Top Ten Tuesday | Books Set in Boarding Schools

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in Boarding Schools

This week’s topic is a back-to-school freebie so we decided to do: Books Set in Boarding Schools. We decided to place them in order of least-to-most favorite.


  10. Fallen by Lauren Kate – This angel book is set in a boarding school you couldn’t pay me to walk into. The whole place is full of people with mental issues and juvenile delinquents. Then add in the ridiculous storyline and you have my least favorite boarding school book.


9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro While this is a gorgeous and heartbreaking book, I never want to attend a school that is training people to give up their organs later on in life.


8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Okay, historical boarding schools…. Sounds great, right? But the whole finishing school aspect has us going “Nope.” We like being unfinished ladies, personally.


7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Ok, so we love these guys, but living in a world where Ronan’s dream creatures can come to life is not on my list of things to do.


6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – The Chronicles of Narnia meets Harry Potter? Magical graduate school? Brakebills is a *NOT* what my grad school experience was like! But I made it out alive which I feel isn’t a guarantee for Quentin and the gang.


5. Vampire Academy  by Richelle Mead A school of magic sounds pretty amazing, but as much as I am a night owl, I don’t think I want ALL of my classes to be at night.


4. The Unearthly & Rhapsodic series by Laura Thalassa – Okay, you had us at Isle of Mann and castle. Sign us UP!


3. House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast – This story is basically vampire Harry Potter and I dig it. Sure, I never finished it but I fully admit wishing I went to this school! Plus, I’m all about boarding schools that let you have cats.


2. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – I 100% want to go here and play crime detective with Stevie. Plus hanging out in the Vermont mountains is not exactly a hardship.


1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Duh. Would a list even exist for us without Harry Potter? And obviously it’s our favorite boarding school setting. I mean who didn’t hope they’d get their Hogwarts letter?

Have you read any of these? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

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32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books Set in Boarding Schools

  1. Obviously I read Harry Potter but I also read Fallen and House of Night. I do like the boarding school aspect but I’ll probably never read Fallen and House of Night again. Those books were good then but I wouldn’t like them now.

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