Top 5 Books for Slytherins

Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday, where today we’re going over the final Harry Potter themed T5T, featuring Slytherins! As always, T5T is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, who also gave us this handy definition of a Slytherin:

They are ambitious, driven, goal focused, determined, prepared, perfectionists, adaptable, realistic, self reliant, charming, assertive, and ruthless. They are highly selective with their loyalty, love positive attention and thrive on praise, care about the impression they give, demand respect, and can be disloyal.

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

I feel like Kell is definitely a Slytherin, although Delilah Bard might fit the profile even better than Kell does. Kell is absolutely ambitious and goal-focused, and can be ruthless when it comes to protecting his brother. Delilah is determined and assertive, completely self-reliant (which ends up almost becoming her downfall several times throughout the series). I love how loyal Kell is to his brother, and how disloyal he ends up being to the crown. He knows what he wants, he knows how to get it, and at times he does not care who stands in his way. He doesn’t particularly care about attention, or at least that’s the vibe he gives off: all he really wants is for his parents to trust him and give him praise, but that’s the last thing they will ever give him. They see him as a weapon, as something to be held in secret and used against their enemies.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is the epitome of a ruthless and determined Slytherin. This is a book about the bad guys who are actually the good guys, and how Sir Goldenloin might have been the real villain all along. Lord Ballister Blackheart has no idea what he’s getting into when he agrees to let the young shapeshifter Nimona tag along with him as his sidekick, but he ultimately ends up caring for her, although she professes to care for nobody and live only for herself. It’s a wonderful story, made all the more beautiful by the illustrations (it is a graphic novel, after all). The first day I got it, I read it through several times so I could appreciate both the art and the writing. If you’re one of the few people who haven’t experienced Nimona, you need to drop what you’re doing and get on it immediately. And if you regret it, you’re free to come back to this post and cuss me out. (I bet you won’t, though.)

Goddess of the Night: Daughters of the Moon #1 by Lynne Ewing

Daughters of the Moon (Books 1-3) by [Ewing, Lynne]This is a blast from the past. I first read this series in middle school, and it was the first “magical girls” series I had ever read. I thought it was so neat, that these 15 and 16 year olds were going out and partying, living in Los Angeles and going to nightclubs. I thought it was badass. I had no idea that just several years later, I would be thinking something along the lines of, “Man, where were these kids’ parents?” Daughters of the Moon is very much along the lines of something like Percy Jackson, except it deals with female offspring of goddesses only, and they’re only the daughters of one specific goddess, if I remember correctly (again, it’s been a long time since I’ve read this). The friends are fiercely loyal to each other, but at times they can go behind the others’ backs to get ahead in something in their own lives. It’s extremely interesting to read, and it was something that I think influenced me a lot, even if I can’t remember much of it now. I have several of the books on my shelf at home, but I don’t have the complete collection yet. They’re a lot harder to find than you would think.

Artemis by Andy Weir

I can’t believe I’m putting this one a list, considering how much I hate it, but I can firmly put Jazz in the Slytherin House, due to how awful of a person she is. She spends the entire book ignoring solid advice from friends, she uses someone’s crush on her as leverage to get them to bend to her every whim, and she’s just an all-around dangerous person. I’m not even going to mention how badly she treats her Earth pen-pal. I don’t know if Jazz cares about how she presents herself, but she is absolutely disloyal to those who have helped her in the past. I’m probably taking all of my anger at Jazz out on her in this post, but if you want an even longer explanation as to why I can’t stand her, check out my full review from last year.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I thought a bit about this one, and realized that yes, Wade Watts absolutely counts as a Slytherin. The vast majority of the Gunters do, because they are searching for one thing and one thing only: Halliday’s Easter Egg, which is hidden somewhere within the virtual world of the OASIS. Each of the Gunters are loyal only to themselves, although later on Wade and the rest of the leaderboard end up forming an uneasy alliance. IOI, the bad guys in the novel, are absolutely ruthless and will stop at nothing in order to get rid of these top Gunters, including tracking them down in the real world and murdering them. It’s a race against time as more and more clues are solved, and more and more IOI agents are lining up to take their own shot at the prize. But can Wade and his friends come out on top, despite all of the odds being stacked against them?

Slytherins tend to get a bad rap, mostly because people associate lying/thieving/sniveling little tattle tales with that house. I will say I know a few people who claim Slytherin as their house (and a few people who should be claiming Slytherin as their house), but you can’t judge the masses on the actions of a few. (Although am I just rambling now? I’m not sure.)

What do you think of my book choices? Anything you want to fight me over? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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