NEW : English Literature Reading List for the summer (2017)

Suggested Reading – OIB 2017-2018

The very best English students are those who read widely. If you are coming in to the OIB class, then you need to be well read.

If you are coming into year 11 (seconde) I suggest you choose from the “easier reads” at the bottom of the list.

Below is a list of challenging and literary novels ranging from ‘classics’ to more modern winners of literary awards. They have been chosen for their literary value and because I have enjoyed them.

At the end is a list of slightly less demanding reads which might make a good starting point for those wanting to develop their reading muscles before attacking the classics!

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons

Gulliver’s Travels Jonathon Swift

Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy

A Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

Silas Marner George Eliot

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

1984 George Orwell

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

1000 Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

The Book Thief Marcus Zusak

Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami

Enduring Love Ian McEwan

Atonement Ian McEwan

Catcher in the Rye J D Sallinger

Brighton Rock Graham Greene

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

Falling Man Don DeLillo

Spies Michael Frayn

The Road Cormac McCarthy

Black Swan Green David Mitchell

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things Jon McGregor

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

White Teeth Zadie Smith

Wild Swans Jung Chang

Engleby Sebastian Faulks

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

The Time Machine H G Wells

Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder

Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For a slightly lighter read…

Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

Martyn Pyg – Kevin Brooks

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

The King of the Castle – Susan Hill

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

His Dark Materials Trilogy – Phillip Pullman

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – John Le Carre

Tales of The Otori (trilogy) – Lian Hearn

The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

Slumdog Millionaire – Vikas Swarup

Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

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