Stories set in boarding schools have always fascinated and enthralled me. It all started when I was younger and first read a certain fantasy series that would literally change my life by instilling a love of reading in me.
That’s right. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling was the first boarding school book I ever read, and I instantly fell in love. There’s just something about being stuck at school all the time that makes for the most interesting adventures. I think it’s the fact that the characters live together and therefore are never really apart. With books set in normal schools, the action tends to only happen during the span of the school day. But with boarding school books, the story never has to pause with the ringing of the end-of-the-day bell.
I also love the great traditions that boarding schools always seem to have. Each year at Hogwarts you can count on the first-years being sorted by the Sorting Hat, making trips to Hogsmeade, and watching exciting Quidditch games. My own school in real life has some loose traditions that we try to maintain each year, but nothing as rich, permanent, or fun as the ones I’ve read about it boarding school books. I think that part of my love of these books has to do with wanting to experience these traditions for myself.
And the teachers. My word, the teachers in these boarding school stories! There’s always one that I love, that I wish was my wise grandparent that I could go to for advice and general words of wisdom. There’s Dumbledore in Harry Potter, Dr. Hyde in Looking for Alaska by John Green, Hannah (not really a teacher, but still an adult at the school) in Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta- the list goes on and on! I really appreciate dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, and all of these people hold special places in my literary heart.
To be honest, that all I’ve really gleaned so far about my love of boarding school books. I’ve always loved them and will continue to love them, and I guess that’s that.
Do you love boarding school books? If so, what are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments section below!