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Top 10 Tuesday: Books that take place in a school setting


Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl is hosting another week of Top Ten Tuesday. I enjoy participating each week for a couple reasons. I'm a compulsive list maker and love a good list. And, I love a connection with other readers as I wander their book blogs. In honor of back-to-school time, this week's prompt is to share books having to do with education - something in the title, set in a school, about schooling, featuring kids in school, etc. I actually thought of most of these without having to look at my list! Here goes.


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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Genre: Sci Fi

Published 2015; 356 pages (3 novellas)


A girl traveling across worlds to attend university and her experiences at school. Then she returns home and tries to apply what she learned.

Reviewed here







The Secret Place #5 Dublin Squad by Tana French

Genre: Mystery

Published 2014; 541 pages


One of my favorites of this series. Set in a girls boarding school, there's all the jealousies, anger, and angst of teen girls and it erupts in a murder. Which girl is the killer? Can totally be read as a standalone.






The Magicians #1 by Lev Grossman

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2009; 402 pages


A COA story about a boy obsessed with magic who finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret college where he learns many of the usual things learned in college - friendship, loyalty, love, sex, and boredom - but also magic.






Normal People by Sally Rooney

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2018; 273 pages


The story follows a boy and girl from high school through college as they fall in and out of like and love.

Reviewed here






The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2011; 512 pages


Somehow I've never reviewed this book - set in college, it follows several boys as they mature, explore their sexuality, and play sports (primarily baseball) and how that influences their decisions. LGBTQ







Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2022; 384 pages


A group of Asian college students decide to steal historical art pieces and return them to China.

Reviewed here






The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2020; 394 pages


A delightful story of a very special school for very special (and UNUSUAL) children.

Reviewed here






The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Genre: Mystery

Published 2018; 336 pages


A school for girls that is rumored to be haunted - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the ones no one wants attend and try to survive. Four unlikely friends and one goes missing.......

Reviewed here




A Deadly Education #1 by Naomi Novik

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2020; 336 pages


Taking place in a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.








The Ninth House #1 by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2019; 459 pages


A misfit of a girl gets a surprise invitation to attend Yale and discovers she gets the invite because she sees ghosts - so she fits right into the underground part of college that revolves around magic and ghosts.

Reviewed here





And there you have it - 10 books I've read that take place in a school setting - it appears mostly college. I'm eager to see what the rest of you bloggers have found with a school theme....and, how some of you have adapted the theme to suit yourselves. I always look forward to the creative ways people interpret the suggested themes.




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