School looks different for everyone this year and it’s making me feel wistful about my own school days gone by. I can’t help but think about the many books set at school, including one educational experience I never had: boarding school.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m glad school is long behind me. But there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to revisit those years through fictional characters, even as my own kids are doing their homework.
When a reader asked for books set at boarding schools on our What Should I Read Next Instagram account as a WSIRNReaderRecs request, we received a ton of great suggestions. We curated those suggestions for today’s book list, and added a stack of our in-house favorites, too. As so often happens when we ask our community for book recommendations, my TBR grew as a result.
Today I’m sharing books you love, books I love, and some I’m eager to read because of your enthusiastic recommendations. This list of 25 boarding school books covers a variety of genres from YA to thriller to literary fiction. And they’re not all set at swanky East Coast or magical schools! This is by no means an exhaustive list so I’d love to hear about your favorite books set at boarding schools in the comments.
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What are YOUR favorite boarding school novels? Tell us all about them in comments!