Ok, I know this is probably the hundredth list of recommendations you’ve seen “for fans of Harry Potter,” but bear with me here. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is such a fabulously magical story (in every sense of the word) that falls under that list and I need to highlight how accurate that suggestion is for the blog tour!
I’m often skeptical of Harry Potter recommendation lists because they’re so overdone and usually just feature books that have magic (and not much else in common). Maybe they’ll add a young boy saving the world or some funny creatures, but most of those elements don’t really get at the heart of what Harry Potter’s about for me. (And we all love the wizarding world for different reasons, so if the basic magic element is what you want then that’s awesome and you’ll have a ton of options).
To me, Harry Potter is about finding a group of friends who become your family. It’s about a sense of home/belonging, possibility, and a whole assortment of different characters with strong personalities. The characters are what make the story. My favorite scenes in the books are honestly the ones where everyone’s just sitting around in the common room or eating in the Great Hall. Obviously I ADORE THE MAGIC. But there’s more.
So when I say a book kind of feels like Harry Potter, I mean you can really get invested in the friendships of a core group of characters who happen to be in a super detailed, creative world. A lot of these books I’m recommending might not seem anything like Harry Potter at first glance (meaning they don’t scream “magical kids fight evil!”), but they’re ones I think a lot of Harry Potter fans would enjoy:
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
- The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
- Most books by Sarah J Maas
- The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
You’ve probably read at least one on here, so if you liked that then who knows… maybe you’ll love Akata Witch and some others!
Akata Witch Description
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi’s books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website, http://www.nnedi.com.
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