‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.’


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

A Back To School Freebie

For this week’s theme I’ve opted for books with a school or learning environment:

  1. The Harry Potter series by JKRowling.  As it’s HP Month I couldn’t resist.  Hogwarts!
  2. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough – this is a story set in high school.  When a young girl almost dies it becomes paramount that she finds out who her enemies are!  This is such a good story.
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – a place of study for would-be assassins.  A coveted number of places and a murderer amidst the students all lead to a fast paced and highly entertaining read.
  4. Black Heart by Holly Black – I really enjoyed this series about a family of curse workers.  The majority of the story is set in a school environment.
  5. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – this is not a book with students as such but a very unusual female who lives in the tunnels beneath the university.  A beautiful and quick read and a gorgeous little book.
  6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I couldn’t resist – a good portion of Kvothe’s tale is set in the university that he so desperately longed to attend.
  7. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead- in which vampires and their would be ‘body guards’ go to school together.
  8. The Secret History by Donna Tart – I loved this story – revolves around a student who desperately wants to belong to part of a school clic.  Beautifully dark.
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Two different settings here – when Jane is a student at Lowood Charity School and then later when she leaves to become governess at Thornfield Hall.
  10. Jane Steel by Lyndsay Faye – A story that has many similarities to Jane Eyre and in fact in which the protagonist’s life runs parallel to that of Jane Eyre for a portion of the story.  This is a read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

26 Responses to “‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.’”

  1. Book Club Mom

    Great idea – a fun list, even if you’re finished with school!

  2. Tammy

    The Secret History is one of my all time favorite books:-) Maybe it’s time for a reread!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love it and yet now I think about it, I’ve never reread it – which is crazy!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carmen

    I like the school settings. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – it’s amazing how many books have school like settings – I’ve probably only scratched the surface.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks 😀

  4. Jamie Wu

    Harry Potter! The Name of the Wind’s university was fun too. It actually kinda reminded me of Hogwarts funnily enough.

  5. Mariela

    SO I was about to comment to this list but I saw a link with Outlander cover and I have to click it!
    I ow The Name of the wind I have to read it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I definitely recommend Name of the Wind – it’s an excellent book.
      Lynn 😀

  6. _giovannard

    Great Top Ten! I LOVED the Vampire Academy series! I’ll have to check out these other books! 😀 My Top Ten Tuesday!

  7. Curious Daisy

    Can’t wait for Nevernight to come out. So excited about that book 😀 http://www.curious-daisy.com/top-ten-tuesday/top-10-books-from-my-childhood/

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – i really enjoyed Nevernight – even more than I expected.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Ellis Ferrell

    I just read Nevernight and loved it, especially their time at the Church. I’ve not read Black Heart, but it sounds like something I’d want to try.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really loved Nevernight too. Black Heart is the third in the series – I do like Holly Black – she has great imagination.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Danya @ Fine Print

    Who doesn’t love a good boarding school story? Jane Steele was bloody fantastic (pun absolutely intended), I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’ve never read anything quite like it.

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh cool, a lot of these I had no idea the story takes place in a school setting. I’m actually pretty excited to hear that for Nevernight and 13 Minutes!

  11. Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf

    This is a great idea! Harry Potter would definitely be at the top of my list as well 🙂 And I love that you included Jane Eyre–one of my favorites!

    Have you read Wonder by RJ Palacio? I immediately thought of that book when I saw your take on the prompt this week. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love Jane Eyre too – it’s one of my favourites.
      I haven’t read Wonder but I will definitely check it out – thank you so much.
      Lynn 😀

  12. jessicabookworm

    I love how you got Harry Potter into this week’s topic 🙂 I have also just finished reading Jane Steele 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh – I wonder what you made of Jane Steele – I’m half excited and half scared to see if you liked it or not! Fingers crossed and I eagerly await your review.
      Lynn 😀

  13. iloveheartlandx

    Love HP! I also really enjoyed 13 Minutes when I read it earlier in the month!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/top-ten-tuesday-72/

    • @lynnsbooks

      13 Minutes was great wasn’t it – I really like Sarah Pinborough though.
      Lynn 😀

      • iloveheartlandx

        Yes it was! This was actually the first book of hers I’ve read, but I definitely want to read more now!

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