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The 29 Best Dark Academia Books

Dark Academia is a subculture that glorifies the beauty of knowledge, literature, and art, often with a gothic or melancholic twist. The genre's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, inspiring a new wave of novels that explore the dark, intellectual, and sometimes macabre themes of the movement.

From murder mysteries to haunting coming-of-age stories, the best Dark Academia books offer a unique and captivating reading experience. In this list of 29 best Dark Academia books, we will take you on a journey through some of the most thought-provoking and enthralling reads that will satiate your inner intellectual and give you a glimpse into the world of the subculture.

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  • Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Jane Eyre
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Dracula
  • The Secret History
  • The Historian
  • Never Let Me Go
  • The Song of Achilles
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)
  • The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
  • The Goldfinch
  • Vicious (Villains #1)
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
  • If We Were Villains
  • Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)
  • The Starless Sea
  • Bunny
  • Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)
  • Piranesi
  • My Dark Vanessa
  • These Violent Delights
  • A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1)
  • The Atlas Six (Atlas #1)
  • A Lesson in Vengeance
  • Ace of Spades
  • Babel: An Arcane History