English Reading Lists and Competitions

KS3 Reading list

Reading is one of life’s pleasures. It is also incredibly important to read to develop a more sophisticated vocabulary and to improve your writing skills.  

  Highly Recommended *            A challenge**                       Easy Read +

Classics

Modern Fiction

 

Non-Fiction

 

Richard Adams – Watership Down

 

Peter Abrahams -
Down the Rabbit Hole

 

Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl

 

Louisa May Alcott – Little Women*

 

Alison Gray-Allen – Unique+

 

Nigel Slater – Toast*

 

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

 

Isabel Allende - City of the Beasts

 

Adeline Yen Mah – Chinese Cinderella

 

Frances Burnett Hodgson – The Secret Garden

 

Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses* (3)

 

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life

 

Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca*

 

Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games Trilogy

 

Malala Yousafazi – I Am Malala

 

Daphne Du Maurier – Frenchman’s Creek

 

William Nicolson – The Wind Singer

 

Ibtisam Barakat: Tasting the Sky

 

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings**

 

Jamila Gavin – Coram Boy*

 

Andrea Warren: Surviving Hitler

 

George Orwell – Animal Farm

 

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars+

 

Laura Hillenbrand - Unbroken

 

P.G. Wodehouse – The Mating Season*

 

Anthony Horowitz – Stormbreaker

 

Karen Blumenthal – Steve Jobs

 

Evelyn Waugh – A Handful of Dust

 

Michelle Magorian – A Little Love Song

 

Bear Grylls – Mud, Sweat and Tears

 

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice*

 

Dodi Smith – I Capture the Castle*

 

Cece Bell – El Deafo

 

Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey

 

Yann Martel – Life of Pi**

 

Jung Chang – Wild Swans

 

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre**

 

Philip Pullman – The Northern Lights Trilogy*

 

Roald Dahl – Boy+*

 

Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights

 

Philip Reeve – Mortal Engines

 

Nick Hornby – Fever Pitch

 

Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird+

 

Veronica Roth - Divergent

 

Laurie Lee – Cider with Rosie

 

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hobbit+

 

Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Series+

 

Barack Obama – Dreams from my Father

 

Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers

 

Marcus Zusak – The Book Thief*

 

Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes

 

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein

 

J.K. Rowling – The Harry Potter Series

 

Thura Al-Windawi – Thura’s Diary

 

Homer – The Odyssey

 

Stephen Chobsky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

Zlata Filipovic – Zlata’s Diary

 

William Golding – Lord of the Flies

 

Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time*

 

Bill Bryson – The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

 

More Reading Options:

Humour (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

Crime and Mystery

Action

 

Douglas Adams -The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series*

 

Anne Cassidy – Forget Me Not

 

Bernard Ashely – No Way to Go

 

Bill Bryon – Notes from the Small Island+

 

Raymond Chandler – The Lady in the Lake

 

Kevin Brooks – Martyn Pig

 

Eoin Colfer – And Another Thing…

 

Agatha Christie – Cat Amongst the Pigeons

 

John Buchan – The Thirty Nine Steps*

 

Keren David – Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery

 

Agatha Christie – Sleeping Murder*

 

Lauren Child – Look Into My Eyes

 

Sue Townsend – Adrian Mole Series

 

Agatha Christie – The Moving Finger

 

Jack Higgins – The Eagle has Landed

 

Terry Pratchett – Discworld Series

 

Agatha Christie – Death in the Clouds

 

Robert Harris – Enigma*

 

Alexander McCall Smith – The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

 

Sandra Glover – Don’t Tell

 

John Le Carré – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy*

 

Gabrielle Zevlin – Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

 

Mary Hoffman – The Falconer’s Knot

 

Andrew Motion - Silver

Fantasy

 

Anthony Horowitz – The House of Silk+

Set in the Past/Historical

 

Ian Beck – Past World

 

Elmore Leonard – Get Shorty

 

Theresa Breslin – Spy for the Queen of Scots

 

Holly Black – The Red Glove

 

Sophie McKenzie – Close My Eyes

 

Philippa Gregory - Changeling

 

Cassandra Clare – Mortal Instruments Series

 

Rupert Wallace – The Dark Inside

 

Robert Harris – Imperium

 

Jason Delany – The Spook’s Series

 

Tim Wynne-Jones – The Boy in the Burning House

 

Mary Hoffman – David

 

Raymond Feist – The Riftwar Series

 

Rachel Ward – The Drowning

 

Mirjam Pressler – Shylock’s Daughter

 

Patrick Ness – Chaos Walking Series

 

P.D. James – The Private Patient

 

Chris Priestley – New World

 

Brandon Sanderson – The Mistborn Series

 

P.D. James – Death Comes to Pemberley

 

Cynthia Ozick – Bear Boy

 

Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Prince of Mists

 

Caroline Green – Hold Your Breath

 

Mary Renault – The Alexander Trilogy

 

Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind*

 

Marcus Sedgwick – White Crow

 

Steven Saylor – Roma

 

Barry Jonsbery – Being Here

 

Catherine Webb – Horatio Lyle Series

 

Ann Turnbull – No Shame, No Fear

 

Robert Jordan – The Wheel of Time Series

 

Lili Wilkinson – A Pocket Full of Eyes

 

Rafael Wilson – Saving Rafael

 

KS5 Reading List

 

Guardian's 100 Greatest novels (not on main list)
Title Author
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
Tristram Shandy Laurence Stern
Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Lados
Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock
The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac
The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal
Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
Moby Dick Herman Melville
The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Three Men in a Boat Jerome K Jerome
The Diary of a Nobody George Grissmith
The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
The Call of the Wild Jack London
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
The Rainbow DH Lawrence
The Good Soldier Ford Maddox Ford
Ulysses James Joyce
A Passage to India EM Forster
Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway
Journey to the End of the Night Louis- Ferdinand Celine
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
USA John Dos Passos
The Pursuit of Love Nancey Mitford
The Plague Albert Camus
Malone Dies Samuel Beckett
Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor
Charlotte's Web EB White
The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis
Lord of the Flies William Golding
The Quiet American Graham Greene
On the Road Jack Keouac
The Tin Drum Gunter Grass
Herzog Saul Bellow
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre
The Bottle Factory Outing Beryle Bainbridge
The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer
If on a Winter's Night Traveller Italo Calvino
A Bend in the River VS Naipaul
Waiting for the Barbarians JM Coetzee
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
Lanark Alasdair Gray
The BFG Roald Dahl
The Periodic Table Primo Levi
An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro
Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera
Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie
Wise Children Angela Carter
Northern Lights Philip Pullman
Austerlitz WG Sebald

 

 

Modern Library's 100 best novels (not on main or Guardian's list)
Title Author
The Sound and Fury William Faulkner
Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
Sons and Lovers DH Lawrence
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry
The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
I, Claudius Robert Graves
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
An American Tradegy Theodore Dreiser
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter  Carson McCullers
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Native Son Richard Wright
Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara
The Wings of a Dove Henry James
The Ambassadors Henry James
Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Studs Lonigan Trilogy James T Farrell
The Golden Bowl Henry James
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder
Howards End EM Forster
Go Tell it on the Mountain James Baldwin
The Heart of the Matter Graham Green
Deliverance James Dickey
A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell
Point Counter Point ous Huxley
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Secret Agent  Joseph Conrad
Women in Love DH Lawrence
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
The Naked and the Dead  Norman Mailer
Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabakov
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
Parade's End Ford Maddox Ford
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
The Moviegoer Walker Percy
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
From Here to Eternity James Jones
the Wapshot Chronicles John Cheever
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
Main Street Sinclair Lewis
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
The Alexandria Quartet Lawrence Durell
A High Wind in Jamaica  Richard Hughes
A House for Mr Biswas VS Naipaul
The Day of the Locust  Nathanael West
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
Finnegans Wake James Joyce
Kim Rudyard Kipling
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen
Ragtime EL Doctorow
The Old Wives' Tale Arnold Bennet
Loving  Henry Green
Tobacco Road Erskine Caldwell
Ironweed William Kennedy
The Magus  John Fowles
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
The Shltering Sky Paul Bowles
The Postman Always Rings Twice James M Cain
The Ginger Main JP Donleavy
The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington