Bonus Episode: Boarding School Novels with Meghan Phillips

Blind Date with a Book Boarding School Novels Bonus Episode

In this special bonus episode, we chat with writer and editor Meghan Phillips about her obsession with boarding school novels. What makes a good boarding school novel, and why are they all sort of spooky? Plus, we give you lots of recs for our favorite boarding school reads—just in time for Halloween.

Meghan is the author of the upcoming flash fiction chapbook, Abstinence Only, from Barrelhouse Magazine. Follow Meghan on Twitter for more boarding school recommendations and plenty of other bookish tweets.

Books Discussed

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The Lightness by Emily Temple

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt

The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

At Briarwood School for Girls by Michael Knight

Plain Bad Heroines by emily m danforth

True Biz by Sara Novic

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The World Cannot Give by Tara Isabella Burton

Bookstore Shout-Out

Pocket Books in Lancaster, PA

Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.