Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set At School


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! This week, we’re focusing on books that are set at school. Going through my reads, I realized that, though I love picking up books that have school settings, I truly enjoyed only a handful 😅 That being said, some of my picks may be a bit of a stretch, but I think they work!

Let’s go ahead and dive in!


#1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’m sure almost everyone that follows my blog knows what this book is about. We’re following the story of a hero named Kvothe, as told when he is much older and owns an inn. But this first book in the series focuses on Kvothe’s origins and his time at a magical university. So that counts! I loved this book so much. It’s a thick one, but I was found myself flying through the story. It was completely immersive and just such a good time. I really need to continue on with this series.


#2. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

I had to get this series on this list! The first book in the Great Library series definitely focuses on the main character, Jesse, and his time at the training school of the Great Library of Alexandria. I loved following his schooling/training, but the best part was the relationships he developed while there. And the fact that he was totally supposed to be a plant for his black market, book selling family. This is such a great read!


#3. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

This one is kind of a stretch, but not really? I mean, Rin’s time at the elite military school, Sinegard, is fairly short in this book, but it is a good portion of the story! It counts *nod* Also, it was probably my favorite part of this book, though the whole story was absolutely fantastic. Devastating, but fantastic! I still haven’t finished this series because I love Rin so much and I’m scared of how her story ends in The Burning God 😭


#4. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Seeming as this is set on a college campus, it definitely fits this week’s theme. Also, it’s fantastic! We follow Bree, who is in an Early College program at UNC, but is also dealing with the recent death of her mother. While she’s settling in to this new life, her path crosses that of the Order of the Round Table, a secret society that contains the descendants of King Arthur and his knights. This was such an incredible read, with lots of action and themes that really stuck with me. I’m so excited for the sequel!


#5. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I’m rounding out my list with the book that introduced me to one of my favorite thriller writers. Karen M. McManus’ books are always a hit with me, and this isn’t my favorite, but it was first one that popped into my head when I read today’s theme. I love how quickly this book pulled me into the story and the resolution at the end was top-notch! It’s always a good day when a thriller can surprise me and this one certainly did.


What are your top five books that are set in a school? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

6 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set At School

    • At this point, I’ll read anything Karen McManus writes! She just has a way with YA thrillers that I can’t get enough of. Oh, I hop you enjoy Legendborn when you get around to it! It was such a thrilling read!

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  1. Ooh, I didn’t know that Legendborn was set in a school 🤔 But I also haven’t read the synopsis in a very long time so it could just be my awful memory, lol. I loved the Ink and Bone books, Poppy War and OOUIL! I also TOTALLY forgot Name of the Wind was set in schools and all—more reason to re-read the book. Great post!

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