Top Ten Tuesday: 5 Novels set in Boarding School

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is, surprise surprise, a back to school free-for-all. I interpreted this prompt as novels set in schools, actually now that I look at my list, all of them are set in boarding schools! Read on for five books set in boarding schools that I highly recommend.


The Magicians by Lev Grossman 

Why: This is like a grungy adult version of the Harry Potter series, where finding out that magic exists doesn't make all of your other problems just disappear. It's the first in a trilogy and definitely one of my favorite books of all time.


Why: So I read this one years ago, but I remember it being a fun, YA read. It's set in a secret agent boarding school, so how could it not be fun?


Why: It took me ages to actually read this novel, but when I did, I wondered why I had waited so long. It's interesting, odd, and all together an enjoyable read.


The Secret Place by Tana French

Why: You have probably heard me fangirl about Tana French before-- she is, hands down, my favorite murder mystery author of all times. This novel, which is technically part of a really loosely defined series, centers on a group of friends who go to a boarding school where a murder takes place.


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Why: Okay, I admit, this one is a little bit of a stretch as the entire book is not set in school. However, this dystopian memoir does spend time talking about growing up in school, so I thought I would add it to the list. It is my friend's absolute most favorite novel-- my feelings were a bit more tangled than that. However, it is a hauntingly beautiful book and well worth the read.

What about you? Have you read any of these novels? If so, what did you think??


  1. Never Let Me Go is sooooo good. And the school aspect is a central part of it, so I think it should count :)

    1. Haha thanks! Yeah, it's my friend's absolutely most favorite book. I enjoyed it...but I also found it really frustrating (but maybe that's not a bad thing?)

  2. I love a good boarding school read. I need to read The Magicians (I've only seen S1 of the show), and Miss Peregrine's looks like a great choice! Also I've heard really good things about Tana French, and she's on my list of authors to try soon. Love the sound of The Secret Place!

    1. You do need to give The Magicians a try! I haven't watched the series on Netflix yet. I think everyone and their mother should read Tana French-- I adore her writing style, and I think she is highly skilled at developing characters.

  3. I've only read one of Tana French's books - Into the Woods - but I really liked it. I need to pick up more of her stuff!

    Here is our TTT.

    1. Oooo I loved Into the Woods! I made my friend recently read it and she found it frustrating, but beautifully written.

  4. I've bought Peculiar Children and I can't wait to read it! Great list!

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    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Ooo I hope you enjoy it!
      Thanks :)

  5. I need to read The Magicians, it sounds so good!
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