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When I first saw 11 Books All Harry Potter Fans Must Read flash across my Facebook feed, I was skeptical. Still, morbid curiosity is one of my more prominent personality traits, so I clicked. This Potterhead was surprisingly happy with the results. I was expecting a list of cheesy teen fiction and instead got a really well considered list. Yes, some of these books are geared towards a younger audience and probably will make for more of a fun afternoon read than a real page turning experience, but some are fairly compelling. I have not read all of the books on this list, but I have read more than half, which tells me that this article and I are on the same page.
Two of my favorite books actually made the cut. One, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs. I know it’s a movie. Read the books. All of them. They’re amazing and I actually felt really engrossed by the stories. If you have a busy week but are spending a lot of time commuting, this book is available on Audible, too.
Next, The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson. I’ve been reading and re-reading this book since I was a child. The author has another book called Which Witch? and it is truly amazing. Eva Ibbotson was a gift to the literary world and grossly underrated. She wrote many children/young adult novels and several adult novels as well. She was also one of the authors who had the strongest case against J.K. Rowling for plagiarism due to the noticeable similarities between Harry Potter and The Secret of Platform 13 and chose not to pursue it. Ibbotson instead said that all authors borrow from each other and she would like to shake Jo’s hand. A true class act. If you do nothing else in the next few days, go to Amazon, your local library or your neighborhood bookstore and pick up both The Secret of Platform 13 and Which Witch? Audio options for The Secret of Platform 13 is also The Secret of Platform 13. If your soul does not feel nourished when you’re done reading them then you can come back and yell at me, but it means there is probably little hope left for you and I’m not likely to listen.
ANYWAYS. If the rest of the books on this list are even half as good as the ones I already love then it’s a really solid line-up. I personally plan to go read the rest and report back. I encourage you to do the same because I’d really love to know if I’m the only one who gets this excited over youth novels.