5 best books: academia


This meme is hosted by Indie Reader Houston and every week she asks other people to give their 5 best books about an specific topic. This week the theme is Academia, which means books about school.

In this article you find our 5 best books about school.

A great and terrible beauty by Libba Bray

Review from Goodreads
A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy–jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

I (Katrien) really liked this story, which I normally don’t do with fantasy books. The whole school aspect was really interesting and that’s the reason why I decided to read the book. I read it in Dutch. (Een verschrikkelijke schoonheid)

Pulling Princes by Tyne O’Connell

Review from Goodreads
When Calypso returns from Los Angeles to her English boarding school for the summer term, she is determined to fit in with the popular crowd. Her plan is to pretend her mother’s gay assistant back home is her boyfriend. And to her surprise, the trick works…at least at first. She makes a whole batch of new friends, and even finds herself winning the unwritten contest to woo the prince at the boys’ school next door. But one girl, Honey, undermines all her efforts. When Calypso and Prince Freddy end up in the tabloids and everything seems set to go down the drain, it’s Calypso’s parents and sense of humour that save her from utter humiliation.
A fast-paced, laugh-out-loud-funny look at fitting in while still standing out…

This was a really funny book and we both liked it, but actually we don’t remember that much about it anymore.

Speelgoed by Bavo Dhooge (Dutch)

If you want to know more about it, just read our review here.

Remark: this review is in Dutch.

The story really touched us and we couldn’t even imagine that a teacher would hurt a pupil. It was really fascinating.





Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

There are 7 books about Harry Potter, a unpopular kid, who turns out to be a wizard. He goes to Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there he has to fight the most evil person on earth, who killed his parents. Most people have read the book, so a longer review is not necessary.

Like most children and other people, we really enjoyed reading the stories about Harry and his friends. I don’t think we can say more about it, but the books are marvellous!



The princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Review from Goodreads 
She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…
News flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo always meets her at the airport!)
Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)
Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.
The worst part: Princess lessons from her dreaded grand mere, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty no— way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO

A really funny and relaxing story about Mia who didn’t know she was a princess and one day… she became one! Very interesting!

So this were are five books about school! We hope you enjoyed it and maybe you read one of them! Leave a comment!

(By Katrien)


3 gedachtes over “5 best books: academia

  1. Hey Katrien, nice to see that you did the 5 Best Books this week.

    Harry Potter … somehow I didn’t think of that. A very good choice.

    I once read a book by Bavo Dhooge, I think it was called Spiegels, but I didn’t like it very much. Maybe his other books are better?

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