Top 25 Best Dark Academia Books of All Time

Discover the moody and ominous world of dark academia books, where intellectual pursuits and imperfect human nature converge in hallowed school halls.

This list of the best dark academia books aims to please everyone, with a varied list including romance, fantasy, classics, YA, and other novels set in school and exploring dark themes.

All the Best Dark Academia Books

• Ace of Spades by by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

• Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

• Babel by R.F. Kuang

• Bunny by Mona Awad

• Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

• Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

• Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

• Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

What is considered dark academia books?

Dark academia books take place at a school that is most often prestigious, gothic, and/or exclusive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people like dark academia?

Dark academia books are often liked for being thrilling, suspenseful, mysterious, dark, nostalgic, revealing, and even otherworldly.

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