Hogwarts House Recommendations: Booktube Edition | Gryffindor

Hello, friends, and welcome back to my mini-series in which I recommend booktubers based on Hogwarts Houses. I’ve already recommended booktubers based on Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff, and today I’m bringing you the final segment of this series in which I recommend booktubers based on Gryffindor!

According to Pottermore, Gryffindor values “courage, bravery, and determination.” Gryffindor is a house I associate not only with boldness and bravery, but also with honesty, self expression, energetic tendencies, and dedication to others. When I think of a Gryffindor, I envision someone who is unafraid to be completely themselves and to express that with boldness and honesty.

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emmmabooks

If you enjoy sweet, bold, upbeat content then Emma of emmmabooks is your girl! Emma is full of energy and unafraid to voice her opinions, but she’s also incredibly kind. Oftentimes Emma has put her bold, energetic personality to use by raising up marginalized voices. In this way and in others, Emma really reminds me of a Gryffindor’s dedication to others around them. As the survivor of an eating disorder and a psychology graduate student, Emma often uses her platform to discuss mental health and to support books (especially #ownvoices books) surrounding mental health. If you are looking for a booktuber who embodies a lot of Gryffindor qualities, definitely check out Emma’s channel!

yerabooknerdzoe

If you want to turn up the bold and the brash, check out Zoe’s channel, yerabooknerdzoe! Zoe’s channel overflows with sass, sarcasm, and swearing and never fails to be entertaining. Zoe seems so unafraid to be herself and voice her opinions and it’s honestly so refreshing! To me, Zoe just completely embodies the boldness that Gryffindor stands for and I think Gryffindors will definitely appreciate her and her content!

G-Swizzel Books

Grace from G-Swizzel Books reminds me so much of a Gryffindor that it’s insane! Energetic, honest, and opinionated, Grace’s Gryffindor-like attitude shines on the screen! Gace’s content is often upbeat and fun, but she’s also not afraid to take a moment and get real with her viewers. Grace shares her own truth through books with such boldness and zeal that I always leave with a feeling of appreciation for her and her honesty. Definitely take a look at her channel if you’re looking for an awesome, Gryffindor-ish booktuber!

Common Spence

Spencer of Common Spence strikes me as a booktuber Gryffindors would really love to watch because he just embodies the freedom of being completely who you are and owning. it. hunny! Flamboyant, loud, and proud, Spencer flaunts every facet of himself and it’s so awesome to see! He always brings such bold personality to his videos and you can always count on him to bring the sass! If you love the boldness of Gryffindor house, then Spencer just may be the booktuber for you!

readbetweenthewine

There’s something about being bluntly honest that’s very brave to me and that’s a big reason why Jess from readbetweenthewine is on this list. Tbh, Jess is one of my favorite booktubers, in part because she embodies traits of all of the Hogwarts houses. She’s smart as a Ravenclaw, snarky as a Slytherin, diplomatic as a Hufflepuff, and blunt as a Gryffindor. Jess brings a really unique viewpoint to booktube as a US Army veteran and she brings a lot of knowledge and commentary from her former career. For instance, I loved one of her sci fi novel reviews in which she used her knowledge to talk about gun construction and mechanics (which was pretty cool, in my opinion)! Never one to shy away from bluntness, Jess is definitely a Gryffindor-esque booktuber to watch!

So that’s all I’ve got for you today, friends! I’ve had so much fun bringing this mini-series to you and I hope you enjoyed it and found a couple new booktubers to subscribe to!

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  • What’s your Hogwarts house? Who are some booktubers you think share it?
  • Do you agree with my recommendations?
  • Who are some booktubers you think belong in Gryffindor?

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Pages & Potions | A Harry Potter Book Tag [Original]

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been in a very Harry Potter-ish mood lately! I’ve given Hogwarts house booktube recommendations for Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff (with Gryffindor coming soon, y’all 😉), but, nevertheless, my Very Harry Potter Mood™ has persisted! So, inspired by the lovely Trang and Lashaan of Bookidote and their wonderful original Harry Potter book tag, I took action and created The Pages & Potions Book Tag: A Harry Potter Book Tag! I know, it’s a long title, but I’m hoping that, in this case, long title equals lots of fun!

R U L E S

  • NO using Harry Potter books as your answer
  • Link back to the creator (me, Lila @ Hardcover Haven)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you
  • Have fun!

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B O O K   T A G

Amortentia // Causes the drinker to fall head over heels in love with the person serving the potion // A book that’s your problematic fave

Ooooooh, y’all, I’m bouta spill some tea—about myself, that is! One of my favorite books is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones—but I recognize that it’s super problematic! I wrote huge half rave, half rant review of the book discussing how incredibly misogynistic, unhealthy, and toxic many of the thoughts, words, actions, and situations depicted in Wintersong are….but, like, I also kinda loved the book too? If you want to see more of my tortured, conflicted thoughts on the book, definitely check that review out.

Polyjuice Potion // Transforms the drinker’s appearance into someone else’s // A diverse book that let you stand in someone else’s shoes

I really loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, which is an East Asian inspired retelling of the origin story of the evil queen from Snow White. It’s an underrated but super incredible book overall and one of the things I loved was how steeped in East Asian culture it was! I feel like I really got a feel for the cultures it drew inspiration from and it made me want to learn more.

Draught of Living Death // A sleeping potion so strong that some who have consumed it appear dead // A book that bored you to death sleep

Okay sooooooo….don’t kill me but….I was MASSIVELY bored by Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I know, I know! Everybody loves that book/series, but I just couldn’t stand it. I’m surprised I made it all the way through cause I nearly DNFed it so. many. times! I just felt like nothing really happens in the book except for bland romance, which is even more disappointing when you consider the book was marketed as a fight to the death for the crown fought by three sisters. Idk, to each their own I guess?

Draught of Peace // Calms, comforts, and eases anxiety // A book or genre that always brings you comfort

My go-to genre is always fantasy. Nothing brings me more comfort than escaping into a new world and learning everything about it while going on an immersive adventure!

The thing about fantasy is that it indulges my curiosity, my sense of adventure, and my desire to explore everything I can! As nerdy as it sounds, nothing is as relaxing to me as letting my imagination roam around a new world. What can I say? I’m a Ravenclaw to my core, I guess!

Veritaserum // Forces those who have consumed it to tell the truth // An unpopular bookish opinion you hold

Truth be told, I have plenty of “unpopular” bookish opinions, but the bookish community is so nice that I rarely feel bad about them! Like, I dogear pages of my own books and MASSIVELY prefer audiobooks to any other format. I also was not a fan of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo? Lord knows, I never thought that the most “controversial” opinions I’d have would pertain to books, of all things!

Confusing Concoction // Confuses those who have consumed it // A book that was confusing

Ummm…Okay, confession time here but was anyone else super confused at the ending of Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan??? It’s a recent release and the ARC got stellar pre-release reviews but when I read it I just…could not for the life of me figure out what was going on during the last, like, 25%???? I don’t want to go into it for fear of, ya know, accidental spoilers (dun, dUN, DUN!) but, um, yeah, if anyone actually understood what was happening, please feel free to DM me on Twitter and fill me in…

Felix Felicis // Brings luck to those who have consumed it // An author who’s lucky enough to be on your “auto-buy authors” list 

I have a lot of trouble believing that I won’t buy any and all of S.A. Chakraborty’s future books. Like, if you told me that I won’t, I would probably laugh. A lot. Cause that would be a ridiculous and outlandish statement! Chakraborty shot to the top of my auto-buy authors list in 2017 with her debut novel, The City of Brass and this year she solidified her place as number one with her release of the sequel, The Kingdom of Copper. Her books were so intricately plotted and feature such compelling and complex characters that I’ve become a big fan of hers!

Skele-Gro // Regrows bones // A book that made your love of reading grow

I gotta give credit where it’s due and answer this one with Divergent by Veronica Roth. See, in my first year of college, Divergent not only helped me get back into my reading groove (after my junior and senior year of high school sucked away all my spare time and thus my ability to read a lot other than required reading), but it also helped me rediscover my love of audiobooks, which I hadn’t listened listened to since eighth grade! Five years later today and I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks and am still consuming books like a maniac!

So, friends, that’s all for today! I had so much fun making this tag and I hope you had just as much fun reading my answers! I hope you’ll participate too and I can’t wait to see all of your answers.

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Hogwarts House Recommendation: Booktube Edition | Hufflepuff

Hello, friends, and welcome to part three of my currently ongoing series in which I recommend booktubers based on a Hogwarts house! I’ve already talked about Ravenclaw and Slytherin, and today we’ll be taking a dive into the house of Hufflepuff!

I think Hufflepuff is one of the most interesting Hogwarts houses because it’s the only house that J.K. Rowling doesn’t give much definition and focus to and in doing such, she kind of has allowed a lot of flexibility for Harry Potter fans themselves to decide what qualities Hufflepuffs embody. According to Pottermore, Hufflepuff is the house of “hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play.” In addition, I personally associate Hufflepuffs with kindness, gentleness, compassion, positivity, and a natural inclination towards healing, both physical and emotional. When I think of Hufflepuffs, I think of people who aren’t pushovers, but who stand up to others while still being mindful of their opponent’s humanity. The booktubers I’m about to recommend are individuals who I personally think embody the qualities of a typical Hufflepuff.

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Bookables

Of all of the booktubers I watch, I would argue that Heather of Bookables is definitely the most Hufflepuff-y. Heather is so sweet and genuine! It’s so clear that when giving what might be considered any kind of “controversial” opinion, Heather tries her best to be incredibly considerate of everyone’s feelings, including those of people who might disagree with her. Heather is always so positive and I know I can always count on her to give thoughtful opinions. If you’re looking for a great Hufflepuff booktuber to follow, definitely check out Heather’s channel!

Books with Chloe

If I’m not mistaken, Chloe of Books With Chloe identifies as a Ravenclaw, but I think she seems a bit like a Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff mix. Chloe is so soft spoken and seems so kind. She’s not afraid to voice negative opinions, but she seems to try to do so in a gentle and thoughtful way. Chloe also seems to make a lot of friends in the community who are from channels of all sizes, big and small. If you’re looking for a Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw booktuber to give you a dose of intelligent, yet thoughtful and kind opinion, then give Chloe’s channel a chance.

Super Space Chick

Super Space Chick‘s Kristin strikes me as the definition of a Hufflepuff fangirl. She’s always upbeat, positive, and excited. It’s clear she’s always thoughtful when giving her opinions, even if they’re negative ones. Kristin always has a refreshingly cheery outlook and definitely helps viewers look on the bright side. She’s is peppy and fun and I always leave her videos feeling excited to read! If you want a bright, fun, cheery booktube channel to watch, then Kristin’s channel is definitely one for you!

Alexa Loves Books

While this channel is called Alexa Loves Books, it actually consists of content made by two creators—Alexa and her husband, Macky. The two of them have to be the epitome of an adorkable Hufflepuff couple! Alexa and Macky love to fangirl/boy and geek out over books and it’s so cute. They’re both so soft-spoken and positive that I feel like I always end their videos feeling a bit cheerier. And—bonus!—they’re actually good friends with Kristin of Super Space Chick, so sometimes she joins them in vlogs and the Hufflepuff-ness is overwhelming (but in, like, a good way)! So definitely give Alexa Loves Books a chance if you’re looking to add some Hufflepuff-y bookish positivity in your life!

Chelsea Palmer

Chelsea of Chelsea Palmer is another booktuber who strikes me as a Hufflepuff fangirl. Her positivity and exuberance is so catchy and it’s hard not to leave her videos feeling pumped about reading! Chelsea is always so happy to share her love of literature with everyone watching her videos. She’s like a ray of Hufflepuff sunshine! So if you need that in your life, Chelsea’s channel is for you!

So that’s all I got today for Hufflepuff booktuber recommendations! These booktubers are ones who I really feel embody the exuberance, positivity, and kindness of Hufflepuff as a house. Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope y’all enjoyed!

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  • What’s your Hogwarts house? Who are some booktubers you think share it?
  • Do you agree with my recommendations?
  • Who are some booktubers you think belong in Hufflepuff?

Hogwarts House Recommendation: Booktube Edition | Slytherin

Hello, friends! Today is part two of my series of posts in which I sort booktubers into Hogwarts houses. Last time I shared some booktubers who I believe are Ravenclaws, and this time I’ve turned my eye to Slytherins!

Aside from being cunning and ambitious, other traits I associate with Slytherins are: cleverness, dark humor, confidence, and blunt, unfiltered honesty. One thing I’ve noticed is that all of the booktubers I’ve chosen for this category are pretty blunt and outspoken, but oftentimes in a snarky way. They’re not afraid to say, “You know, I really wasn’t a fan of that thing” or “I really loved this thing,” even if it’s an unpopular opinion. I guess this is also kind of something I associate with Slytherins—they have a comfort with being unapologetically themselves in a completely unrefined way. So here are some of the booktubers I feel embody that vibe!

S L Y T H E R I N   B O O K T U B E R S

readwithcindy

Cindy of readwithcindy is, like, Peak Slytherin Booktuber. Hilariously blunt, sarcastic, and self-deprecating, Cindy is the absolute epitome of a Slytherin. Cindy has no qualms about calling it like she sees it minus all the disclaimers. She’s very good at subverting common “booktube tropes” through irony and sarcasm. But, in the end, as much as she might mock some of the sillier things that those of us in the book community might do, Cindy really does stand for the phrase “You do you.” If you’re looking for the most Slytherin of Slytherins, check out Cindy’s channel!

HardbackHoarder

If you’re looking for a booktuber who just completely embodies the vibe of a Slytherpuff, Ali of HardbackHoarder is ya girl! Ali doesn’t hold back who she is or her opinions—and I love that about her! And, man! Does she bring the sass sometimes! She’s always honest, always kind, and sometimes very snarky. I feel like I didn’t know what a Slytherpuff looked like—until I watched Ali, that is! So, whether you’re a Slytherin, a Hufflepuff, a cross between the two, or neither, give Ali’s channel a look!

Liene’s Library

To me, Liene from Liene’s Library will always be another one of The Slytherin Booktubers—but in the best sort of way! Liene isn’t afraid to voice her thoughts and opinions, regardless of how popular they are. She’s blunt and unfiltered and full of sass and snark. Liene’s never one the shy away from being honest about what she thinks and she’s effing hilarious all along the way! If you’re looking for a brutally honest and hilariously blunt booktuber, Liene’s the one for you!

Thoughts on Tomes

I feel like everyone knows that Sam from Thoughts on Tomes is like booktube’s Slytherin queen! With her dark aesthetic and her love of even darker characters, Sam embodies the darkness of the overall Slytherin aesthetic. She’s a big fan of villains, antiheroes, and morally gray characters and she never shies away from divulging her true thoughts on books. I’d direct anyone looking for a good Slytherin book recommendation to Sam’s channel.

Riley Marie

Riley Marie wins the award for Most Sarcastic Slytherin Booktuber—but I love her for it! She always has something snarky to say and she never hides her feelings about books. I’ve watched Riley Marie since 2015 and I think in that period of time she’s only managed to become even more Slytherin-esque! I know if I want a good, Slytherin-ish time, I can count on Riley Marie!

So that’s all I got for Slytherin booktubers! I hope you had a good time and found some new booktubers who you might love! I love watching booktube and I find it super fun sorting my faves, so I’m so happy to bring some of that to you! Don’t forget to tell me all about your thoughts in the comments! Until next time!

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  • Do you agree with my recommendations?
  • Are there any booktubers you love to watch who you think are Slytherins?
  • Who are some booktubers that YOU think Slytherins would enjoy watching?
  • Who are your favorite booktubers?

Potter Week Day 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Guys. I had a major realization yesterday. I haven’t reread Harry Potter since I was 11. To give you some perspective, I am 21. I haven’t reread the series in 10 years! I think I’m due for a reread! I do have the entire series on audiobook, but one major thing keeps me from listening to them all: they’re all on cassette tapes! And I got rid of my cassette tape player a long time ago as it broke. And I don’t want to buy the entire series on audiobook again from Audible as a) they’re exorbitantly priced and b) I’m not wasting my credits buying audiobooks I’ve already listened to and own. You may be thinking, “Lila, why don’t you just read the physical books???” Well, my friend, let me tell you! My physical books are falling apart. That’s right. I read them so much they literally fell apart. So they’re missing huge chunks of pages. Forgive me, I was young and did not know how to treat books well! So my HP reread is kinda doomed. Oh, well. *sigh* Such is life sometimes.

Anyways, on to the main topic of today. The above paragraph was basically one big long excuse to say, “Forgive me if my Potter knowledge is a tad rusty.” Why should my Potter knowledge matter? Because Shivalika at Whimsy Journals tagged me for Potter week! So join me while I recount some of my fondest memories of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

Potter Week Day 5

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Favorite Character:

Luna Lovegood

[credit goes to the artist (who is not me)]

To be totally honest, Luna Lovegood has an incredibly special place in my heart because she was the first character I ever seriously related to. Like myself, Luna is incredibly smart and sees things beyond their surface value. But what sets Luna apart is her unwavering belief in the unseen and her ability to open her mind to the possibility of the impossible in order to find the truth. This makes her a target for bullies as she is seen as a weirdo who believes the impossible. Which is exactly like me and is why Luna has always been and will always be one of my all time favorite characters.

Favorite Scene:

Dumbledore’s Army Trains

My favorite scenes in Order of the Phoenix were always the Dumbledore’s Army training scenes which took place in The Room of Requirement. I think part of why I loved it was the idea that all of these teens from different houses and different walks of life came together to work as a team and lend their own individual skills to a greater cause. That was just a great moment of togetherness that I always loved. Plus, it seemed like s much fun too, so that helped!

Favorite Trio Moment:

Reunion at The Gaunt House

I always really liked the reunion scenes when it came to the trio. They were always just such great moments of love and friendship. I like that in this book, we get to see the trio reunite in a wholly new place that they have to kind of learn the ropes of, that was pretty neat!

Favorite Object:

The Prophecies

I LOVE the prophecies! Just all of the history behind them and the idea that they’re captured in these orbs that the Ministry keeps “on file”! They”re just so mysterious. I’d love to learn more of the history and love behind them!

Favorite Spell:

???

I actually don’t have a favorite spell that’s specifically from Order of the Phoenix. I can’t remember learning any new spells from the book. How about this! You guys tell me in the comments what new spells you learned in Order and what they do and which one is your favorite!

Favorite Creature:

Phoenix

Okay, so I know the phoenix seems like an obvious, cop out choice, but I swear to you it’s not! The phoenix actually has great meaning to me as my middle name actually means phoenix and the mystical bird is my chosen patronus. The legend of the phoenix has also always brought me great hope and courage in times of struggle and so I love it very much.

Favorite Quote:

This quote from Luna Lovegood is such a great one (a direct quote that was taken from the book and made it into the movie). I have lost many things and many people in my life and so the idea that they are always with us and can never be truly lost is very comforting to me. So these wise words from Ms. Lovegood are truly a gem to me!

My Take | On The Great Pottermore Crisis: A Divergent’s Take

I know, I know. I mixed fandoms in my header but what can you do?

Anyhoo!

So the HP fandom has exploded recently over the Pottermore sorting quiz going back online. Why is this a big deal? Well Pottermore is giving members the chance to either reclaim their old house or retake the sorting quiz. A lot of people took the second option and retook the sorting quiz and…Well…let’s just say a lot of people are now really confused.

See a lot of people are getting resorted into different houses than they were originally sorted into. You can see the problem.

Now I’m not unfamiliar with this problem. My first Pottermore account sorted me into Slytherin. BUT! I lost all the info for that account and had to rejoin Pottermore and was then sorted into Gryffindor. On a side note, non-Pottermore quizzes always sorted me into  Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Some called me confused. But I think another fandom came up with a better name for what I am: Divergent.

im-divergent

But seriously. Maybe I just don’t fit into one category. And you know what? Maybe I don’t want to. I want to be smart and brave and kind and ambitious. And maybe I am. Or maybe I’m only one or two of those things (who knows which). But I don’t like the idea of limiting myself to just one.

And in an age in which J.K. Rowling herself has acknowledged the existence of so called “hybrid houses” that’s a possibility. In fact, I think the existence of hybrid houses justifies being sorted into two separate houses (or three or four, in my case). And maybe that’s not a bad thing. Maybe that just means you’re well rounded.

How can this happen though? Maybe it is, to quote a great wizard, “our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our ability.”