Top Ten Boarding School Books

Posted August 30, 2016 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Tuesday: Back To School Freebie

I really love this week’s topic – it’s awesome getting to choose something ‘school-ish’ to reflect the fact that summer is almost over (well, it is actually over for kids here in Sunny Scotland – they went back to school last week!) and my favourite season is almost upon us.

Despite the fact that this time of year always used to mean a return to school, Autumn has always been my favourite time of year. I prefer the cooler weather (I’m weird, I know!) and the return to cozy reading conditions. I always read far less in the summer – not sure why that is; but there you go!

I actually had a lot of ideas for this topic but I finally settled on some of my favourite books/series set in boarding schools. I always wanted to go to boarding school – probably because I spent a lot of time reading about them! I decided to split the list into some of my favourites from childhood/young-adulthood and books I read later on in life (because, I’m like WAY old these days). 😉

Top Ten Boarding School Books


Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton: Probably the very first boarding school series I ever read. I was so taken with this series and wanted to have adventures alongside Darrell, Sally, Mary-Lou and the rest of the gang.

Trebizon series by Anne Digby: I remember reading and loving this series though I cannot for the life of me recall anything about the plot or characters!

To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield: One of my most-cherished books of all-time. The story is fantastic and the characters are incredible. Seriously, if you want to read a book with a boarding school setting this is the one to read. I cannot recommend it enough.

The Chalet School series by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer: I was addicted to this series as a youngster (and there are many, many books to more to get stuck into so it’s a win/win).

St Clare’s series by Enid Blyton: This was an earlier series than Malory Towers but it was no less enjoyable. Great characters and just a fun set of books to read. It always made me want to attend a midnight feast, that’s for sure!


Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: No list would be complete without Harry Potter! If you haven’t already read this series, what are you waiting for???

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: I credit this series with getting me back into reading YA (well, that and Twilight but I’m not going to go there today!). It’s just such an involving series. The spin-off series Bloodlines is also pretty good too.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: This book has two intertwining storylines covering different periods of time at the boarding school on the Jellicoe Road. It’s a hard book to describe but it is absolutely captivating.

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins: Well, really just the first and third book count as boarding school stories really. The books are just adorable and fluffy reads.

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater: Gotta love those Aglionby boys. 😉


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6 responses to “Top Ten Boarding School Books

  1. Yes! I LOVE books that take place in schools and I’ve only read a few on your list! Thank you for the recommendation 🙂 I’m going to read the Raven cycle first…

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