If you’ve been here for a while you probably have picked up on my Harry Potter obsession. I love those books. Thank you J.K. Rowling! Every year I have a Harry Potter birthday party not a Potter themed birthday party for me but a party for Harry himself. This year it’ll probably be postponed since July 31st is coming up too fast and we’ve just got so much going on. So to celebrate Harry’s birthday month I thought I’d take advantage of this weeks Top Ten Tuesday theme of books for people who like author X and give some of my favs for all you J.K. Rowling lovers out there. To see everyone else’s lists see here.
I’ll let you read the synopsis of each on Goodreads and just say what Harry Potter like aspect I loved about each recommendation. And if you want to be friends on Goodreads you can find me here.
The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare – I like these a lot they aren’t my favorite in terms of everything I’ve read but I do believe they are the next Potter. The reading following is already big, the movie is under production and I think once they become movies they are sure to take off. I love the whole kids fighting evil and the new magical fantasy world that you get to escape into. I do think they are better for a slightly older crowd than the Potter books for minor sexual content.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – I think Rowling fans will like the kids with powers aspect you find in these books. The camp setting give a similar feel as Hogwarts, I’m a sucker for boarding school types of settings and these give me that which I love.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – For those who love Hermione and her wonderful mind. Artemis is a smart cookie and it’s fun to watch him use his brain in these adventures. Definitely fun midgrade books there are a lot of them and I think they improve as they go on.
The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – There’s just something about being sorted into groups and being identified by your key personality type or highest value. In Rowling’s books you have the houses in Roth’s you have factions. While the feel of these books are totally different than Potter no magic or powers at all, I loved the first two that are out and am excited for the third.
The Graceling books by Kristen Cashore – Something I loved about the Potter books was that I could escape into this new magical world. And oh man was I blown away when I got to see a part of that world come to life. These Graceling books have that same wonderful escape and magical new world. Plus they are some of my favorite books I read this past year and I’m sure will remain favorites for years to come.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Randsom Riggs – While a few in this list already give you a good solid male POV this is another. It’s got quirky ideas and odd characters.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – I’m not going to lie I never finished the whole series but I did get through the first handful of books and found them really fun and interesting. Great action and like the Potter books always gave you something a little deeper to consider.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I’m still not sure what it is so maybe some of you can help me out but it seems like these books appeal to the same crowd as the Potter books. I know many of my friends love both series but I’m not positive what besides having kids as the characters is similar. Nonetheless I think many Rowling fans would enjoy these books.
Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card – Do I sounds like a broken record? These are my favorite books along with the Potter books. Strong male POV, brilliant kids, boarding school atmosphere, interesting teachers and tons of adventure. They are making a movie if you haven’t read these yet now’s the time.
Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer – And if you just want some more magic in your life and maybe have a love for some regency flair the Cecelia and Kate books are fun quick reads. They aren’t my all time favs but they are easy to get at the library and give you your magic fix.
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Jena Snowden says
I love you. Thank you for loving Harry. :)
I was not a big fan of Miss Peregrine, but all the others make up for it. So I still love you.
Not gonna lie Jena Miss Peregrine was my hmmm I need one more to get to ten recommendation. I liked it but I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting. :)
Great recommendations! I love The Enchanted Chocolate Pot and Percy Jackson.
Love your list! I’m not familiar with all the books, but the ones I do know are amazing!
Oh, I really want to read this book, even though I only have read the first book in the HP series. I know! But it’s my challenge of the year to read all 6 or 7 (I forgot)HP books. :)
I completely agree with Artemis Fowl, The Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments! I haven’t read the others but I’ll have a look at them for sure.
Tanya Patrice says
I love it when I come across a list where I’ve read a few of the books – that rarely happens – and I 100% agree with your choices. LOVED The Hunger Games, Divergent & The Mortal Instrument series.
Coffee Monster says
I’ve read many of these but I still have many more to go, great list!
Finally a list with some books I have already read! Loved most of the ones you suggested and now – with comparing Graceling to Harry Potter – I know exactly what Im going to read whenever I get behing on my review books :)
I just started reading City of Bone and I’m really excited for it! Very interested in seeing where it’s going. Very nice suggestions :)
I love J.K. Rowling! I’ve read half of these books and the other half are on my to be read list. I can’t wait to read Divergent. I’m really overdue for that.
So-Sew Me says
Not many women have read the Ender series but it is so good, I remember convincing my husband to read it. Easily in my top five favorite books ever, then I read Ender’s Shadow and had to make room for it too. I <3 Bean!
Sweet Athena says
I started reading The Mortal Instrument Series because of your recommendation. Thanks for sharing, I am enjoying the reading (no Harry Potter, but still good).