, to not get overly arrogant. 1984 is a harsh reminder that, sometimes, even the hardest can be cracked.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
Bravery isn’t just about rushing about doing daring deeds. Sometimes, bravery is admitting that you have done a great wrong and setting out to atone it to rightness. This WWII novel will really make you question whether you’ve done something horribly wrong – and if you’re brave enough to go ahead and atone.
- Ink by Alice Broadway
On the other hand, sometimes the bravest stand alone, and they face the worst for it. Ink is a new YA novel, debuted this year I believe, where everyone’s deeds are tattooed on their bodies for the whole society to read. Could you have your deeds on show for everyone to know?
- HHhH by Laurent Binet
A non-fiction novel, again set in WWII, about two of the bravest men you’ve probably never heard of. Not only is this a brilliantly written novel, but it also showcases some of the bravest men to ever live.
- Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
A modern revolution set through zines and taking place in a high school. Moxie will ask of you if you are brave enough to stand up for those who never get listened to, and to see if you really will do something to make a change.
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Reverting back to typical bravery of the rushing-in-mortal-danger kind, this is a fantastic series for Gryffindors. It values bravery, daring, and wisdom above all.
- Countless by Karen Gregory
Sometimes, the bravest you can be is standing up for the monsters inside your own head. Countless follows a girl with anorexia as she discovers that she is pregnant, and her journey to overcome her eating disorder.
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
And sometimes the bravest you can be is in sacrificing yourself; that simple, but terrifying and all-consuming, deed alone can be the bravest and most chivalrous thing you can ever do.
I really hope that you guys enjoyed this list! Even if you aren’t a Gryffindor, I recommend all of the books here! Let me know in the comments below if there are any more books you recommend for Gryffindors (I would love to check them out!).
Until the next time,