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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.) In case you missed the Ravenclaw gift guide earlier this week, you can read it here!

Today, I’m recommending books to my secondary house, the house where I feel like, in my heart of hearts, I probably belong, although 11-year-old Madalyn would never have chosen it. (Fun fact: on Pottermore, I’ve gotten a hatstall between Ravenclaw and Slytherin every time I’ve taken the test.) Without further ado, allow me to recommend some books to my ambitious, cunning, resourceful Slytherin friends.

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. gas 78 industries There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

I tried to include at least one nonfiction title on each House’s recommendation list, and Bad Blood immediately came to mind for Slytherin. This is one of the most page-turning, shocking pieces of nonfiction I’ve ever read– I literally CANNOT believe this actually happened. r gas constant kj The entire premise of Theranos was built on manipulation and deceit. I think Slytherins will enjoy reading about such a large-scale act of deceit and how it was perpetuated for so many years, but I also think they’ll secretly plot how they could have handled this whole situation better than Elizabeth Holmes did. *shrug* I mean, that’s kinda what I did.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet-star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever.

For anyone who, like me, LIVES for reading about ambitious female protagonists in young adult, the Tiny Pretty Things duology is a must-read. I devoured this series when I read it, and it really reminded me of all the reasons I love YA. This book tackles a variety of heavy topics, but I mean, if backstabbing, ruthless (but still very human!) ballerinas are your thing, look no further. The perfect YA contemporary for a Slytherin! (Also, 2/3 of the POV characters are women of color!)

Black Iris is one of my all-time favorite books. I think about it constantly, and it 100% deserves more love than it gets. gas prices going up 2016 If you like books that are dark as shit and that will leave your head spinning, READ THIS. I have a feeling Slytherins will really appreciate the huge plot twist. The MC is incredibly cunning and smart, and this whole book is just… wow. (Also, I live for the queer rep in this book.) Also, it’s new adult, so there are lots of A+ sexy scenes!

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. gas jet compressor Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

AART totally took me by surprise with how much I loved it. April May, the protagonist, felt so human and relatable. Even though I’m not sure April has the foresight of a Slytherin, I think some of the decisions she makes in this book put her in positions that folks in Slytherin House will find all too familiar. What’s more Slytherin than twisting a chaotic major world event for your own gain whenever possible?

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

For some reason, when I sat down to write this list, Sadie wouldn’t stop popping into my brain as a Slytherin book. electricity cost las vegas I’m still not 100% sure that Sadie is a Slytherin, but she certainly has the singleminded focus of one in this book. The revenge plot is compelling, and the larger themes being explored– the way we exploit lost, dead, and missing girls for society’s entertainment– will resonate with Slytherins. Plus, the format is SO COOL, and if you’re a public radio nerd like myself, you’ll completely love the podcast elements.