11 Dark Academia Books (And no, The Secret History by Donna Tartt is not on this list)

With fall just around the corner, there's something about the gothic, or at least, dark atmosphere that is the backdrop to many dark academia novels that is just what we need. Coupled with the quarantine, there's nothing quite like settling in with a book with intellectual characters getting into all sorts of trouble.

Dark Academia, but make it Arab

There's no doubt the dark academia aesthetic is appealing to many intellectuals. But at its core, it includes mostly WASPs - White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant. However, the trend is moving towards inclusion, and with my love of all things dark and elite (in books), here's a (short) list of Arab Dark Academia books, since the subgenre is so limited.