I found this meme on BrokeAndBookish ! The theme I picked for this one is Top 10 bookish schools (In books I read)
Illustration from: Pottermore
1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” ~
I figured we should go ahead with the obvious first! Hogwarts is like, half the story in the HP series! It’s all been said before, but Hogwarts is not just where most of the books’ events take place, but also Harry’s home, even though he doesn’t do exceptionally well in most of the school subjects besides Defence Against the Dark Arts, in addition to Snape making his time during Potions miserable, the friends he made there and the magic itself made of Hogwarts somewhere we all would give dearly to experience.
2. The University; The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
In the world of TNOTW, The University is THE university, it is well-known and renowned, covers a lot of ground, and is home to the Archives, a huge library with the rarest books of any scholar’s dreams. Bonus; it has its own asylum 😆 *creepy smile* To enter, you need to pay tuition, and it depends on your skills and knowledge. It sounds terrible, but it has the best teachers and resources around the country.
3. Eleanor West’s Home For Wayward Children; Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan
Raising her hand to shield her eyes, the girl looked toward the manor, pausing when she saw the sign that hung from the porch eaves. ELEANOR WEST’S HOME FOR WAYWARD CHILDREN it read, in large letters.
Below, in smaller letters, it continued NO SOLICITATION, NO VISITORS, NO QUESTS.
Here is a real sanctuary; a refuge for children who can’t make it in our world because they belong in other fantastical ones, and all that is waiting for them here is an asylum if they tell the truth; that a portal opened to them, and they crossed to worlds we believed imaginary.
I think Eleanor’s Home is a truly precious place, as it saves those children from completely shattering against our reality if they go unaided, and teaches them to cope with the transit. It also sends a message to those of us who are strangers to this world, those of us bookworms who belong in Hogwarts and Narnia.
4. Watford; Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Now, Watford isn’t Hogwarts, but it is where most of the events of Carry On take place. It is a regular magic school, what’s special about it is that you can attend it even if you’re a vampire. Or a pixie. Or if you can barely use magic without causing a ruckus. I would love to attend a single lesson of Political Science. I would want to see how they learn and what the heck Political Science even is 😂
5. The Institute; Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This is less of a school and more of a training center, and it’s strictly for the best of the best. Its training methods rely on ‘may the strongest survive’, and even though they are utterly ruthless, they are nevertheless efficient…if you’re looking to become a monster.
6. Middle School – Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
My favorite graphic novel series (not counting mangas, I can’t choose among those 😢) I always come back to these when I feel down, and it works 💙 The school here shines by the way its characters behave, in an often nonsensical and hilarious way.
7. Brookline; Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Now this one, I had to include 😀 Mostly because it literally was an asylum before. As in, when loonies in white performed lobotomies thinking it was actually a cure and completely humane. This then-asylum, now-university is the creepiest thing ever, I kid you not. Honestly, read this book. I think I’m gonna reread it myself…
8. Camp Half-Blood of Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
I don’t care, Camp Half Blood is a school, of some sort. Here, my demigod friends, you get claimed by your godly parent, move to a cabin corresponding to said parents with your other half-siblings, learn to fight, use your powers, play some capture the flag and go on deadly quests ! What could be better 💙 ?
9. Boyle Survival College; The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
Welcome to this wonderful bootcamp-like place ! It’s true that the instructors can be quite *insert insult* but believe me, the skills they teach here make the difference between life and death. Especially if you could get teleported for 3 minutes to a hostile world of evil fairies who’re waiting to hand you a gruesome demise at (literally) any second.
10. Brakebills; The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Brakebills is more like college than a school. What I love about it is that in order to enter, you get through a series of tests to see what you’re made of, exactly how smart you are. It’s one of the best magic schools around, and you can be sure every student that made it there was, among normal folk, first of their class or high school or among the brightest the country has go offer.
Even though I didn’t find the book terribly thrilling, I always enjoyed the time Quentin (The MC) spent at Brakebills, and it ended up being a sanctuary for him. Because, of course, when you go to a magic school, everywhere else might look a bit gray 😂
That’s it for my first bookish meme ever ! Besides maybe a school of fish
-Not sorry for the pun btw-😂
So that’s it, peeps, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday ! Have a thought about these books ? Any ideas on what I should or should not have included ? I’ll be waiting to see it all in the comments !