Slytherin – Top 5 Tuesday

I’ve already done a series on book recommendations for the various houses, which you can read here – but I wanted to update it for this month’s series of house-related Top 5 Tuesdays!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that the lovely Bionic Bookworm does. If you are interested in doing any of her topics on your blog she welcomes it! Don’t forget to check out her upcoming topics if you’re interested in participating in future Top 5’s! Be sure to check out her topics here!


Slytherins are ambitious, cunning, determined, and so much more.

The Cruel Prince and the Wicked King by Holly Black

Jude Duarte is the definition of Slytherin – and most of the characters in this book are as well. You can read my review of the Cruel Prince to see for yourself!

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Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

The whole premise of this book revolves around the fact that one of the Londons was too ambitious for its own good. They sought more power than they could handle and it ultimately led to their downfall. The characters in this series are ambitious, determined, cunning and sometimes ruthless – but they are also incredibly loyal. I think that Slytherins would be fascinated by the struggle each character faces as they walk the line between letting their traits be a positive or a negative force in their lives. If this series sounds intriguing, check out my review here!

Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

This crew is the epitome of Slytherin house, from the ambitious Kaz Brekker to the cunning Nina Zenik. This series has incredible world development, a series of gangs that vie for control of the city, a heist and other fantastic storylines. The crew is resourceful, loyal and loveable (but keep that to yourself). As Slughorn said, “being a Slytherin means we know when to be brave and when to keep ourselves out of trouble” although sometimes our favourite crew has a little trouble with the second part. Be sure to check out my review here!

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Our two main characters must use all of their intelligence and cunning to win a competition despite not knowing who they are competing against. Each must perform more and more spectacular feats of magic without giving themselves away. The Circus itself is an ambitious feat of imagination and engineering. Check out my review here!

Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A corporation’s ambitions set the entire story in motion, from the attack on an illegal mining base to the subsequent chase across the stars. They are the negative side of Slytherin when someone becomes too ambitious or ruthless, and things they’re cunning enough not to be caught. There is also representation by characters of the positive sides of those traits as well. Check out my review here!

What books would you pick for Slytherins? Let me know in the comments!


11 responses to “Slytherin – Top 5 Tuesday”

  1. PerfectlyTolerable Avatar

    Great choices! Tho I think Vicious fits better for Slytherin’s than A Darker Shade of Magic, but they are both good picks! And I completely agree with The Wicked King and The Night Circus (I never would have thought of The Night Circus, but now that you listed it, I totally agree)

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    1. kyera Avatar

      It probably does, I just haven’t read Vicious yet!

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  2. SHA @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

    Jude is totally a Slytherin, oh wow. But Nina?? You may have to present an detailed argument for this one.

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    1. kyera Avatar

      You don’t think Nina is cunning?

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      1. SHA @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

        Hmm. She has a devious side, but I think she would hesitate to sacrifice others for personal gain. Something I think a Slytherin wouldn’t have such qualms with. This from someone who 1) didn’t read Crooked Kingdom yet and 2) has only WATCHED Harry Potter. 👀

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      2. kyera Avatar

        Yeah, Slytherins are quite villanized in the HP books because we’re seeing the world through Harry’s eyes and obviously he is biased. Being Slytherin doesn’t immediately equate to being evil or ruthless. Just like Gryffindor’s can be cowardly or brash, Hufflepuffs can be lazy, and Ravenclaws can be prideful. Each house has positive and negative traits, and no one person embodies all of them.

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