‘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.