English Reading List - Summer 2017

English Reading List


Texts are suitable for Years 10 – 13

Titles marked * are award winners and have been critically acclaimed (for example, Booker Prize / Orange Prize winners).

 

Autobiography:

  • The Diving Bell and The Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby

  • My Left Foot – Christy Brown

  • Wild Swans - Jung Chang

  • Moab is my Washpot – Stephen Fry

  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

  • Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee

  • Angela’s Ashes* – Frank McCourt

 

Classics:

  • Emma - Jane Austen

  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

  • Persuasion - Jane Austen

  • Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

  • Northanger Abbey  - Jane Austen

  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

  • Wuthering Heights -  Emily Bronte

  • The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

  • The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

  • Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

  • Sherlock Holmes Series -  Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The Mill on The Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch - George Eliot

  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy

  • The Turn of the Screw, What Maisie Knew – Henry James

  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

  • The Narnia series – C S Lewis

  • The Fall of the House of Usher and other stories – Edgar Allan Poe

  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

 

Comedy:

  • Solar – Ian McEwan

  • The Graveyard Book* – Neil Gaiman

  • Flush – Carl Hiaasen

  • Chomp – Carl Hiaasen

  • The Skulduggery Pleasant series* – Derek Landy

  • There is No Dog – Meg Rosoff

  • Adrian Mole (series)* – Sue Townsend

  • Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

 

Fantasy:

  • The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor

  • The Hunger Games trilogy* – Suzanne Collins

  • Gone series* – Michael Grant

  • The Twilight series* – Stephenie Meyer

  • Cloud Atlas* - David Mitchell  

  • Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (Dark Materials Trilogy)* – Philip Pullman

  • Shiver (first in a series)* – Maggie Stiefvater

  • The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

·         Gulliver’s Travels  - Jonathan Swift

 

Gothic/Horror:

  • The Woman in Black - Susan Hill

  • The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe

  • Frankenstein –  Mary Shelley

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson  

  • Dracula – Bram Stoker

 

Issues:

  • Noughts and Crosses (series of 4)* – Malorie Blackman

  • Bog Child – Siobhan Dowd*

  • Saving Daisy – Phil Earle

  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time* – Mark Haddon

  • A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

  • I’m The King of the Castle* – Susan Hill

  • A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines

  • The Island* – Victoria Hislop

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

  • To Kill a Mockingbird* – Harper Lee

  • Small Island* –  Andrea Levy

  • Everybody Jam – Ali Lewis

  • Cloud Atlas* - David Mitchell  

  • Gone with the Wind* – Margaret Mitchell

  • The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson

  • A Monster Calls* – Patrick Ness

  • House Rules – Jodi Picoult

  • The Pact – Jodi Picoult

  • Wide Sargasso Sea* – Jean Rhys

  • How I Live Now* - Meg Rosoff  

  • The Catcher in the Rye –  J.D. Salinger

  • We Need to Talk about Kevin* – Lionel Shriver

  • The Stranger – Sarah Singleton

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie* – Muriel Spark

  • The Help* – Kathryn Stockett

  • Out of Shadows* – Jason Wallace

 

Mystery/suspense/detective:

  • Emotionally Weird – Kate Atkinson

  • Looking for JJ* - Anne Cassidy  

  • In Darkness – Nick Lake

  • The Alex Cross series* – James Patterson

  • Starters – Lissa Price

  • The Lovely Bones* – Alice Sebold

  • We Need to Talk about Kevin* – Lionel Shriver

 

Romance/unrequited love:

  • Forever *- Judy Blume   

  • The Girl with the Pearl Earring* - Tracy Chevalier

  • Waves – Sharon Dogar

  • Rebecca* - Daphne du Maurier   

  • Hush, Hush (first in series) – Becca Fitzpatrick

  • The Thread – Victoria Hislop

  • Enduring Love –Ian McEwan

  • The Rose of Sebastopol* – Katharine McMahon

  • The Twilight series* – Stephenie Meyer

  • One Day* – David Nicholls

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

  • I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith  

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

 

Science Fiction:

  • Brave New World* – Aldous Huxley

  • Fahrenheit 451* – Ray Bradbury

  • Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K Dick

  • War of the Worlds – H G Wells

  • The Time Machine – H.G. Wells

 

Travel /Adventure:

·         iBoy – Kevin Brooks

·         Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson  

  • A Room with a View – E. M. Forster

  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster

  • Gone series – Michael Grant

  • Follow Me Down - Julie Hearn  

  • The Alex Rider series* – Anthony Horowitz

  • Unhooking the Moon* – Gregory Hughes

·         Life of Pi* – Yann Martel

  • The Time Traveller’s Wife* – Audrey Niffenegger

  • Time Riders series – Alex Scarrow

 

War/historical:

  • Regeneration trilogy* – Pat Barker

  • True History of the Kelly Gang* – Peter Carey

  • Parrot and Oliver in America* – Peter Carey

  • The Girl with the Pearl Earring* - Tracy Chevalier

  • Chocolate Cake with Hitler – Emma Craigie

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

  • Annexed – Sharon Dogar

  • Revolution – Jennifer Donnelly

  • Empire of the Sun* – J.G. Ballard

  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

  • The Island* – Victoria Hislop

  • The Thread – Victoria Hislop

  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

  • Atonement* – Ian McEwan

  • The Rose of Sebastopol* – Katharine McMahon

  • Gone With the Wind* - Margaret Mitchell   

  • War Horse* – Michael Morpurgo

  • Life: an Exploded Diagram – Mal Peet

  • The Bride’s Farewell* – Meg Rosoff

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

  • Between Shades of Gray – Ruth Sepetys

  • Sacrifice – Sarah Singleton

  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan

  • Out of Shadows* – Jason Wallace

  • The Book Thief* – Marcus Zusak