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Best Books Set in Boarding Schools

Members: 50 participating members (show all)

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2
1,583 members, 15 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), alex68 (4), keristars (4)3 more, ManWithAnAgenda (9), raidergirl3 (14), guyalice

Thumbs down: merrystar, aulsmith, lilithcat, _Zoe_

Score: 36.57

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)

3
782 members, 22 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
2,862 members, 100 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (1), kageeh (2), starbox (3), souloftherose (3), ahef1963 (4), avatiakh (8), elkiedee (9), merrystar (18), MDGentleReader, Herenya

Thumbs down: CurrerBell

Score: 26.56

Explanations:

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

5
1,673 members, 42 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: _Zoe_ (1), ManWithAnAgenda (2), staffordcastle (2), foggidawn (3), avatiakh (5), merrystar (6), elkiedee (8), souloftherose (9), Herenya

Score: 26.51

6
6,862 members, 55 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2), europhile (3), starbox (4), lilithcat (5), ahef1963 (6), Dilara86 (6), foggidawn (7), merrystar (19), guyalice

Score: 24.07

7
488 members, 12 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (1), Chatterbox (1), kateferguson (2), SylviaC (5), starbox (7), MDGentleReader (8), elkiedee (12), merrystar (14)

Score: 23.09

8
1,924 members, 44 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 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
15,702 members, 701 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 20.3

10
13,600 members, 325 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: ijustgetbored (2), Dilara86 (3), aulsmith (4), ahef1963 (5), europhile (6), ManWithAnAgenda (7), merrystar (10), norabelle414

Thumbs down: starbox

Score: 19.85

11
7,679 members, 131 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: keristars (1), CurrerBell (3), alex68 (5), starbox (5), thorold (7), ManWithAnAgenda (8), ahef1963 (10)

Score: 19.48

12
831 members, 21 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 19.42

13
729 members, 10 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

Score: 19.12

14
4,919 members, 148 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

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

Score: 17.2

15
1,522 members, 26 reviews
3.28 stars (3.28 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
695 members, 15 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 15.46

17
1,474 members, 27 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (4), Dilara86 (5), merrystar (7), ManWithAnAgenda (17), norabelle414, Herenya

Score: 15.44

18
2,637 members, 234 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 13.82

19
20,023 members, 882 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (5), alex68 (6), ManWithAnAgenda (12), starbox (12), souloftherose (13), ahef1963 (14)

Score: 13.7

20
795 members, 14 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 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
3,628 members, 173 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 11.92

22
16,781 members, 312 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

Score: 11.66

23
6,904 members, 263 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (5), ManWithAnAgenda (16), cej1027, norabelle414

Score: 11.35

24
8,809 members, 619 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: ArcadiaLynn (1), aulsmith (8), ManWithAnAgenda (11), norabelle414

Score: 11.25

25
592 members, 28 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 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

26
1,253 members, 48 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (3), merrystar (4), souloftherose (6), ahef1963 (13)

Score: 10.53

27
6,110 members, 82 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: alex68 (3), thorold (8), starbox (11), souloftherose (12)

Score: 9.76

28
11,438 members, 177 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: kageeh (5), ahef1963 (11), ManWithAnAgenda (15), guyalice

Score: 9.58

29
275 members, 9 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.24

Explanations:

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

30
36,805 members, 990 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Thumbs down: ManWithAnAgenda

Score: 9.03

31
9,279 members, 341 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

Thumbs down: foggidawn

Score: 8.85

32
486 members, 13 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

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

Score: 8.49

33
290 members, 7 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 7.99

34
729 members, 20 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 7.94

35
268 members, 8 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

Score: 7.63

36
1,056 members, 18 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

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

Score: 7.51

37
742 members, 13 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: lquilter (3), ManWithAnAgenda (10), ahef1963 (12)

Score: 7.44

38
1,889 members, 29 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: alex68 (1), thorold (3)

Score: 7.04

39
720 members, 8 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (2), EmScape (2)

Score: 6.73

40
345 members, 5 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (1), SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Score: 6.56

41
124 members, 3 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: kayclifton (1), CurrerBell (6)

Score: 6.56

42
200 members, 4 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 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.

43
3,259 members, 55 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: europhile (11), thorold (13), ManWithAnAgenda (14)

Score: 6.37

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."

44
1,977 members, 50 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (1), thorold (11)

Score: 6.2

45
115 members, 3 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (2), kateferguson (4)

Score: 6.19

46
1,724 members, 62 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), ManWithAnAgenda (13)

Score: 6.11

47
7,273 members, 200 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), ijustgetbored (4)

Score: 5.87

48
33 members, 1 review
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (3), daisy_may (4)

Score: 5.87

49
280 members, 6 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (3), dara85 (7)

Score: 5.5

50
543 members, 19 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), raidergirl3 (15)

Score: 5.4

51
312 members, 10 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (11), Soupdragon

Score: 5.24

52
460 members, 13 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 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

53
79 members, 1 review
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (4), starbox (13)

Score: 4.94

54
138 members, 6 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (4), merrystar (15)

Score: 4.86

55
14,958 members, 1,064 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (13), norabelle414

Score: 4.78

56
2,157 members, 223 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (5), CurrerBell (13)

Score: 4.78

57
2,427 members, 208 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (15), norabelle414

Score: 4.71

58
65 members, 1 review
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: thorold (6), starbox (14)

Score: 4.62

Explanations:

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

59
23,734 members, 1,155 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (10), CurrerBell (10), ahef1963 (15), ManWithAnAgenda (18)

Thumbs down: merrystar, norabelle414

Score: 4.47

Explanations:

merrystar (0): couldn't get through this

60
5,528 members, 181 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (11), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.35

61
2,338 members, 74 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: fundevogel (1)

Score: 4

62
262 members, 4 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (1)

Score: 4

63
136 members, 4 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (1)

Score: 4

64
102 members, 3 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: inge87 (1)

Score: 4

65
74 members, 1 review
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (1)

Score: 4

66
33 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: telopea (1)

Score: 4

67
20 members, 2 reviews
2.79 stars (2.79 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

68
2,795 members, 186 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (4), foggidawn (6)

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 3.38

69
3,556 members, 201 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (2)

Score: 3.36

70
1,052 members, 31 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: alex68 (2)

Score: 3.36

71
401 members, 4 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: anglemark (2)

Score: 3.36

72
208 members, 3 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (2)

Score: 3.36

73
181 members, 4 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

74
2,196 members, 95 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (3)

Score: 3.04

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

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

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

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

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

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

78
220 members, 29 reviews
3.19 stars (3.19 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (3)

Score: 3.04

79
133 members, 3 reviews
3.23 stars (3.23 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (3)

Score: 3.04

80
19 members, 1 review
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (3)

Score: 3.04

81
1,577 members, 21 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

82
1,558 members, 36 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4)

Score: 2.83

83
172 members, 1 review
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (4)

Score: 2.83

84
84 members, 3 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader

Score: 2.83

85
49 members, 4 reviews
2.92 stars (2.92 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (4)

Score: 2.83

86
19 members, 1 review
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (4)

Score: 2.83

87
2,881 members, 340 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: norabelle414

Score: 2.68

88
1,824 members, 37 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (5)

Score: 2.68

90
214 members, 8 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

91
151 members, 4 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

92
123 members, 15 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (5)

Score: 2.68

93
83 members, 4 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (5)

Score: 2.68

94
2,031 members, 113 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (6)

Score: 2.56

95
34 members, 0 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (6)

Score: 2.56

96
25 members, 1 review
3.25 stars (3.25 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (6)

Score: 2.56

97
694 members, 16 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader (7)

Score: 2.46

98
327 members, 5 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (7)

Score: 2.46

99
151 members, 4 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (7)

Score: 2.46

100
17 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

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