Wrap Up: Filling the Harry Potter Void

That’s it, the end of our month on Harry Potter. :’(

Yes, we’re pretty upset too. No coma like a Potter coma, but we wanted to leave you with a few other book recs that might help you cope with your post-Harry-Potter slump.

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I know, I know, doubling up on DWJ. This book, however, is a classic that you must read. Magic, mayhem, a talking scarecrow, and a girl that must overcome a curse by the Witch of the Waste–what more could you ask for? - A

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Near the edge of Kasia’s village, a sinister forrest keeps trying to abduct villagers. The Dragon, the sorcerer that protects the valley from The Wood, picks one girl to lock in his tower every ten years–and this time it’s Kasia. Follow Kasia’s journey as she discovers her own powers and must face down The Wood. Best fantasy book I have read in 2016. - K

Matilda by Roald Dahl

I love Matilda. She’s a girl who loves books and uses her love of words with a dose of magic to overcome a tyrannical principal. Also, if you ever get the chance to see the Broadway production, do it. - A

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Bealey

Adorable, charming, and magical, Circus Mirandus will steal your heart. Think The Night Circus for kids. And Cassie Beasley is just as charming and wonderful as her writing. - K

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Kendra will probably say this one is a stretch, but I love this book. It’s about a magical, matriarchal family that lives down the street from the protagonist. This story took my brain, scrambled it around, and left me wanting more. - A 

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Though it has “princess” in the title, the book isn’t about tiaras and floofy dresses. In classic Shannon Hale style, Princess Academy tells the story of independent young women coming into their own–with just the right amount of magic. - K

Ahhh! This is too sad! We know just the way to cheer us up–next month’s theme, Southern Literature. That’s right, next month is all about Autumn’s wheelhouse. Now we don’t want to give anything away, but you can find some extra tidbits in advance if you head over and join our group on Goodreads. In our group, we reveal the two works of Southern literature that we’ll be discussing in depth later in September, so you won’t want to miss that latest news!