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Top Ten Tuesday | Making the Grade

Aside from a few places within the States, I’m not what one would call a seasoned traveler. In fact most of the trips I have taken involved wide open spaces and had a warm hug waiting at the end of a long 13 hour drive. Translation: said road trips involved visiting my grandmother.

My lack of travel experience isn’t for want of wishing to see some of America’s wonders or even, perhaps, in my wildest dreams parts of Europe, but stars don’t always align. It’s for this reason (#2,847) that books give us all such a joyful experience. 

Broke and Bookish August 16th Prompt

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc) 

Though I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go with this prompt, I decided to scratch going straight British because we did recently talk about books that took place overseas. Also, I recently watched the pilot of Gossip Girl (definitely something I "get" being addicting, but golly, the drama would do me in), which helped inspiring today’s topic. As a result, I went with the boarding school (or a “private,” “prep,” “elite” school however you wish to coin it) prompt though my intention may have been for nothing as many of these are British set.

Still, since boarding school is (thankfully) not something I ever experienced nor is it something I read much of in books, I decided to feature some books set in a boarding school that I’m interested in reading. 

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte | I had to laugh at myself for adding this one since saying I’m a classic lit novice would be an understatement. That said, I do adore this story as a cinematic masterpiece (so much so that I have a review of a certain version and blog post left unpublished on my trusty USB file blog folder). Plus, it’s one of the most famous “boarding school” stories I’d wager. AmazonGoodreads 

2. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Say what?! Another classic on my list? Yeah, so… that happened! Again, I don’t know if I read this one in school or not, but either way, I adore it as a story. Amazon | Goodreads 

3. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer | These novels look, sound and no doubt are, fierce. I’d love to read them in the near future because I’m unfamiliar with the steampunk genre with exception to one or two books. Amazon | Goodreads  

4. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter | This is another one on my must-read-ASAP list. They might be well past my target reading age, but as someone who loves spy stories (read: once addicted to Alias and Covert Affairs), these look way too fun. Amazon | Goodreads 

5. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | Sherlock Holmes inspiration? I’m in! Amazon | Goodreads 

6.  Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg | If there's a hint of Jane Austen, I'm so there! Which is why I'm puzzled as to why I've not yet read this one. Must. Remedy. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins | Another one I've been meaning to read for eons. In fact this one is sitting pretty on my bookshelf as we speak. Amazon | Goodreads
8. Mandie and the Secret Tunnel by Lois Gladys Leppard | Added this one for nostalgia's sake. Read these as a young kid, and though I didn't make it through the entire series, what I did read were awfully cute. Amazon | Goodreads
9. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout | Read this one last summer, and the result was a quirky and sweet little YA contemporary romcom. Has anyone else read it? Amazon | Goodreads
10. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor | I've read some friends reviews of this one, and it sounds interesting, so yeah, why not add it to today's list!? (That's reason enough!) Amazon | Goodreads 
What books do you like that are set in an exclusive boarding school or any kind of “unique” school setting? Comment down below with your bookish or not-so-bookish thoughts! I’d be glad to chat with you.  

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, friends and readers.  
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  1. Ooh! I LOVE boarding school books and this is a great list. Etiquette and Espionage and Hex Hall are definite faves of mine :)

    Emily @ Reader Rising

    1. I've not sure if I've read any books set at boarding school or not. However I'm intrigued by the setting. :) Thanks so much for sharing your favorites and visiting, Emily.

  2. Jane Eyre! I love Jane Eyre. I just talked about how much I love Jane Eyre and rated some of the various film adaptions this week. She's been on my brain! And A Little Princess - classic! :) Great list!

    1. That sounds fabulous, Jessica. I'll have to read your post. I wrote a "ranking" post as well and have yet to publish it. Hopefully in the near future I will. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment. Nice to meet you! :)

  3. I have liked the boarding school books I've read. The Carriger and Ally Carter books do sound fun (steampunk and British seem like a nice combo) and some of those others look good too. The last prep school/ academy book I read was Sanctuary Bay, which I liked.

    1. I don't think I'm familiar with Sanctuary Bay, Greg, but do love discovering new books. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

      ...I agree. Carringer's sounds amazing.

      Thanks, as always, for the visit. :)

  4. Lovely list! I really enjoy reading books set in boarding schools. Hello I Love You looks so cute!

    1. Hello, I Love You is REALLY cute, Chrissi. Lots of quirkiness but sometimes that's just what I need. :) Thanks for visiting!

  5. A Study in Charlotte is definitely on my must read soon list! One that I read in childhood and loved was Charlotte Sometimes - a sort of fantasy set in a boarding school in England of course lol. My TTT

    1. Ooo, a book I've not heard of. :) Thanks for sharing, Carrie - and yes! I agree. A Study in Charlotte is a someday read for me. :)

      Glad you visited!

  6. Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. They are both set in Paris at School of America. I love those books! Great Top Ten My Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. I adore 'Anna' and have as yet to read either 'Lola' or 'Isla.' That said, I do hope to read both ASAP. Thanks so much for visiting, Giovanna. :)

  7. I haven't read much boarding school novels! Definitely some here I will have to check out!

    I am digging the new layout :) I also love the way you set your TTT. The colors of your floral embellishes really pop against the desaturated book covers :)

    My TTT.

    1. Right!? I thought some of these sounded really good and fun, Allyson. Lots of amazing stories to chose from.

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. It's nice to know everything "stands out" as I intended it to. The B&W covers was a last minute change, but I'm glad I made it. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting. :)

  8. I really want to read A Study In Charlotte! Haven't had a chance yet though!
    My TTT:

    1. Neither have I, JJ. But, as the book nerd perpetually says, someday, right!? ;)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

  9. Oh, I forgot The Little Princess!...though, I haven't read it I have watched three different movie versions of it. Interesting list!

    1. I've not read it (that I can 100% recall), though to be honest with the way my memory is, I might have when I was a kid. Either way, it is a lovely story. :) Thanks so much for visiting, Risa. Nice to meet you. :)

  10. My favorite on this list was the Mandie book--brought back nostalgia for me too :)

    1. Same! The Mandie books have so many nostalgic memories for me. In many ways, they probably helped "shape" the reader in me today. :)

      Nice to see you visit, Becca.


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