Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Set At A Boarding School

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Top Ten Books Set At A Boarding School

This week, we got to pick our top ten books in any setting we wanted, and looking through the books I’ve read on goodreads, I noticed that I’ve read a lot of books set in boarding school (plus a bunch set at private schools).  I knew I had to go for it, and even though a lot of the books are paranormal/fantasy, I knew I had to stick with boarding schools.

  1. A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.  I love this Victorian-era fantasy set in a boarding school for young women.  There’s magic and mystery at this school, and it’s a pretty awesome read.
  2. Harry Potter.  Because no list focusing on boarding schools are complete without it.  Also: it’s a magic school in the U.K., and you can’t go wrong with that.
  3. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  My reasons for putting this on the list is basically for the same reason as HP, it would be an incomplete list without it.  And it’s set in Paris, which makes it more amazing.
  4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  I initially thought the 1st book was okay, but I warmed up to the series after seeing the movie.  I’m glad I gave it another chance because it’s a boarding school for vampires, and it is a pretty fun series.
  5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.  It’s set in floating boarding school where young girls get trained in the art of espionage.  It’s really fun!
  6. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.  It’s a magical boarding school, that also happens to be a reform school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries.  It’s just as fun as Etiquette & Espionage but in a different way.
  7. The School For Good & Evil by Soman Chainani.  It’s a boarding school where fairy tales begin, and it’s definitely a cool take on fairy tales.
  8. The Dreaming by Queenie Chan.  This manga is set in a boarding school in Australia, and it has this whole gothic feel to it.
  9. Wander Dust by Michelle Warren.  This book is set at a boarding school, where the students learn how to travel in time.
  10. Private by Kate Brian.  I’ve only read the first book in this series, and at some point, I do want to finish the series, but there’s definitely a lot of mystery and drama going on at this school.
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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Set At A Boarding School

  1. Great list and choice of location! YES! Harry Potter must be on any list mentioning a boarding school. I don’t know if I would have done well at one at such a young age. Etiquette & Espionage sounds interesting. Adding it to my TBR! 🙂

    • Etiquette And Espionage is a fun book! I don’t know that I would have done well at a boarding school at a young age either, and it’s hard not to have Harry Potter on a list of books set in a boarding school!

  2. I would love to go to Harry Potter world, VA, and to Paris! Because Anna and the French kiss is one of my favourite book too. Great list!
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  3. I absolutely love books that are set at a boarding school, maybe because I’ve always wanted to go to one myself. I haven’t read quite a few of these but knowing they take place at a boarding school, I’m definitely going to. Anna and the French kiss is probably my favorite though, and I’m totally envious that they’re going to a boarding school in Paris!

    • I’m definitely envious that they’re going to a boarding school in Paris too! I’ve always loved the idea of going, but that ship has definitely sailed. At least I get to experience it through books!

  4. I did a school/college setting this week too and Anna made my list as well! And yes, of course Harry Potter would make the list haha. I’ve heard good things about Vampire Academy but I don’t know, I feel like I’ve had my fill of vampires. I may try it at some point.
    Great list 🙂

  5. Great Top Ten! I also loved the Vampire Academy Series! I think I only gave the first book three stars, but the books got better as the series went on. I didn’t like the movie at all, I think it was poorly done, but everyone has different tastes! 😀 My Top Ten Tuesday!

    • It’s funny, because I read the 1st Vampire Academy and thought it was okay, but the movie is what made me give the series another chance. It definitely got better as the series went on.

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