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Top 100 Fiction Books to Read Before Leaving Secondary School

From Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four to recent popular stories like the Harry Potter series, take a journey through the Times Higher Education list of top 100 books teachers have recommended for students at key stages 3 and 4.

  • Top books for secondary students

1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
6. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
7. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
8. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
12. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
15. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
17. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
18. A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
19. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
20. Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
21. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
22. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
23. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
24. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
25. A Passage to India by EM Forster
26. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
27. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
28. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
29. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
30. Holes by Louis Sachar
31. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
32. The Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman
33. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
34. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
35. Atonement by Ian McEwan
36. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
37. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
38. Dracula by Bram Stoker
39. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
=40. A Room With a View by EM Forster
=40. Beloved by Toni Morrison
42. Wonder by RJ Palacio
43. Emma by Jane Austen
44. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
=45. Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngoxi Adichie
=45. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
47. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
48. The Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
49. Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
50. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
51. Anita and Me by Meera Syal
52. The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
53. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
54. Skellig by David Almond
55. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
56. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
57. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
58. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
59. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
60. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
61. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
62. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
63. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
64. Dubliners by James Joyce
65. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
66. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
67. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
68. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
=69. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
=69. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
=71. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
=71. I am David by Anne Holm
=73. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
=73. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
=73. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
76. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
77. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin
78. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
=79. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
=79. Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
=79. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
82. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
=83. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
=83. Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
=83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
=86. A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
=86. Heroes by Robert Cormier
88. Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
=89. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
=89. Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
91. Forever by Judy Blume
=92. Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
=92. Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
94. A Time to Dance by Bernard MacLaverty
=95. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
=95. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
=97. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells
=97. The Tracy Beaker series by Jacqueline Wilson
=99. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
=99. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
=99. The Time Machine by HG Wells

It is a long list, isn't it? How many of these books have you actually read, cover to cover?

Source: timeshighereducation.co.uk

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