Hermione Granger is the queen who showed us that bossing boys around is cool, you should raise your hand so much it's annoying, and there's nothing better than a good book. Ms. Granger is a huge bookworm and an inspiration to all of us readers, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of books that I think she would enjoy reading. Unfortunately, most of the books Hermione loves are not available at a non-magical library (tears), which is why every book on this list is 100% Muggle safe. You're welcome.
1. Women of Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Hermione is a pretty fierce role model in her own right so it makes sense that she would want to know all about the fabulous women who came before her. Rachel Ignotofsky describes 50 bold women who broke rules, shattered stereotypes, and changed modern life as we know it.
2. The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef
Can you honestly see Hermione skipping out on an epic classic like Jane Eyre? C'mon. And because she always has to know everything about everything, I think she'd adore this insightful and tragic biography of three women who continue to shape literature and capture readers today.
“At least no one on the Gryffindor team had to buy their way in, They got in on pure talent.” ~Hermione Granger
3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
You'll find Granger bent over books about every historical event you think of, even tragic Muggle ones. John Boyne's book is beautiful and raw, choosing to recount terrible tales to which words cannot do justice through the eyes of an innocent young boy. This book will capture your heart and stomp all over it. You will not finish this book the same person as you were before.
“If being good at Divination means I have to pretend to see death omens in a lump of tea leaves, I’m not sure I’ll be studying it much longer!” ~Hermione Granger
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I can definitely see Hermione curled up in front of the Gryffindor common room fire savoring this book. Morgenstern's rich prose, vivid imagery, and breathtaking suspense will take you on a wild ride of romance and fantasy. Once you finish, I guarantee you'll immediately start reading it again.
5. Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
This charming novel will enchant even the pickiest of readers! Sofarende is at war and Mathilde knows her family is subject to constant violence and hunger where they live. Word spreads that the army is recruiting children. If Mathilde can pass an exam, she'll be whisked off to a mysterious boarding school and save her family. But at what cost?
“Ron, you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.” ~Hermione Granger
6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
We all know Hermione is "the brightest witch of her age," so of course she'd be drawn to this poignant, thought-invoking read about a farm of animals who overthrow the farmer. Don't pass this book by because you only like "modern" books. Orwell's timeless words shapes, inspires, and raises independent thinkers. A must-read!
“I’ve learned all the course books by heart of course. I just hope it will be enough— I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?” ~Hermione Granger
7. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Beautiful, tragic, and touching. A basic human requirement for everyone to read.
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Hermione is never one to shy away from important and controversial issues. She even founded SPEW, a society to protect the rights of house elves! I think she would love this bold book about two African American maids and one author who set out against prejudice. You can view my full review of the book here.
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