Top Five Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Lainey and Samantha over on the T5W goodreads group. This week’s prompt was:
Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!
As a Slytherin through and through, thanks to the Pottermore sorting and thousand other quizzes I’ve taken that have all given the same result, I think I have the perfect set of books that could be found in the dungeon common room. In no particular order…
The Magicians by Lev Grossman has got to be quintessentially Slytherin. Over achievers whose ambition to become the best magician drives them forward, and then, once they reach the pinnacle, find that the mediocrity of the world around them is contemptibly tedious. This book immediately came to mind when I thought Slytherin.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco might seem like an odd choice, but hear me out. We’ve got main character Tea that is extremely powerful, and through a series of events, becomes so extremely cunning and ambitious she is banished from society. Does she simply resign to that? No, she plots for a way to get even and boy is it frightening!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Kaz Brekker. That’s pretty much it. The reason this screams Slytherin. Now, I still haven’t read Crooked Kingdom, so who knows if it still rings true, but since SoC Kaz is so driven by vengeance, even though he remains mostly cool and collected about it, and has plans upon plans upon plans, this is totally typical Slytherin.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Wow, I read this so long ago, I don’t have a review for it up on RR. It’s a dense read, but what makes it Slytherin is Jonathan Strange. His distaste over Norrell’s boring forms of magic, the desire to break out on his own, and his ambition to uncover new, greater magics, leads me to think he would have been a great, if disastrous, addition to Slytherin.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I mean, I don’t think I really even need to say anything about this choice. It’s obvious. Heathcliff and Catherine fall down Slytherin’s dark path of ambition and cunning, where it leads to cruelty and rancor. Still, they understand each other, and in the end, isn’t that what Slytherin is all about? Yes, we might have negative tendencies, but we’re family. We take each other, warts and all.
So, what do you think? Disagree with any of my choices? Have any recs? Let me know!
I’d love to see what y’all picked for your houses!