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Best Books Set in Boarding Schools

Members: 48 participating members (show all)

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1
11,766 members, 184 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

Score: 59.59

2
105,820 members, 1,740 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)
3
749 members, 21 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: merrystar (1), europhile (2), inge87 (2), _Zoe_ (2), avatiakh (3), SylviaC (3), souloftherose (5), CurrerBell (9), elkiedee (10), daisy_may (17), Soupdragon1 more, guyalice

Score: 35.09

4
1,514 members, 14 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 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)

5
2,599 members, 93 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 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
6,167 members, 47 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2), europhile (3), starbox (4), lilithcat (5), ahef1963 (6), Dilara86 (6), foggidawn (7), merrystar (9), guyalice

Score: 24.46

7
1,589 members, 34 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

Score: 23.05

8
1,751 members, 37 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Thumbs down: CurrerBell

Score: 22.36

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.

9
456 members, 12 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 21.03

10
787 members, 18 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), elkiedee (1), CurrerBell (2), souloftherose (4), europhile (5), starbox (6)

Score: 19.42

11
660 members, 9 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 19.12

12
14,235 members, 674 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 17.74

13
12,366 members, 288 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: ijustgetbored (2), Dilara86 (3), aulsmith (4), ahef1963 (5), europhile (6), merrystar (10), norabelle414

Thumbs down: starbox

Score: 17.27

14
4,785 members, 146 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

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

Score: 17.2

15
1,417 members, 23 reviews
3.29 stars (3.29 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), eromsted (1), Dilara86 (4), lilithcat (4), europhile (7), avatiakh (9), guyalice

Thumbs down: CurrerBell, thorold

Score: 17.1

Explanations:

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

16
628 members, 10 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 15.46

17
7,106 members, 124 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 14.42

18
2,448 members, 219 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 13.82

19
1,421 members, 24 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (4), Dilara86 (5), merrystar (18), norabelle414, Herenya

Score: 12.83

20
749 members, 10 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: thorold (1), staffordcastle (3), aulsmith (6), europhile (8)

Score: 11.97

Explanations:

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

21
3,365 members, 165 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 11.92

22
16,065 members, 293 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

Score: 11.66

23
34,383 members, 944 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 11.03

24
561 members, 28 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 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

25
1,157 members, 43 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 10.38

26
18,404 members, 826 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 9

27
7,817 members, 580 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

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

Score: 8.93

28
269 members, 7 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: inge87 (6), thorold (9), souloftherose (14), merrystar (19)

Score: 8.85

Explanations:

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

29
8,971 members, 342 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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

Thumbs down: foggidawn

Score: 8.73

30
468 members, 10 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), souloftherose (7), thorold (15)

Score: 8.49

31
6,135 members, 247 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), cej1027, norabelle414

Score: 8.48

32
275 members, 7 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 7.99

33
691 members, 19 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 7.94

34
263 members, 8 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

Score: 7.63

35
10,704 members, 170 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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

Score: 7.55

36
937 members, 14 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

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

Score: 7.51

37
667 members, 8 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (2), EmScape (2)

Score: 6.73

38
5,707 members, 74 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 6.72

39
122 members, 2 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: kayclifton (1), CurrerBell (6)

Score: 6.56

40
188 members, 4 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: europhile (9), thorold (14), starbox (16)

Score: 6.38

Explanations:

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

41
1,765 members, 47 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (1), thorold (11)

Score: 6.2

42
111 members, 3 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (2), kateferguson (4)

Score: 6.19

43
6,546 members, 180 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), ijustgetbored (4)

Score: 5.87

44
31 members, 1 review
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (3), daisy_may (4)

Score: 5.87

45
521 members, 20 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), raidergirl3 (15)

Score: 5.4

46
259 members, 6 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4), dara85 (7)

Score: 5.29

47
297 members, 10 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (11), Soupdragon

Score: 5.24

48
685 members, 12 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: lquilter (3), ahef1963 (12)

Score: 5.19

49
442 members, 13 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: thorold (4), europhile (10)

Score: 5.08

Explanations:

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

50
73 members, 1 review
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (4), starbox (13)

Score: 4.94

51
2,055 members, 219 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (5), CurrerBell (13)

Score: 4.78

52
13,191 members, 999 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (13), norabelle414

Score: 4.66

53
62 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"

54
2,247 members, 191 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (15), norabelle414

Score: 4.59

55
5,079 members, 177 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (11), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.35

56
3,073 members, 53 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: europhile (11), thorold (13)

Score: 4.3

Explanations:

thorold (13): "I expect you'll be becoming a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour."

57
2,218 members, 73 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: fundevogel (1)

Score: 4

58
1,673 members, 61 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1)

Score: 4

59
243 members, 4 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (1)

Score: 4

60
124 members, 4 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (1)

Score: 4

61
94 members, 3 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: inge87 (1)

Score: 4

62
65 members, 1 review
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (1)

Score: 4

63
29 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: telopea (1)

Score: 4

64
20 members, 2 reviews
2.79 stars (2.79 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

65
86,883 members, 846 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (16), daisy_may (18)

Score: 3.94

66
88,664 members, 862 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), daisy_may (23)

Score: 3.86

67
83,399 members, 773 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: merrystar (17), daisy_may (24)

Score: 3.78

68
2,689 members, 183 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (4), foggidawn (6)

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 3.38

69
3,388 members, 190 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (2)

Score: 3.36

70
372 members, 3 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: anglemark (2)

Score: 3.36

71
195 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (2)

Score: 3.36

72
169 members, 4 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

73
2,103 members, 92 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (3)

Score: 3.04

74
1,718 members, 29 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Score: 3.04

75
542 members, 8 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

76
517 members, 11 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

77
322 members, 10 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

78
204 members, 29 reviews
3.23 stars (3.23 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (3)

Score: 3.04

79
17 members, 1 review
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (3)

Score: 3.04

80
1,508 members, 33 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4)

Score: 2.83

81
1,489 members, 18 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

82
129 members, 5 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (4)

Score: 2.83

83
80 members, 3 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader

Score: 2.83

84
46 members, 4 reviews
2.92 stars (2.92 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (4)

Score: 2.83

85
18 members, 1 review
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (4)

Score: 2.83

86
1,687 members, 35 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (5)

Score: 2.68

87
197 members, 7 reviews
3.26 stars (3.26 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

88
145 members, 3 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

89
79 members, 3 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (5)

Score: 2.68

90
2,578 members, 323 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: norabelle414

Score: 2.56

91
2,069 members, 108 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (6)

Score: 2.56

93
332 members, 5 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Score: 2.56

94
33 members, 0 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (6)

Score: 2.56

95
23 members, 1 review
3.25 stars (3.25 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (6)

Score: 2.56

96
21,221 members, 1,078 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

97
663 members, 15 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader (7)

Score: 2.46

98
304 members, 5 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (7)

Score: 2.46

99
140 members, 4 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (7)

Score: 2.46

100
12 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

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Started by: _Zoe_ (January 2012)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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