Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in a School Surrounding | LibroLiv

The ‘back to school’ time period has commenced, I may as well jump on the bandwagon…

It’s Tuesday Tuesday, gotta make lists on Tuesday.

“Top Ten Tuesday” is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s prompt is:

Top Ten Books With X Setting

Thus, I decided my ‘X’ would be schools, what with school looming over all of us. There’s only 3 weeks left to my summer, guys. I’m clinging on.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I figured I’d just get this one out of the way. Harry Potter is set in a wizard-inhabited boarding school, and it’s pretty darn good.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I can just no longer mention Harry Potter without mentioning Carry On. I know, it’s a problem. But I’ll tell you what isn’t a problem: this book. This book is awesome.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Speaking of Rainbow Rowell… I recently reread this book, and the school setting is so important. Without it, the book would just flop. I love seeing Cath acclimatise to college, and actually enjoy reading about her school routine. I know, I’m a nerd.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I mean, should I just talk about every book Rainbow Rowell has ever written?

Though not orbiting a school the students live at, Eleanor & Park transpires whilst the protagonists are in high school, said school playing an important part in their relationship. I love that this book talks about the negative side of school – the bullying and the prejudices – whist also bringing people together because of it.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book is another boarding school choice, but is that little bit more exotic, because it is set in Paris. I love this book, and the location really makes it stand out for me.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

This choice is a little out of the box, but the beginning is a school setting, albeit a disturbing one. This is a good choice if you’re looking for a book with a school setting, but with a darker twist.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This book is so important. In writing this book in letters, Chbosky gives us unadulterated access to a high school student’s mind, Charlie, portraying his growth and experiences during high school in a really honest fashion. Definitely recommend.

Looking for Alaska by John Green


I always forget this book is set in a school! This is another boarding school book, but is so great, because it illustrates more of a rural boarding school in the Deep South. It’s much more relaxed, but still involves strict teachers, which the characters really play off on.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The protagonists in this book are all in high school, the teenage male protagonists all being at Aglionby Academy, a private school. Though much of this series takes place during summer or away from school, the idea of school and growing up plays a really important role.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This book is more about relationships at school than anything else to do with school, especially how we grow away from people during our school journey. I also love how this book discusses the different types of people at school, and how cruel some people can be, yet how accommodating others can be.

Thank you for reading! Which is your favourite book set in a school surrounding? Are any of your choices the same as mine?

Keep an eye out for more Top Ten Tuesday posts from me!

Until next time, and to keep up with my reading as it happens, find me on Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Olivia x


One thought on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in a School Surrounding | LibroLiv

  1. Great list! You can’t talk about books at school without mentioning Harry Potter, right? It’s like, THE ULTIMATE school dream of all! ❤ I've also heard that Carry On has a bit of similar story line as HP, is that why people say it's a problem? I also would love to go to SOAP, it's like the school to find love with Ettienne and Josh there 😛 also, Aglionby!

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