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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

TTT: Book settings

Top Ten Tuesday: Some of my favorite books set almost exclusively at a school.

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Hogwarts is such a magical setting.It really is a character itself.

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green. Set in a boarding school. All the characters rub off on each other, for good and bad.

3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Also set in a boarding school. This book is hilarious about Frankie trying to join an all-boys club.

4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl transforms a whole school with her positive and kind ways.

5. Espionage and Etiquette by Gail Carriger. The finishing school teaches students to finish everything, including death, diversions, and espionage.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Set in a college, Cath has to learn how to write fanfiction AND be a good roommate, girlfriend, sister, and daughter. That's a lot of pressure.

7. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard. Sent to a boarding school after a horrifying experience at her old school, Emily has to do the work to help herself overcome depression. She does it with the help of Emily Dickinson's poems.

8. Paper Covers Rock also by Jenny Hubbard. Alex can't save his boarding friend school from drowning. Now he feels like he is drowning, too.

9. Matilda by Road Dahl. Thank goodness for Miss Honey, Matilda's teacher at school.

10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Auggie finds acceptance and love from his classmates, something new to him since his face is so disfigured. This book is VERY inspiring.

What are your favorite books set in a school?



  1. I liked Espionage and Etiquette and really need to read the rest of the series 😊

  2. I loved Fangirl. And I definitely need to read more of E Lockhart.

  3. "Whistling Season" by Ivan Doig is up there. I wasn't as crazy about the HP books that weren't much at Hogwarts. (a few of the later ones)

    1. Whistling Season. Of course. It should be on the list.

  4. Boarding schools sound like so much fun. I'm sure they're not as fun as they are in books though.

  5. I hadn't realized that so many modern books were set in schools. Interesting!

    My TTT.

  6. I love the whole Finishing School series. So much fun!

  7. Oh my, I loved so many of the books on your list. Some of my favorite childhood books were the Enid Blyton books set in a British boarding school (and now my niece attends that school!).

  8. For school-set novels: I'd say The Secret History and Never Let Me Go. Wowsa.

  9. I REALLY need to give Gail's books a chance; always love the boarding school angle as a setting for characters, so I'm hopeful that I'd enjoy these! :)


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