Us Potterheads are very obsessed with our Hogwarts Houses.
From my first time reading the series, when I thought I was definitely a Gryffindor just like Harry, to a few years ago when I decided I was a Ravenclaw, to taking the Pottermore test and realizing Hufflepuff is where my heart is, I’ve always loved having House pride and hearing what houses other readers were.
Nowadays that the stereotype of the Houses only being good, bad, smart, and kind have (I think? I hope?) been mostly abolished, it’s even more fun to do everything House-oriented. Buy merch! Put it in your bio! Create an aesthetic for your House! Shout it from the rooftops! And, most importantly, give book recommendations based on your House. 😉
Today I’m going to be sharing five book recommendations based on the Hufflepuff House (#puffpride) and I’m so excited to be posting this alongside three other bloggers I love and admire, Charis, Kelly, and Xandra. Kudos to Charis for putting this all together and finding Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Hufflepuff (that’s me) bloggers to share recommendations for their House!
I will be linking all the other posts at the end of this post so you can also go read a list of recommendations for each of the other Houses! I really hope you go read them and see all the incredible recommendations each blogger has brought to the table.
Before I get started, I just wanted to give a quick disclaimer that this is not the first time I’ve seen this post done! I think House-based recommendations are a fairly common topic, so if you’ve done this and I use some of the same books as you, that is definitely purely accidental and rest assured I don’t have a good enough memory to copy anyone’s post, like, ever. Some books are just so Hufflepuff-esque that I’m sure they show up on rec lists all the time.
Without any more of me talking, let’s get right into the recommendations!
An artistic main character with a quirky sense of style? A spring break trip to Tokyo to reunite with estranged family members? A soft, thoughtful boy? This pastel cover? This book screams Hufflepuff to me.
I Love You So Mochi is just as adorable as its title (us Hufflepuffs love a good pun) and I honestly couldn’t help but make audible “aww” noises when I was reading this book. I think the cover really captures the true of essence of the story, which is a soft, loving, sweet tale of a girl finding her path in life and establishing relationships along the way.
The descriptions of all the clothes Kimi designed were amazing, her grandparents were actually adorable (I mean, her grandpa was so enthralled with email he admitted he sometimes emailed his wife from the other room just to say hi, can you get any cuter), the setting was gorgeous, and I loved the addition of the love interest. This is a perfect Hufflepuff read for sure.
To me, Emmy & Oliver is so quintessentially Hufflepuff because at its heart, it’s about friendship. It’s about finding your way back to someone, realizing you both have grown up, but also seeing that your friendship didn’t go away.
Hufflepuffs are loyal, we’re kind, we stick by our friends and offer hugs when things get rough and even when things aren’t rough at all
we just like hugs. Emmy and Oliver went through so many trials in their young lifes, but they found friendship even when things seemed broken.
I also see this book as being very Hufflepuff because it’s soft but powerful, quiet but beautiful. It is the opposite of a loud book, but that doesn’t make it any less impactful and didn’t mean I cared about the characters or the outcome of the story any less.
Okay, I know this one is probably one of the most frequently talked about Hufflepuff books, but I have to include it, because is it even a Hufflepuff book list if you don’t talk about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?
Lara Jean likes to bake. She likes to stay at home on Friday night and read. She likes the vintage vibe. (Look at her room on the cover, for goodness sake.) She prefers to hang out with her sisters over going to parties. She’s a hopeless romantic who writes letters to the boys that she likes. If she isn’t a Hufflepuff character, then I don’t know who is.
I think this book (and the movie, for that matter) is so wonderfully Hufflepuff and Lara Jean’s shy, bookish, romantic self is someone I can relate to so much. It’s the perfect Puff aesthetic™ and never fails to remind me that it’s okay to be quietly beautiful in your own way.
If you thought I was going to be able to go this whole post without mentioning at least one Emma Mills book, well, you would be wrong. I really wanted to talk about them all but I do have at least half an ounce of self control left. I decided the *most* Hufflepuff of her books was Famous in a Small Town.
Even just thinking about this book fills my heart with joy and puts a smile on my face. Emma Mills’s books are like getting a warm hug and even after I’ve finished them, it’s almost like they’re still hugging me.
This book is no different. With its incredibly wholesome friendship group (we get to see their group chat!! and they’re crazy but so close and it’s beautiful!!), the softest boy whose name is August (he reads books to his baby nieces with accents for each character and he also has strong opinions about lasagna), and truly hilarious dialogue.
Underneath it all were layers of loyalty, friendship, and love, and that’s what Hufflepuff is all about at the end of the day.
The amount of love I have for A Thousand Perfect Notes is absurd. I’m so grateful the blogosphere exists because otherwise I never would have read it (twice, because I’ve reread it already and have owned it for barely over a year).
Even though it’s heartbreaking, it’s heartbreakingly beautiful, and I think that’s the part about it that would appeal to a Hufflepuff. I know I love a good cry every once in a while, and sometimes it’s important to know those emotions are there waiting to be untapped.
Plus, there is the MOST precious cinnamon roll of a character named Beck and he’s awkward and sweet and absolutely perfect and I think he’s definitely a Hufflepuff.
There’s music, friendship, cake, romance, and if that isn’t a recipe for a book designed specifically to break a Hufflepuff’s heart (but also put them back together again?) then I don’t know what is. I couldn’t recommend it more!
I truly hope this list could give you some book recommendations and (hopefully?) grow your TBR even more. Since being a Hufflepuff is such a key characteristic of my personality, I absolutely loved getting to explore the presence of Hufflepuff-ism in books that I love. Turns out, a lot of my favorite books give me Hufflepuff vibes, and now that I think about it more, that makes a lot of sense.
Even if you’re not a Hufflepuff, I hope you’ll give some of these books a chance! Of course, you don’t have to be a Puff to want to read books about soft boys and friendship and baking. That’s the great thing about Houses- yes, you belong to one or two or maybe more, but parts of you relate to all of the others as well.
Please don’t forget to go read the other three posts in this collab to satisfy your Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Gryffindor recommendation needs! And also just because they’re lovely and you should read their posts.
- Gryffindor Recs ❤️- Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
- Ravenclaw Recs 💙- Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall
- Slytherin Recs 💚- Charis @ Charis Rae
Thank you so much to these wonderful bloggers for collaborating with me, and thank you to all of you for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed and that you’re all having an amazing week, and that this added some much needed Harry Potter happiness to your day.
What’s your Hogwarts house? Have you read any of these books? Do they give you Hufflepuff vibes? Are you a sucker for soft boys? I’d love to chat with you in the comments.