For this week I decided to talk about books that are set at school/college. I am still on holidays, but I will eventually have to go back to uni, and I thought it could be a fun idea! I made a selection to have only seven books like usually do, but since I thought of so many books, maybe there will be a part two to this post… Who knows, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy!
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Of course, I couldn’t make a post featuring books at school without talking about Hogwarts, the school we all want to attend! Harry Potter was raised by his aunt and uncle after his parents death, but they treat him badly and have him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. He believes he will live this boring life forever, until one day he receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, saying he will attend the school, because he is a wizard, and Harry can finally leave his ordinary life… (book talk)
Secrets in Phoenix by Gabriella Lepore
Sophie Ballester and her twin brothers Sam and Toad are sent to live with their aunt in the remote town of Phoenix Holt, where they will attend the all-boy boarding school she works at. But something seems weird in this town, and things go even weirder when they find a hidden room in their aunt’s house. Nothing is what is seems in Phoenix Holt, and they will stumble on surprise after surprise… Secrets in Phoenix is a story of witches and hidden magic, featuring another magical school much less famous than Hogwarts! (review)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath has always done everything with her twin sister Wren. So when Wren decides that she wants to live her own life when they start college, and not share a room with her sister as they always did, Cath is less than happy. Cath is an introvert, she doesn’t like talking to people. All she likes is writing fanfictions about her favourite characters Simon and Baz. And Cath is really good at writing fanfiction. She’s really good at writing love stories though she never lived one in real life… Until now. A great story about what it’s like to start college
almost on your own, and to be an introvert!
PS I like you by Kasie West
This one is a much recent one and I feel like I am mentioning it all the time, but I loved this book so much, it’s absolutely worth it. Lily likes music, and hates chemistry. One day, in Chemistry class, she gets bored and writes some her favourite song lyrics on the desk. The next day, someone replies to her and she starts sending letters to this mysterious penpal, and soon she realises she might be in love with him… PS I like you is a really beautiful story of friendship, love and family, and I definitely recommend it, I promise it’s not as cheesy as it sounds! (review)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
After going into an accident with her best friend and her brother, Mara Dyer is the only one to survive, with no memory of the incident. Her family decides it would be better if they moved, and she starts a new life in a new school. Except weird things and visions keep happening to her, and Mara can’t figure out what is real and what is not. School heartthrob Noah Shaw takes interest in her, and things get complicated. I have only read the first book in the Mara Dyer trilogy but it’s crazy and incredible and I would most definitely recommend it!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Another amazing contemporary romance. Anna is about to start a perfectly planned senior year with her best friend and the guy she has a crush on, until her father decides she needs to live more experiences and sends her to a boarding school in Paris. There, Anna has to make new friends, live in a dorm full of people who have known one another forever, and live in a completely foreign country. And to her surprise, it’s amazing. I read this book last year, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s really sweet and beautiful and totally not as it sounds in the title ♥
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
And last but not least another contemporary. Ezra Faulkner has lived an easy life, as a popular, handsome member of the tennis team in high school, until the summer before senior year, when he realises his girlfriend was cheating on him, and the same night, gets into an accident. When school starts again, he doesn’t want to hang out with his old friends, because he feels he wouldn’t fit him anymore. He ends up sharing lunch with his embarrassing childhood friend and his friends who are all members of the debate team. And the weird, mysterious new girl, Cassidy Thorpe, who decides it is her job to take him on adventures. The Beginning of Everything is a wonderful coming of age story, about friendship and first love, and growing up and life. (review)
And that’s my selection for this week! Thanks for reading if you stayed until now, and I hope you enjoyed. Please feel free to recommend more similar books in the comment, or talk about those as I always love discussing books with y’all! Have a great Sunday!