Here is my first post in a new series here at the blog: Read-Bait! Over the coming weeks, I’ll be featuring different words or phrases that catch my eye in book descriptions, the books I’ve read under those categories, and the books I plan on reading. I hope it shares some insight about my reading preferences and interests. As always, feel free to recommend any books you’d think I like!
You know how it goes: you’re browsing Goodreads, clicking on books that look interesting, and checking out their summaries. All of a sudden you see a certain word or phrase in the synopsis that triggers an automatic reaction to click that “Want to Read” button. I call this “read-bait” – any word(s) that make you instantly think that you MUST read this book. One example for me is…
The minute I see a plot summary for a book involving some kind of special school, I’m on board. I loved the idea of attending boarding school when I was younger: living with your classmates, walking to class like you’re at college – it all sounded awesome. My first foray into this category was the Private series by Kate Brian. It featured a girl who attended private school on scholarship and got involved in some pretttttty crazy shit, including murders, mean girls, and boy drama. Along that same vein, when Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar branched out and gave Jenny her own series, The It Girl, I was in heaven. Jenny was headed to boarding school! YAAAS. It was essentially the same kind of series but just took place in an even cooler location. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (speaking of cool locations) takes place at an American boarding school in PARIS. I was head over heels within the first chapter. Another way to hook me in this category is if there’s some kind of magic involved. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is one of my favorite series and is one of few historical fiction books I’ve enjoyed. Of course my recent Gallagher Girls reread has brought the Gallagher Academy back into my life. I’d Tell You I’d Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is probably a less mature version than the rest of these books, but still a unique boarding school premise. All of the girls are training to be spies and live in a giant mansion. Sign me up.
I have quite a few books on my TBR that fall under this general umbrella. Oddly enough, three out of the five books pictured here I just bought in my most recent Book Outlet haul. I must have subconsciously decided that I haven’t read a boarding school book in a while!
- Fantasy, mythology, or paranormal: Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, Shadow Falls series by CC Hunter, Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
- Mystery: Prep School Confidential series by Kara Taylor
- Honestly not sure what category because I only added it to my TBR because everyone’s obsessed with it: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta