Any reading is better than nothing and research suggests 10 minutes reading a day as a habit has more benefit than well intentioned reading of classic literature that dies off quickly. Of course, reading fab literature for pleasure is best of all!

If you are not a secure reader, Barrington Stoke do great books, age appropriate stories with low reading ages. We have lots in the library. They do versions of classic texts as well.

Excellent fiction would include those nominated for awards such as KYBA and the Carnegie – KYBA shortlist, voted by Cornish teenagers: Entangled by Cat Clarke, Itch by Simon Mayo, My Name is Mina by David Almond, Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans, White Dolphin by Gill Lewis and Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Carnegie Greenaway has their shortlist, reviews and quick activities too.

For those who want a reading list that has prospective GCSE texts, this is the BBC Bitesize provisional list for GCSEs in 2017:


A Christmas Carol
Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde
Pride & Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Great Expectations
War of the Worlds
Silas Marner
The Sign of Four


An Inspector Calls
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies
Curious Incident… play version
Anita and Me
Blood Brothers
History Boys
Never Let me Go
Taste of Honey
Pigeon English
Journeys End
Woman in Black
Hobson’s Choice
My Mother said I never should


Romeo & Juliet
Much Ado About Nothing
The Tempest
Merchant of Venice
Julius Caesar
Twelfth Night
Henry V