Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is for our top books in a setting of our choice. As I have mentioned on many occasions, I love a good boarding school setting, so here are ten that spring to mind…
It’s hard to mention literary boarding schools without mentioning Harry Potter, so here’s his obligatory mention for Hogwarts.
I know lots of people say this is “Harry Potter for adults” but it’s really a homage to Narnia. OK, Brakebills might technically be a college too but it’s along the same lines.
Hailsham is rather a sinister school but the opening chapters have all the hallmarks of a classic, English boarding school…just with something creepy going on that we can’t quite put our fingers on.
Evensong is another slightly mysterious school, one that was introduced earlier in the Rizzoli and Isles series, with connections to the equally mysterious Mephisto Club.
It’s scary enough living away from home for the first time without having a mental breakdown. The boarding school provides an excellent setting for this tense, psychological thriller.
I adored The Worst Witch when I was a kid (way before Harry Potter was even a twinkle in JK’s eyes). I always wanted to attend Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches!
I loved how well the American in London trope was handled in this supernatural story based in a school in Whitechapel.
I’m starting to think boarding schools are not the safest place to be; there’s a missing girl and a spooky forest on the edge of Crofton College.
Cimmeria Academy is so so central to this series and no it’s not got vampires or magic in it. Though, once again, boarding school does not equal away from harm…
Beautiful, beautiful book with so many layers. Set in the 70s, there’s magic and a lot of classic sci-fi, but most importantly (for today at least) a girl struggling to live a boarding school life.
Are there any you would add to this list?
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