Reading Lists

Pupils in S1-3 enjoy 10 minutes of personal reading time each period in English and regular access to the library. Pupils in S4-6 are encouraged to build on this established habit in their free time, reading widely and often.

Here is a brief selection of books suggested for personal reading, recommended for pupils in S1-2, S3-4 and S5-6.

However, the best place to discover new books suitable for your age and tastes is the library; ask the librarians or your English teacher what they’d recommend!


Cover of

  • John Boyne – ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’
  • Eoin Colfer – ‘Half Moon Investigates’
  • Joe Craig – ‘Jimmy Coates: Killer’
  • Anthony Horowitz – ‘Stormbreaker’
  • Frances Harding – ‘The Lie Tree’
  • Rick Riordan – ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’
  • Malorie Blackman – ‘Noughts and Crosses’
  • Catherine Forde – ‘Fat Boy Swim’
  • Sophie McKenzie – ‘The Medusa Project: The Set-up’
  • Michael Morpurgo – ‘Warhorse’
  • Patrick Ness – ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’
  • Veronica Roth – ‘Divergent’
  • Suzanne Collins – ‘The Hunger Games’
  • Phillip Pullman – ‘Northern Lights’


Cover of

  • Michael Morpurgo – ‘Private Peaceful’
  • Meg Rosoff – ‘The Way We Live Now’
  • Douglas Adams – ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’
  • Sue Townsend – ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole’
  • Robert Harris – ‘Pompeii’
  • Geraldine McCaughrean – ‘Peter Pan in Scarlet’
  • Mark Haddon – ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’
  • Anne Frank – ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
  • Meera Syal – ‘Anita and Me’
  • Robert Louis Stevenson – ‘Treasure Island’
  • James Watson – ‘Talking in Whispers’
  • Aravind Adiga – ‘The White Tiger’


  • Maya Angelou – ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’c43f9fd7a04e71172d2a4df8e985706c.447x660x1.png
  • Iain Banks – ‘The Wasp Factory’
  • Roddy Doyle – ‘Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha’
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – ‘Never Let Me Go’
  • Anne Rice – ‘Interview with the Vampire’
  • Mary Shelley – ‘Frankenstein’
  • Bram Stoker – ‘Dracula’
  • Raymond Chandler – ‘The Big Sleep’
  • Ian Rankin – ‘Rebus’ titles
  • Kate Atkinson – ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’
  • Nick Hornby – ‘About a Boy’
  • Bernard MacLaverty – ‘Grace Notes’
  • Charlotte Bronte – ‘Jane Eyre’
  • Ray Bradbury – ‘The Ilustrated Man’ 
  • HG Wells – ‘The Time Machine’ 
  • Margaret Atwood – ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
  • Thomas Keneally – ‘Schindler’s Ark’
  • Ken Kesey – ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ 
  • Damon Runyon – ‘On Broadway’
  • Kurt Vonnegut – ‘Slaughterhouse 5’ 

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The texts below are often taught and studied by classes in S3-6. However, there’s nothing to stop you reading them in your own time, too, as they are not only literary classics, but also eminently readable!

  • Graham Greene – ‘Brighton Rock’
  • Harper Lee – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
  • William Golding – ‘Lord of the Flies’
  • Ray Bradbury – ‘Fahrenheit 451’
  • Laurie Lee – ‘Cider with Rosie’
  • George Orwell – ‘Animal Farm’
  • F Scott Fitzgerald – ‘The Great Gatsby’
  • Lewis Grassic Gibbon – ‘Sunset Song’

If you are still not sure what to read, then check out…

…or speak to the librarians!



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