Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. I’ve been in a major book slump and have been super slacking in February. I think I went so hard in January that I kind of fell off this month and have been feeling meh about everything I’m reading. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve been going back and re-reading random parts of various books I’ve loved over the years because I just can’t sink my teeth into anything these days. However, I’ve been slogging for a couple of weeks and it’s high time I get back on the wagon and start reading some new books again!
My husband and I also have an incredibly busy first half of the year coming up and I’m trying to appreciate being busy instead of lamenting it. My husband is just about done with writing his PhD proposal and then the series of defenses begin, we’ve got interviews and trips out to New Mexico to prepare for our move and his new job, and we’ve got non-business related travel plans coming up as well – so there’s a lot to do to say the least! However, it’s still no excuse for not reading! I’m working on getting through a few books so I might be a little low on posting this week but I swear I’m getting back in the game.
However, today I wanted to participate in Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm because today’s topic is Top 5 books to give Hufflepuffs! As a loud and proud Hufflepuff myself, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to participate in this weeks meme! So, who TF are the Hufflepuffs you may be asking – well, let me give you a few of their traits:
They are hard working, determined, tenacious, loyal, honest, genuine, well rounded, fair and just, open minded, giving, good hearted, accepting, compassionate, practical, patient, unemotional, and dependable. Their loyalty is not given – it’s earned.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
This series was actually suggested to me by my now father-in-law and ya’ll, it is a doozie! The whole thing centers on an incredibly unique world, with a new kind of magic – the magic of metals. It focuses on two unconventional heros – Kelsier and Vin. The true Hufflepuff of this series though is definitely Vin. She is honestly one of the best story arcs I’ve ever read and her growth from a lost, scared and abandoned little girl to an independent, incredibly loyal and honestly, just all around bad-ass human being is truly phenomenal. This series isn’t overwhelming in its fantastical “otherworldliness” nor does it have a distracting sappy romantic sub-plot – it’s an incredibly well crafted series that I’d highly suggest to fantasy readers!
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
A real heart breaker, this one. Before We Were Yours might seem a bit of an unconventional suggestion for this list (but honestly, I don’t know what would be conventional so there’s that) but I definitely think the heart and soul of this book is effortlessly Hufflepuff. Told in alternating perspectives Wingate bases her book on real history and the atrocities committed by Georgia Tann. At it’s heart, this is a story about loyalty and the deep spiritual bond that is formed between family. This book absolutely hits the mark on determination, tenacity, loyalty and a truly good heart.
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
YA’LL, in my *humble* opinion, Britt-Marie is about as Hufflepuff as they come. I can understand how at the start some might not be a huge fan of her – she’s definitely a strange bird. However, her story arc and the changes and growth she displays throughout this book are truly phenomenal. When Britt-Marie, a woman who hates mess, leaves her cheating husband her life in turn – becomes one giant flaming mess. She’s got to stand on her own two feet, heal, and get her shit together so she can support herself. When she moves to the run down town of Borg, things don’t look particularly promising. However, as Britt-Marie settles into her new life, at 63, she truly blossoms and becomes her own. She is practical, dependable, good hearted, loyal and open minded – Hufflepuff to a T!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
There’s a lot going on in this book. It’s told from alternating POVs and at it’s heart is about a band of 6 kids and a mission to save the world. It’s got mad Oceans Eleven vibes and I loved it from start to finish. While not all of the characters here I would describe as being particularly Hufflepuff, Inej is one through and through (also the best character TBH). I personally wouldn’t call Hufflepuffs unemotional, I just think our practicality and logical nature outweighs emotion more often than not. Hufflepuffs feel deeply, but a lot of the time privately and Inej displays that perfectly. She’s so incredibly loyal to Kaz and her team, she is first and foremost pragmatic, but she has a deep sense of what it means to be fair, just and honest despite being a criminal. I adored her arc and I’m excited to see more of her as I pick up more books in this series.
Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Ya’ll, IDK what my problem is but I am redundant as all get out. I tried really hard not to repeat books I’ve plugged non-stop in this list. However, I really couldn’t make this list without including Vhalla Yarl because out of all of these I am 100000000% sure she would be a Hufflepuff. She literally ticks every box of a Hufflepuffs traits and her story arc from simpering, scared library apprentice to strong, independent bad ass is one of my absolute favorites. I could fan girl over her growth and change as a character for AGES but I’ll keep it short and sweet and just tell you to read the series.
*OBVIOUSLY, I wanted to include Evelyn Hugo in this list, but if I’m being honest with you she wouldn’t be a Hufflepuff. It makes my heart sad that we wouldn’t be HP sisters but you can’t win them all. An honorable mention goes to Citra and Rowan of the Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman because I think both of them WOULD be Hufflepuffs but again, didn’t want to repeat myself too much!
So, first and foremost – even if you aren’t a big HP fan, I highly suggest taking your house / patronus quiz on pottermore because it is fun AF (my patronus is a Chestnut Stallion – woo woo and my husbands is a badger LOLOL).
Anywho, do you know your house / patronus, if so TELL ME! Also, have you read any of these titles, what did you think? What books would be good for Hufflepuffs in your opinion? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!