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Best Books Set in Boarding Schools

Members: 47 participating members (show all)

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1
10,475 members, 170 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: starbox (1), SylviaC (1), lquilter (1), staffordcastle (1), EmScape (1), merrystar (2), ahef1963 (2), Dilara86 (2), keristars (2), foggidawn (2), inge87 (3)6 more, MDGentleReader (4), elkiedee (7), daisy_may (22), guyalice, cej1027, norabelle414

Score: 55.59

2
96,839 members, 1,574 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)
3
1,419 members, 14 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (1), kageeh (1), Mr.Durick (1), souloftherose (2), starbox (2), avatiakh (2), thorold (2), lquilter (2), ahef1963 (3), keristars (4), raidergirl3 (14)1 more, guyalice

Thumbs down: aulsmith, lilithcat, _Zoe_

Score: 33.43

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I don't remember that much being in a boarding school.

CurrerBell (1): Only chapters five through nine (and to a degree also chapter ten) are the "boarding school chapters" at Lowood Institute, but they are so very memorable for Helen Burns (Charlotte's memorialization of her deceased eldest sister, Maria) as well as the villainous character of Miss Scatcherd. Far more realistic than anything Dickens ever did!… (more)

4
673 members, 20 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar (1), inge87 (2), _Zoe_ (2), avatiakh (3), SylviaC (3), souloftherose (5), CurrerBell (9), elkiedee (10), daisy_may (17), Soupdragon, guyalice

Score: 31.72

5
2,334 members, 83 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (1), kageeh (2), starbox (3), souloftherose (3), ahef1963 (4), avatiakh (8), elkiedee (9), merrystar (14), MDGentleReader, Herenya

Thumbs down: CurrerBell

Score: 26.68

Explanations:

CurrerBell (0): Jervis creeps me out -- he's a stalker!

6
1,452 members, 33 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: _Zoe_ (1), staffordcastle (2), foggidawn (3), avatiakh (5), merrystar (7), elkiedee (8), souloftherose (9), Herenya

Score: 23.05

7
5,519 members, 42 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2), starbox (4), lilithcat (5), ahef1963 (6), Dilara86 (6), foggidawn (7), merrystar (9), guyalice

Score: 21.42

8
427 members, 10 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (1), Chatterbox (1), kateferguson (2), SylviaC (5), starbox (7), MDGentleReader (8), elkiedee (12)

Score: 21.03

9
1,579 members, 33 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: dara85 (3), kageeh (4), SylviaC (4), inge87 (5), aulsmith (5), lilithcat (6), thorold (10), guyalice

Thumbs down: CurrerBell

Score: 19.53

Explanations:

CurrerBell (0): Too mushy and sentimental for my personal taste. Also, I much prefer novels that focus on the students rather than on the teachers.

10
12,655 members, 631 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: ijustgetbored (1), SqueakyChu (2), dara85 (5), avatiakh (6), ahef1963 (7), raidergirl3 (8), foggidawn (9)

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 17.74

11
4,597 members, 143 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (1), kageeh (3), dara85 (6), raidergirl3 (7), elkiedee (13), Soupdragon

Score: 17.2

12
720 members, 17 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), elkiedee (1), CurrerBell (2), souloftherose (4), starbox (6)

Score: 16.75

13
578 members, 10 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (2), elkiedee (6), starbox (8), SylviaC (8), souloftherose (10), Herenya

Score: 15.75

14
559 members, 11 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (1), SylviaC (2), _Zoe_ (3), foggidawn (5), ahef1963 (8)

Score: 15.46

15
11,100 members, 251 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: ijustgetbored (2), Dilara86 (3), aulsmith (4), ahef1963 (5), merrystar (10), norabelle414

Thumbs down: starbox

Score: 14.71

16
1,313 members, 20 reviews
3.23 stars (3.23 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), eromsted (1), Dilara86 (4), lilithcat (4), avatiakh (9), guyalice

Thumbs down: CurrerBell, thorold

Score: 14.64

Explanations:

thorold (0): The book that launched the genre, but too determinedly moral to be a good read

17
6,584 members, 116 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: keristars (1), CurrerBell (3), starbox (5), thorold (7), ahef1963 (10)

Score: 14.42

18
2,208 members, 200 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (1), anglemark (1), Herenya (2), aulsmith (7)

Score: 13.82

19
3,032 members, 160 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: _Zoe_ (4), CurrerBell (11), daisy_may (14), raidergirl3 (16), Herenya

Score: 11.92

20
15,124 members, 281 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: javagal (1), ijustgetbored (3), raidergirl3 (9), starbox (9)

Score: 11.66

21
31,979 members, 887 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (9), aulsmith (9), merrystar (11), raidergirl3 (12), CurrerBell (14)

Score: 11.03

22
1,318 members, 20 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (4), Dilara86 (5), norabelle414, Herenya

Score: 10.89

23
524 members, 26 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (2), souloftherose (11), elkiedee (11), CurrerBell (15), MDGentleReader

Thumbs down: merrystar

Score: 10.62

Explanations:

merrystar (0): I adore this book, but it is set at an orphanage, not a boarding school

24
1,064 members, 41 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (3), merrystar (5), souloftherose (6), ahef1963 (13)

Score: 10.38

25
668 members, 7 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: thorold (1), staffordcastle (3), aulsmith (6)

Score: 9.6

Explanations:

thorold (1): Shows that you can have a school story without a "big match"

26
16,951 members, 775 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (5), starbox (12), souloftherose (13), ahef1963 (14)

Score: 9

27
6,816 members, 535 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: ArcadiaLynn (1), aulsmith (8), norabelle414

Score: 8.93

28
8,361 members, 336 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: keristars (3), ijustgetbored (5), CurrerBell (7), norabelle414

Thumbs down: foggidawn

Score: 8.73

29
5,244 members, 225 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), cej1027, norabelle414

Score: 8.48

30
263 members, 7 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (2), Dilara86 (8), starbox (10)

Score: 7.99

31
654 members, 20 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: inge87 (4), SylviaC (6), MDGentleReader (6)

Score: 7.94

32
241 members, 7 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (3), kateferguson (5), daisy_may (19)

Score: 7.63

33
9,885 members, 145 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: kageeh (5), ahef1963 (11), guyalice

Score: 7.55

34
714 members, 12 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (7), CurrerBell (8), guyalice

Score: 7.51

35
243 members, 8 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: inge87 (6), thorold (9), souloftherose (14)

Score: 6.93

Explanations:

thorold (9): Set in a school, but mostly about the teachers and their families

36
584 members, 8 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (2), EmScape (2)

Score: 6.73

37
5,236 members, 72 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: thorold (8), starbox (11), souloftherose (12)

Score: 6.72

38
117 members, 2 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: kayclifton (1), CurrerBell (6)

Score: 6.56

39
412 members, 9 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), souloftherose (7)

Score: 6.46

40
1,516 members, 36 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (1), thorold (11)

Score: 6.2

41
108 members, 3 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (2), kateferguson (4)

Score: 6.19

42
5,852 members, 162 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), ijustgetbored (4)

Score: 5.87

43
30 members, 1 review
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (3), daisy_may (4)

Score: 5.87

44
492 members, 20 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), raidergirl3 (15)

Score: 5.4

45
227 members, 6 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4), dara85 (7)

Score: 5.29

46
267 members, 10 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (11), Soupdragon

Score: 5.24

47
622 members, 11 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: lquilter (3), ahef1963 (12)

Score: 5.19

48
62 members, 1 review
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (4), starbox (13)

Score: 4.94

49
1,871 members, 208 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (5), CurrerBell (13)

Score: 4.78

50
10,897 members, 934 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (13), norabelle414

Score: 4.66

51
58 members, 1 review
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: thorold (6), starbox (14)

Score: 4.62

Explanations:

thorold (6): Lesbian classic: The author's novelisation of her film "Mädchen in Uniform"

52
1,883 members, 178 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (15), norabelle414

Score: 4.59

53
4,508 members, 170 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (11), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.35

54
169 members, 4 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: thorold (14), starbox (16)

Score: 4.07

Explanations:

thorold (14): Probably unreadable by anyone over the age of nine, but I used to love it.

55
2,064 members, 69 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: fundevogel (1)

Score: 4

56
1,577 members, 58 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1)

Score: 4

57
239 members, 5 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (1)

Score: 4

58
114 members, 4 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (1)

Score: 4

59
89 members, 3 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: inge87 (1)

Score: 4

60
58 members, 1 review
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (1)

Score: 4

61
29 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: telopea (1)

Score: 4

62
15 members, 1 review
2.75 stars (2.75 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

63
80,291 members, 774 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (16), daisy_may (18)

Score: 3.94

64
81,495 members, 785 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), daisy_may (23)

Score: 3.86

65
77,292 members, 708 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: merrystar (17), daisy_may (24)

Score: 3.78

66
2,524 members, 176 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (4), foggidawn (6)

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 3.38

67
3,149 members, 182 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (2)

Score: 3.36

68
354 members, 2 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: anglemark (2)

Score: 3.36

69
194 members, 2 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (2)

Score: 3.36

70
165 members, 4 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

71
1,993 members, 90 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (3)

Score: 3.04

72
1,540 members, 25 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Score: 3.04

73
492 members, 7 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

74
444 members, 11 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

75
291 members, 10 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

76
187 members, 29 reviews
3.24 stars (3.24 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (3)

Score: 3.04

77
17 members, 1 review
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (3)

Score: 3.04

78
1,434 members, 32 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4)

Score: 2.83

79
1,372 members, 17 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

80
393 members, 11 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

thorold (4): The bridge between PGW's early school stories and his fiction for grown-ups

81
115 members, 5 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (4)

Score: 2.83

82
79 members, 3 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader

Score: 2.83

83
40 members, 4 reviews
2.92 stars (2.92 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (4)

Score: 2.83

84
14 members, 1 review
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (4)

Score: 2.83

85
1,570 members, 32 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (5)

Score: 2.68

86
177 members, 7 reviews
3.29 stars (3.29 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

87
138 members, 3 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

88
75 members, 3 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (5)

Score: 2.68

89
2,293 members, 308 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: norabelle414

Score: 2.56

90
1,877 members, 98 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (6)

Score: 2.56

92
305 members, 4 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Score: 2.56

93
33 members, 0 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (6)

Score: 2.56

94
21 members, 1 review
3.25 stars (3.25 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (6)

Score: 2.56

95
18,503 members, 1,010 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (10), CurrerBell (10), ahef1963 (15)

Thumbs down: merrystar, norabelle414

Score: 2.53

Explanations:

merrystar (0): couldn't get through this

96
610 members, 14 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader (7)

Score: 2.46

97
296 members, 5 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (7)

Score: 2.46

98
137 members, 4 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (7)

Score: 2.46

99
10 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

100
1,784 members, 165 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (8)

Score: 2.38

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Started by: _Zoe_ (January 2012)

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