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St Bernadette’s guide to being well read

St Bernadette’s guide to being well read, 100 + suggested books.

Reading a broad range of books will give you a broad and varied vocabulary

Top 10 classic books – Must Reads

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Top 10 Fantasy books

  • Harry Potter series 1- 7 by J.K. Rowling
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Name of the Wind  by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  • Neverwhere Neverwhere  by Neil Gaiman

Modern best sellers

  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
  • The fault in our stars by John Green
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
  • Flour Babies by Anne Fine
  • How I live now by Meg Rostoff
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

10 realistic novels for young adults

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman 
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Perfect Chemistry  by Simone Elkeles
  • The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

10 children’s books you should read no matter how old you are

  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass  by Lewis Carroll
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  by Roald Dahl
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson

Fiction about Rock and Pop

  • If I Stay  by Gayle Forman           
  • This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  • Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn        
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
  • Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • Out of the Box Regifted by Jennifer Theriot
  • The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Books about faraway places

  • Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart by Tim Butcher
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams  
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See 
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
  • An Ishmael of Syria by Asaad Almohammad

Biographies and autobiographies (documenting a person’s life)           

  • Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi by Katherine Frank
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Barrack Obama; Dreams from my Father – As story of race and inheritance  
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser
  • Marie Curie: A Life by Susan Quinn
  • Alex Ferguson: My autobiography
  • Jenson Button: Life to the Limit : My autobiography
  • Big Sam: My Autobiography: Sam Allardyce
  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
  • One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky and Matthew Trueman


  • The Devil in the White City by David McCullough
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  • Hiroshima by John Hersey
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Apartheid, 1948-1994

Fiction for GCSE students – Classics and 20th Century

  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Lord of the Flies by William Goulding
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • East, West by Salman Rusdie
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Half of Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    Please use the suggestions box in the library if you would like to read one of these books and you cannot find it.


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