Monday, August 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Back to School in which I am featuring books set in or around schools that are on my TBR pile.

1. Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik ~ Set in an exclusive New England prep school where one sister investigates the death of her younger sister.



2. School for Psychics (#1) by K.C. Archer ~ Set in San Francisco, in just as the title suggests, a school for psychics, where students learn how to use their psychic abilities to serve the government.



3. Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1) by Jen Calonita ~ Can you imagine Cinderella's stepmother as a headmistress of a reform school? Well, she is. And 12 year old Gilly is the latest student sent there after her third infraction. This one is set in Enchantasia.



4. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis ~ A historical fiction novel set partly in a long lost art school in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. In 1928, Clara is looking forward to a bright future as an art instructor, while in 1974, Virginia is just trying to make enough money to pay her daughter's way in college.



5. The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant ~ This novel is based on a true story about a devastating New London School explosion on 1937 in Texas.



6. The Magicians (#1) by Lev Grossman ~ Upstate New York seems to be the perfect setting for a college of magic where just about anything can happen.



7. The Affliction by Beth Gutcheon ~ Murder strikes at a boarding school along the Hudson River.



8. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi ~ Set in Afghanistan, this novel touches on the bacha posh tradition, which allows a girl to dress and go to school as a boy until she is of marriageable age. 


9. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James ~ Set in a boarding school in Vermont for unwanted girls called Idlewild Hall. The year is 2014, and the school is being restored. A young woman starts to look into its past for a story she is writing, including the death of her sister there twenty years before.



10. When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis ~ Breaking tradition, a woman becomes the first high school football couch in this high school town while the men are off to war. Based on a true story.


Do you enjoy reading books with a school setting? Have you read any of these?


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50 comments:

  1. I confess I've not read any of your books. Apparently I avoid school related books. Ha! School related TTT

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    1. Anne - Evidently I don't read many of them either since so many are still in my TBR pile. :-) Seriously though, hopefully these will be good.

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  2. Dark Rooms has really caught my eye. I'm intrigued by many of the books on your list. My TTT

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    1. Chrissi - Doesn't that one sound good? I hope it is. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Dark Rooms and School for Psychics look like books I'd like. I seem to always fall for the secret training academy/ school for kids with powers thing lol.

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    1. Greg - Me too. There's just something about a secret school that is a big draw for me. Add in the paranormal, and it's even better!

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  4. Ah The Magicians sounds so good-I still need to read it!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/top-ten-tuesday-174/

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    1. Jo - I think so too. I know it's gotten mixed reviews, but I am looking forward to giving it a try for myself.

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  5. I've only read The Magicians and I didn't love it.

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  6. I do like school settings. I didn't like The Magicians, but I loved The Broken Girls!

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    1. Jenclair - I am really looking forward to reading The Broken Girls. I keep hearing great things about it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. The Daisy Children is on my TBR. I can't wait to read it!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Astilbe - Me either. It sounds like it will be good!

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  8. Flunked has been on my TBR forever. It looks great! And I just picked up a copy of The Magicians. There has been so much hype around it so I'm hoping I still enjoy it :) Great choice for this week's prompt!

    Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

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    1. Megan - Doesn't Flunk sound like it will be a lot of fun? I hope you read and enjoy both The Magicians and Flunked! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Ooh, I'm a huge fan of The Magicians. Are you watching the TV show based on it? I think they're doing a stellar job so far of translating the original story to the small screen.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by to visit earlier today.

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    1. Astilbe - I saw the first episode of The Magicians and decided I wanted to read the books first. I'm just very slow about it. :-( Both are on my to read/watch list. I am glad to hear it's well done! I have something to look forward to.

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  10. Flunked sounds like a scary story. When the Men Were Gone sounds interesting. I haven't read any of these though.

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    1. Brooke Lorren - I have a feeling Flunked will be a lot of fun. Although I am not a football fan, I am curious about When the Men Were Gone. Hopefully both will be good. Thanks for visiting!

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  11. Haven't read any of these yet, but The Magicians has been on my TBR for a while. Flunked looks really cute!

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    1. Lindsey - I think it looks cute too. I love the cover of Flunked. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. The first four books on your list sound especially good to me, as does When The Men Were Gone. I need to learn to read a little faster so I can get to all of them before I add even more new titles to my TBR list. :D

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    1. Lark - I wish I could read faster too. So many good books and not enough reading time.

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  13. I'm kind of curious about The Magicians. I like magic and school stories very much (thanks, HP).

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    1. Alicia - Haha! Me too. Nothing beats the Harry Potter books.

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  14. I haven't read any of the books in your post... So I have new to me books to explore!

    Here's a link to my TTT post this week: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/08/top-ten-tuesday-back-to-schoollearning.html

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    1. Captivated Reader - Hopefully they will all turn out to be good. I am looking forward to reading them.

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  15. I haven't read any of these yet but I do have a copy of Flunked to read at some point. I love the cover of Flunked :)

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  16. I really want to read both The Magicians and The Broken Girls.

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  17. What a great list of top ten! I love that title for Flunked. I haven't done one of these in a while so I'll have to catch up on the topics coming up!

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    1. Iliana - Thank you! I haven't done one in awhile either and figured this one was a good place to jump back in. Thanks for visiting!

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  18. Great list for this weeks TTT topic. I haven't read any of the books you listed, but the mysteries do look interesting.

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    1. Jovita - Thank you! Hopefully they will all be as good as they sound. :-)

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  19. I'm always drawn to books with a school setting. I wish I loved "School for Psychics" more... hopefully the next book will be better. And oh "The Broken Girls" is one of my favourite reads.

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    1. Melody - I wish you had too. Hopefully I will enjoy it--and then the next book will be even better! I am really looking forward to reading The Broken Girls!

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  20. The Magicians is on my TBR list too! I feel like so many people have popped out of the woodworks to tell me to read it lately. So many books, so little time. . .

    My TTT https://wp.me/p3ftwe-WI

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    1. Jazmin - We really should read The Magicians. I have the same problem though--not enough time and so many books!

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  21. I quite enjoyed The Magicians. Flunked looks quite interesting.

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    1. Annemieke - I am glad to hear it! I hope I will too. And Flunked does sound fun, doesn't it?

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  22. The only thing I've read in the series is The Masterpiece and I really enjoyed it! I think you will too. Flunked looks so cute and The Broken Girls is on my TBR. The Daisy Girls is new to me but it sounds like one I need to read.

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    1. Katherine - If you enjoyed The Masterpiece, I am sure I will too. :-)

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  23. Ooooh, all of these sound fantastic, especially The Broken Girls. I wonder if it's just mystery or if there's going to be a tinge of horror in it (the description makes me wonder)

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    1. Eustacia - I am looking forward to finally reading Broken Girls. I've been wondering about that too! Thanks for visiting!

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  24. So fun to read these lists - so many books set in schools!

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    1. Lisa - There is a lot of material for novels that can come out of schools, I guess. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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