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Best Books Set in Boarding Schools

Members: 50 participating members (show all)

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1
10,920 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
99,778 members, 1,647 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)
3
686 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
1,434 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
2,407 members, 90 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
5,734 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
1,647 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
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 21.03

10
740 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
13,171 members, 643 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
11,449 members, 265 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
4,648 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
1,353 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
601 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
574 members, 11 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 15.46

17
6,792 members, 117 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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

Score: 14.42

18
2,253 members, 209 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 13.82

19
693 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
3,125 members, 161 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 11.92

21
15,415 members, 286 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 11.66

22
32,791 members, 907 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 11.03

23
1,352 members, 22 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 10.89

24
536 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
1,100 members, 41 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 10.38

26
17,458 members, 793 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 9

27
7,129 members, 553 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

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

Score: 8.93

28
8,532 members, 343 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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

Thumbs down: foggidawn

Score: 8.73

29
5,499 members, 231 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), cej1027, norabelle414

Score: 8.48

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

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

Score: 7.99

31
667 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
10,179 members, 155 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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

Score: 7.55

34
758 members, 13 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

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

Score: 7.51

35
256 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
607 members, 8 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (2), EmScape (2)

Score: 6.73

37
5,396 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
427 members, 10 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), souloftherose (7)

Score: 6.46

40
176 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
1,603 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
6,049 members, 169 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
495 members, 20 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 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
274 members, 10 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (11), Soupdragon

Score: 5.24

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

Lists: lquilter (3), ahef1963 (12)

Score: 5.19

49
410 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
1,953 members, 213 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (5), CurrerBell (13)

Score: 4.78

52
11,665 members, 966 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
2,024 members, 182 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (15), norabelle414

Score: 4.59

55
4,672 members, 172 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (11), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.35

56
2,925 members, 53 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 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
2,100 members, 71 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: fundevogel (1)

Score: 4

58
1,615 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
62 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
82,377 members, 810 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (16), daisy_may (18)

Score: 3.94

66
83,911 members, 822 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), daisy_may (23)

Score: 3.86

67
79,039 members, 730 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: merrystar (17), daisy_may (24)

Score: 3.78

68
2,595 members, 177 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (4), foggidawn (6)

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 3.38

69
3,216 members, 184 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 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
164 members, 4 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

73
2,033 members, 93 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (3)

Score: 3.04

74
1,598 members, 28 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Score: 3.04

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

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

76
469 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
195 members, 29 reviews
3.25 stars (3.25 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (3)

Score: 3.04

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

Lists: daisy_may (3)

Score: 3.04

80
1,460 members, 33 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4)

Score: 2.83

81
1,408 members, 16 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

82
120 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
1,611 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
77 members, 3 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (5)

Score: 2.68

90
2,405 members, 311 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: norabelle414

Score: 2.56

91
1,881 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
19,535 members, 1,046 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
627 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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