Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books set at School

Happy Tuesday, and that means it is time for another Top 5 Tuesday.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Books set at School, so bring on all the campus novels. There is also a fair bit of variety in school books, I personally love magic schools and both Black Witch and Carry On were on my short list but didn’t make the cut. Then there are campus novels, think Oxbridge and the Ivies that can be so atmospheric, I would have loved A Discovery of Witches if they had stayed at Oxford the whole time. And then there are more everyday schools, middle, high school and more modern universities, which are often the setting for contemporary Middle Grade and YA books, which I also enjoy.

1. Harry Potter

I really did try to write this list without including Harry, but I just couldn’t do it. I had been thinking that everyone knows these books you don’t have to include it, but they are just so good and really they are the standard by which I rate my other magic school books. The runner up in case you were curious was Carry On. Yes, I am also aware of the irony that I have been about 10 chapters into book 5 for something like a year now.

2. The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

This is one of my favorite series of all time but It has been a while since I have talked about it. The series is a time travel YA fantasy, and it is so much fun. The school is not a magic school, but a pretty standard London high school, except for the resident ghost which only Gwen can see. Gwen finds herself thrown back through time and has to now handle the secret society that protects the time traveling secret, people in the past and maybe the present who want to harm her all while keeping up with her classes. It is really wonderful.

Vampire Academy3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Yes another magic school, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this book until I read it again this year (no I haven’t gotten back to book 2 yet). I really like the world of the school, what had to be adapted for the Vampires but how it still has that high school feel and even some of the same classes. I have read some of the House of Night books which are a similar premise, but I enjoyed these more. The school also has a spooky campus feel, the campus is isolated, and it doesn’t hurt that day and night are flipped for that extra spooky factor.

4. Dimple Verse by Sandhya Menon

And now something completely different. These are some of my favorite contemporary YA books, and the first two are set on a college campus and at a high school in California. These books are fun romances with great diverse characters, and with titles that are all nods to classic rom-coms which I definitely noticed way later than I would like to admit. I also had To All the Boys I Loved Before on my short list and if you liked that series these have a very similar feel.

5. The Framed! Series by James Ponti

These books are so much fun, and one of my favorite Middle Grade series. Two middle schoolers in D.C. become consultants for the FBI, and it is just wonderful. The second book Vanished! is my favorite but they are all great, fun mysteries that are full of interesting clues and enjoyable for all ages. I also just finished a book the other day, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, that feels a lot like this series so if you have read all of the Ponti you may want to pick that up next.

Happy Reading Everyone!


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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books set at School

  1. The only pick of yours that I’ve read is Harry Potter – but I’ve been very curious about Carry On which you also mention. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it

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