Six for Sunday is a weekly feature created by Steph from A Little But A Lot, and this week’s theme is :
Books Set In School
This theme seems particularly appropriate this week as I go back to school tomorrow
unfortunately so I’ve enjoyed reflecting on all these books which has definitely romanticised my going back.
1. Harry Potter series, J K Rowling
It had to make the list, didn’t it? Whilst it’s not a realistic representation of school in any shape or form (although I’d much prefer Hogwarts a lot of the time), the characters are relatable through and through. I’ll always identify myself as a bit of a Hermione and despite not having read the books in years – the movies are such good fun to rewatch!
2. Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
Although it initially seemed like a Hogwarts replica at first, Watford School of Magicks can hold its own any day – especially as it contains Simon and Baz (two of my favourite idiot wizards). Of course, at this point it’s hard to mention Carry On without dropping the fact that its sequel is coming out so soon – 3rd October (the UK is after the US, rip) here we come !!!
3. Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
What a heart warming book! Simon Vs tends to be my immediate go-to when I need a good, comfort read – I never get tired of it and it always lifts my spirits. It’s another book with a film attached (Love, Simon) which I love as well – despite it straying from the original plot but they’re both cute and enjoyable in their own ways (I just have to separate the two in my head sometimes!).
4. Am I Normal Yet?, Holly Bourne
Holly Bourne writes books with a message – whether it be on feminism and the patriarchy, or self-acceptance and mental health. She depicts the struggles of navigating academic life along with friendships in a down to earth way whilst adding in reminders of what matters – you and your mental health above school life and stresses.
5. Alex Rider series, Anthony Horowitz
The first proper throwback book in here – I read the Alex Rider series back in primary school when I was around 9-11 when the schoolboy spy trope was all the rage. I won’t lie, Alex Rider was one of my first fictional crushes and looking back on the series now – I can’t say I’m ashamed of my choices.
6. Malory Towers series, Enid Blyton
Now this manages to go back even further than Alex Rider does. My younger self would read Malory Towers and imagine what life would be at boarding school – full of sneaking out of dorms and midnight feasts – essentially completely realistic expectations for sure.
7. Young Bond series, Charlie Higson
What was life like for James Bond when he was a teen? Apparently the same as it was in adulthood, just without the debauchery, according to Young Bond. My parents were never into the Bond film so I was never exposed to them growing up and to this day I’ve only seen one of the films (Skyfall, if you’re interested) so I went into this series with no preconceptions to Bond’s character whatsoever. Whilst that does mean I haven’t got the foggiest idea to whether it accurately portrays Bond’s character, I can tell you that 13 year old me did enjoy the books enough to continue pinching them from her brother’s bookshelf (with permission, of course).
8. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, Patrick Ness
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here provides a different outlook on the superhero life – what if you were just a normal kid at school, not the hero, onlooking all the events – what if you’re not the chosen one? This one is probably the most original and and the one unlike the others on this list, but alas equally enjoyable. Ness is rather inconsistent in his subject matter which I like, as whilst his style remains similar it adds an element of unpredictability. Although it hasn’t been my favourite of his (A Monster Calls or More Than This would be in competition for that spot) I preferred it to Release, and it’s still a good book – it’s simply against tough opponents.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Perks has never been high up on books that I’ve read but it’s a classic so I thought I’d give it a mention. I think my disappointment when reading this partially stemmed from my high exceptions prior from other people, as well as not being able to fully empathise with the main character. I’m yet to watch the movie, however I’ve been told it’s good and it does star Emma Watson so I’ll probably get round to seeing it at some point.
10. One of Us is Lying, Karen M McManus
This high school-set novel is a murder mystery as well, so that spices things up. I went into reading it thinking that it would be a lot more cliche than it turned out to be so that was a pleasant surprise for sure. There’s a bit of romance (isn’t there always?) which I remember enjoying a few years back when I read it, it’s an easy YA read but a good one nonetheless so I’d pick it up if you want a slightly less traditional story-line.
Have you read any of the books that made the list this week?