Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff Tales

Posted December 7, 2018 by Madalyn || 5 Comments

Hi, everyone! As I’m sure you all have noticed, the holiday season is upon us. I always try to do some sort of bookish holiday gift guide on the blog, and for this year’s, I decided to recommend books to each Hogwarts House that I feel fit the characteristics of that House. I’ve wanted to do a series of book recommendations based on Hogwarts Houses for a while, and what better time than now, when you can add these to your holiday wishlist? (This was partially inspired by Rachel @ Rec-It Rachel’s holiday gift guide this year, which I’ve been loving.)

Here are my recommendations for Ravenclaw and Slytherin, in case you missed them!

Today, I’m bringing you some recommendations for one of my favorite Houses, Hufflepuff. So many of my closest friends belong to this House. Without further preamble, here are the stories I most recommend to my dedicated, loyal, hard-working badger friends.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff TalesFor Every One by Jason Reynolds
Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books on April 10, 2018
Genres: Poetry
Pages: 112

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.

A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift.

This short poem packs a powerful punch, and I think it will appeal to all of the dreamers out there– of which, in Hufflepuff House, there are many. I also think Hufflepuff’s values of hard work and dedication are explored beautifully in this poem. Jason Reynolds for President, y’all. He can do no wrong.

Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff TalesThe Start of Me and You (The Start of Me and You, #1) by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury on March 31, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 376

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

THE CUTEST YA ROMANCE BETWEEN MY TWO FAVORITE RAVENPUFFS. I adore this book and this cast of characters to the ends of the earth. Not only is the romance adorable, but the unswervingly loyal, supportive friend group in this book is the stuff of Hufflepuff dreams. Also, this holiday season is the perfect season to pick up a copy for your Hufflepuff pals, as a follow-up is coming out in 2019!

Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff TalesCheck, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu
Published by First Second on September 18, 2018
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 288

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

For some reason, as soon as I thought of Hufflepuff, I gravitated toward all the baking-related books? I decided to limit myself to one, though, and I had to go with Check, Please! in the end. This is, hands-down, one of the cutest books I’ve read in 2018. If you want all of the baking, hockey, college, and friendship vibes– plus a ship-worthy queer romance– you have to pick this one up. Perfect for the purest, cutest Hogwarts house.

Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff TalesEvery Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire
Published by on April 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 173

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward ChildrenNo SolicitationsNo VisitorsNo Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

This is the kind of magical fantasy book that has a lot of whimsy and charm, but also makes your heart ache in the strangest way. I don’t exactly know why Every Heart came to mind so quickly when I sat down to make this list, but I have a gut feeling this story will resonate with Hufflepuffs.

Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff TalesDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Published by Dial Books on August 28, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 316

Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom's family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what's going on. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, best friends don't have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he's spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline.

Sohrab calls him Darioush--the original Persian version of his name--and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab. When it's time to go home to America, he'll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.

This is a quietly beautiful YA contemporary about a teenage boy connecting with his extended family in Iran, while also going on a bit of a self-discovery journey, too. This one completely took me by surprise, and I think all Hufflepuffs will appreciate the friendship and family dynamics explored in this book.

Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff TalesSummer of Salt by Katrina Leno
Published by HarperTeen on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 272

A magic passed down through generations . . .

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen . . .

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . .

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

Summer of Salt is atmospheric, magical, and melancholy. At its core, though, this is a story about how women are goddamn magical. It’s about women with power and the ways in which they use that power to protect the things they love. Hufflepuffs will love the fierce loyalty of the wonderful women in this book.

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What books would you recommend to Hufflepuffs?

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5 responses to “Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff Tales

  1. Even though I’m a total Slytherin, I LOVE Hufflepuff books because friendship is my favorite thing to read about! I love so many of the books you chose for this list!

  2. It’s funny because although I am a Hufflepuff, I gravitate toward gritty, dark, miserable books. That said. Check, Please is ADORABLE. And I want to read most of the others on the list, too! So perhaps my Huffelpuffy nature will like them! This is such a fun gift guide idea, I need to check out all the other houses too!

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