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Best Books Set in Boarding Schools

Members: 50 participating members (show all)

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1
10,861 members, 173 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 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
99,541 members, 1,629 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)
3
687 members, 20 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 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
1,432 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)

5
2,396 members, 90 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 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
5,712 members, 42 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

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

Score: 24.46

7
1,482 members, 34 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 23.05

8
1,644 members, 35 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 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
433 members, 11 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 21.03

10
739 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
13,098 members, 641 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 17.74

12
11,396 members, 259 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Thumbs down: starbox

Score: 17.27

13
4,646 members, 143 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

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

Score: 17.2

14
1,352 members, 22 reviews
3.23 stars (3.23 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

15
598 members, 10 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

Score: 15.75

16
572 members, 11 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 15.46

17
6,773 members, 117 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 14.42

18
2,239 members, 208 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 13.82

19
692 members, 7 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 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"

20
3,110 members, 161 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 11.92

21
15,387 members, 286 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 11.66

22
32,681 members, 903 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 11.03

23
1,346 members, 22 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 10.89

24
534 members, 29 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 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
1,097 members, 41 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 10.38

26
17,399 members, 791 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 9

27
7,088 members, 548 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

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

Score: 8.93

28
8,503 members, 338 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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

Thumbs down: foggidawn

Score: 8.73

29
5,455 members, 230 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), cej1027, norabelle414

Score: 8.48

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

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

Score: 7.99

31
666 members, 19 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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

Score: 7.94

32
248 members, 8 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

Score: 7.63

33
10,144 members, 155 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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

Score: 7.55

34
753 members, 13 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

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

Score: 7.51

35
253 members, 8 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 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
605 members, 8 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (2), EmScape (2)

Score: 6.73

37
5,379 members, 74 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 6.72

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

Lists: kayclifton (1), CurrerBell (6)

Score: 6.56

39
426 members, 10 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), souloftherose (7)

Score: 6.46

40
175 members, 4 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 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
1,595 members, 41 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (1), thorold (11)

Score: 6.2

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

Lists: elkiedee (2), kateferguson (4)

Score: 6.19

43
6,040 members, 168 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), ijustgetbored (4)

Score: 5.87

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

Lists: patchygirl (3), daisy_may (4)

Score: 5.87

45
494 members, 20 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), raidergirl3 (15)

Score: 5.4

46
239 members, 6 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4), dara85 (7)

Score: 5.29

47
273 members, 10 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (11), Soupdragon

Score: 5.24

48
635 members, 10 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: lquilter (3), ahef1963 (12)

Score: 5.19

49
411 members, 13 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 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
65 members, 1 review
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (4), starbox (13)

Score: 4.94

51
1,941 members, 211 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (5), CurrerBell (13)

Score: 4.78

52
11,570 members, 959 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (13), norabelle414

Score: 4.66

53
59 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
2,004 members, 181 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (15), norabelle414

Score: 4.59

55
4,648 members, 171 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (11), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.35

56
2,913 members, 53 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 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
2,095 members, 71 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: fundevogel (1)

Score: 4

58
1,613 members, 58 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1)

Score: 4

59
238 members, 5 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (1)

Score: 4

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

Lists: kateferguson (1)

Score: 4

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

Lists: inge87 (1)

Score: 4

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

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (1)

Score: 4

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

Lists: telopea (1)

Score: 4

64
15 members, 1 review
2.75 stars (2.75 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

65
82,235 members, 804 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (16), daisy_may (18)

Score: 3.94

66
83,697 members, 812 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), daisy_may (23)

Score: 3.86

67
78,876 members, 730 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: merrystar (17), daisy_may (24)

Score: 3.78

68
2,591 members, 177 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (4), foggidawn (6)

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 3.38

69
3,212 members, 183 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (2)

Score: 3.36

70
357 members, 2 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: anglemark (2)

Score: 3.36

71
192 members, 2 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (2)

Score: 3.36

72
165 members, 4 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

73
2,026 members, 93 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (3)

Score: 3.04

74
1,594 members, 28 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Score: 3.04

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

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

76
468 members, 11 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

77
305 members, 10 reviews
3.35 stars (3.35 stars)

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

78
194 members, 29 reviews
3.25 stars (3.25 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
1,459 members, 33 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4)

Score: 2.83

81
1,404 members, 16 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

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

Lists: elkiedee (4)

Score: 2.83

83
80 members, 3 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader

Score: 2.83

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

Lists: avatiakh (4)

Score: 2.83

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

Lists: patchygirl (4)

Score: 2.83

86
1,603 members, 33 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (5)

Score: 2.68

87
183 members, 7 reviews
3.31 stars (3.31 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

88
140 members, 3 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

89
76 members, 3 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (5)

Score: 2.68

90
2,381 members, 308 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: norabelle414

Score: 2.56

91
1,871 members, 101 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (6)

Score: 2.56

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

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Score: 2.56

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

Lists: kateferguson (6)

Score: 2.56

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

Lists: daisy_may (6)

Score: 2.56

96
19,410 members, 1,042 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Thumbs down: merrystar, norabelle414

Score: 2.53

Explanations:

merrystar (0): couldn't get through this

97
625 members, 15 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader (7)

Score: 2.46

98
297 members, 5 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (7)

Score: 2.46

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

Lists: kateferguson (7)

Score: 2.46

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

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

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Started by: _Zoe_ (January 2012)

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