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Best Books Set in Boarding Schools

Members: 48 participating members (show all)

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1
12,051 members, 187 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
107,466 members, 1,785 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)
3
744 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
1,520 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
2,649 members, 94 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
6,289 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
1,606 members, 35 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 23.05

8
1,790 members, 39 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
464 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
797 members, 18 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 19.42

11
672 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

12
14,578 members, 672 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 17.74

13
12,622 members, 299 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
4,821 members, 145 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

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

Score: 17.2

15
1,464 members, 23 reviews
3.31 stars (3.31 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
656 members, 15 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 15.46

17
7,250 members, 123 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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

Score: 14.42

18
2,474 members, 220 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 13.82

19
1,443 members, 24 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 12.83

20
756 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
3,420 members, 166 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

Score: 11.92

22
16,159 members, 299 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

Score: 11.66

23
34,845 members, 956 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 11.03

24
568 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
1,171 members, 44 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 10.38

26
18,802 members, 833 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 9

27
7,946 members, 581 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

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

Score: 8.93

28
267 members, 8 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
9,107 members, 340 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

Thumbs down: foggidawn

Score: 8.73

30
461 members, 11 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

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

Score: 8.49

31
6,320 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
704 members, 19 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 7.94

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

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

Score: 7.63

35
10,924 members, 172 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

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

Score: 7.55

36
953 members, 15 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

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

Score: 7.51

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

Lists: raidergirl3 (2), EmScape (2)

Score: 6.73

38
5,797 members, 74 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 6.72

39
122 members, 3 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: kayclifton (1), CurrerBell (6)

Score: 6.56

40
190 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.

41
1,806 members, 47 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: abbottthomas (1), thorold (11)

Score: 6.2

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

Lists: elkiedee (2), kateferguson (4)

Score: 6.19

43
6,681 members, 182 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
532 members, 19 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), raidergirl3 (15)

Score: 5.4

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

Lists: merrystar (4), dara85 (7)

Score: 5.29

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

Lists: avatiakh (11), Soupdragon

Score: 5.24

48
703 members, 13 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: lquilter (3), ahef1963 (12)

Score: 5.19

49
437 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
78 members, 1 review
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: CurrerBell (4), starbox (13)

Score: 4.94

51
2,082 members, 221 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (5), CurrerBell (13)

Score: 4.78

52
132 members, 6 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (4), merrystar (22)

Score: 4.68

53
13,550 members, 1,014 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (13), norabelle414

Score: 4.66

54
63 members, 1 review
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: thorold (6), starbox (14)

Score: 4.62

Explanations:

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

55
2,293 members, 192 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (15), norabelle414

Score: 4.59

56
5,235 members, 178 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (11), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.35

57
3,112 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."

58
2,240 members, 74 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: fundevogel (1)

Score: 4

59
1,689 members, 61 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1)

Score: 4

60
252 members, 4 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (1)

Score: 4

61
129 members, 4 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: kateferguson (1)

Score: 4

62
95 members, 3 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: inge87 (1)

Score: 4

63
66 members, 1 review
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (1)

Score: 4

64
29 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: telopea (1)

Score: 4

65
20 members, 2 reviews
2.79 stars (2.79 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

66
88,031 members, 856 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: merrystar (16), daisy_may (18)

Score: 3.94

67
89,913 members, 875 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), daisy_may (23)

Score: 3.86

68
84,660 members, 782 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: merrystar (17), daisy_may (24)

Score: 3.78

69
2,706 members, 182 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (4), foggidawn (6)

Thumbs down: _Zoe_

Score: 3.38

70
3,447 members, 192 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie (2)

Score: 3.36

71
375 members, 3 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: anglemark (2)

Score: 3.36

72
201 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: patchygirl (2)

Score: 3.36

73
176 members, 4 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

74
2,114 members, 92 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: lilithcat (3)

Score: 3.04

75
1,754 members, 29 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Score: 3.04

76
546 members, 8 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

77
525 members, 11 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 3.04

78
325 members, 10 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)

Lists: Soupdragon

Score: 3.04

79
211 members, 29 reviews
3.23 stars (3.23 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (3)

Score: 3.04

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

Lists: daisy_may (3)

Score: 3.04

81
1,510 members, 33 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4)

Score: 2.83

82
1,506 members, 19 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

83
81 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
1,725 members, 37 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: daisy_may (5)

Score: 2.68

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

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

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

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

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

Lists: CurrerBell (5)

Score: 2.68

90
2,652 members, 324 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: norabelle414

Score: 2.56

91
1,968 members, 108 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (6)

Score: 2.56

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

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Score: 2.56

94
34 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
21,865 members, 1,105 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
671 members, 15 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: MDGentleReader (7)

Score: 2.46

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

Lists: daisy_may (7)

Score: 2.46

99
144 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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