I'm currently reading Vita Nostra, because it was recommended as "like Harry Potter, if Harry Potter were written by Tolstoy." That was enough for me to actually buy it, because the Kindle edition was cheap and it probably wasn't available at the library.
Turns out it's nothing like Tolstoy. Tolstoy, as many of you probably already know, loves his characters. (At least most of them.)
This is like Harry Potter, if Hogwarts had been created and run by Gendo Ikari, and Gendo were Russian.