Sunday, July 31, 2016

SFF: The 5 Books That You Might Want to Read After Harry Potter

Sunday Fun Five #59:

A Countdown of

The 5 Books That You Might Want to Read After Harry Potter

5. Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
Though this is darker than the Harry Potter series, and Fitz wasn't my favorite starting out, something about this brought back memories of Potions with Professor Snape. Magic is taught in this series, and Fitz doesn't have many friends like Harry, but he instead learns his place in the palace (which is unfortunately not very high up at all). This is also more traditional fantasy, but it reminded me of Harry Potter nonetheless.

4. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
An orphan boy prodigy. A magic university. But still, not quite like Harry Potter. Kvothe (pronounced quothe) the hero of the series, isn't that perfect, and it shows by this book's across the board ratings. I loved it. It was one of the first adult fantasies to even mildly appeal to me. However, you may want to wait until Book 3/Day 3 is published, as this is a still unfinished series.

3. The Naming (The Books of Pellinor #1) by Alison Croggon
This is a YA fantasy I read while waiting for the next in the Harry Potter series to come out as a teen. Though it is more reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings in writing style, the series follows a girl who discovers she has a magical talent. It is also the only fantasy I've read that actually mentions menstrual periods, so yay for that!

2. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
This is an obvious choice, because it's about a wizard named Harry. From there, the resemblances dissipate, but there's something about this urban fantasy mystery series that just appeals to the Harry Potter fan in me.

1. The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1) by Clare B. Dunkle
Though this really isn't about a magic school, it is a coming of age story/mild romance/fairytale all in one book. For some reason, I just can't bring myself to put any other book at the top of this Fun Five list- perhaps because I found it so unique. The heroine is more Ginny than Hermione, but I still find myself drawn to this in relation to the Harry Potter series- perhaps due to the fact it's YA and I read it while the magic of Hogwarts was still being woven.

Which books do you recommend to Hogwarts alumni? What book did you most enjoy reading after the Harry Potter series?


  1. I just have to say thank you for helping me find the Hollow Kingdom again. I borrowed it from the library when I was in middle school and loved it, but as an adult I couldn't remember it's name. I've been looking for it for several years to reread, but googling "a book where the goblin kings kidnaps a girl to marry her" didn't really lead me anywhere. I've been a follower of book blogs/booktube for years now, but you're the only one who has ever mentioned The Hollow Kingdom.

    1. I'm glad you found it again!!! The Hollow Kingdom is one of the few YA books to survive my move to Idaho, so it's obviously a keeper. I found it interesting that it's so under-read among bloggers, but it isn't exactly a new release anymore, and generally those get more attention. It's so difficult to find books once you forget the title, but there are groups on Goodreads that can sometimes help you find them again.
      Thanks for stopping by and finding an old favorite, Shannon!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Blogger just ate my comment. I will be back after I get over being mad. Ha ha.

    1. *smoke comes out of ears*
      I had that happen to me while commenting back a week or two ago- I may have to switch to Disqus like you did.
      ~Litha Nelle

  3. Take two... heh heh. The Name of the Wind sounds interesting because I usually like books with ratings which are all over the place. The Hollow Kingdom being a standalone appeals to me, too. Our first "have to have it" after the Harry Potter books started coming out were the Inkheart books. They aren't like HP, but they are Fantasy and we ate them up. Of Breakable Things would be another choice because the characters are in ghost school. Some people haven't liked them because the magical system is a littke complicated, but I liked that aspect.

    1. The Name of the Wind boasts high ratings on Goodreads, but it's also a hit or miss book (if you get what I mean). There are more books to The Hollow Kingdom, but I've never read them (the main characters are different)- the book almost reminds me of Thorn due to the fairy tale theme. I read the first two Inkheart books but I never got around to the rest of them... I had a hard time choosing which series to complete as a teen. I think I bought Of Breakable Things a while ago, but I'm trying to read more Sci-fi for the challenge I'm doing this summer.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting (three times), La La!!!
      ~Litha Nelle


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