This year we are introducing a monthly thematic reading list. Tutors will go through this with their tutor group at the start of each month and encourage students to read as many of the books as possible. A large number of the books will be available to request from the LRC.

November reading list – celebrating the diversity of men

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated in over 80 countries on 19 November. The aim of IMD is to celebrate men and boys in all their diversity. This list focuses on some of the issues men overcome as well as championing some excellent books with strong male protagonists.



· Boy Under Water, by Adam Baron**

· Tangerine, by Edward Bloor**

· The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne

· The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket, by John Boyne**

· Alone, by D.J. Brazier

· Efren Divided, by Ernesto Cisneros

· Boy 87, by Ele Fountain

· The Bubble Boy, by Stewart Foster**

· Jamie Johnson Football Series, by Dan Freedman**

· The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gammon

· My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George**

· The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

· Race to the Frozen North, by Catherine Johnson

· Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones*

· Darius the Great is Not Ok, by Abid Khorram

· The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver*

· The Art of Starving, by Sam J Miller

· Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo

· Monster, by Walter Dean Myers

· A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

· Release, by Patrick Ness

· Freak the Mighty (Scolastic Gold), by Rodman Philbrick**

· Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds

· Ghost Boy, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

· The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger*

· Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork


Non fiction:

· The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama*

· Heroes: The Myths of the Ancient Greek heroes retold, by Stephen Fry*

· Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea, by Sungju Lee & Susan Elizabeth McClelland

· It’s Only Banter: The Autobiography of Leroy Rosenior, by Leroy Rosenior

· They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei

** =for younger readers

* = challenging read; for ambitious readers

Previous Reading Lists

September 2020

September’s reading list is ‘Top Authors to follow on Social Media’ (for ages 13+). We encourage you to have a look at both the authors and the books that they have written. There really is something there for everyone!

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they create an account

Top authors to follow on social media 

  1. Ally Carter (@theallycarter)

New York Times bestselling author of the YA books series The Gallagher Girls  and The Heist Society Series about teenage spies and teenagers


  1. Patrice Lawrence (@lawrencepatrice)

A British award winner writer and journalist, Lawrence’s Orangeboy and Rose, Interrupted are gripping reads about teenagers overcoming situations none of us would want to be in


  1. Amie Kaufman (@amiekaufmanauthor)

Co-author of the thrilling bestselling series Starbound Trilogy and the Illuminae Files. Her novels focus on teenage science fiction and fantasy


  1. John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks)

The author of many award-winning novels such as The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. He is known for his witty and inspiring posts


  1. Jay Asher (@jayasher13)

An author that takes on the most serious, deadly problems today’s teenagers face. His first book, Thirteen Reasons Why has won numerous awards. His second co-authored book is called The Future Of Us  


  1. Gayle Forman (@gayleforman)
    Known worldwide for her bestselling novel If I Stay, the story about Mia: a 17-year old girl who has to make a choice after being involved in a car accident. The book has been adapted into a film of the same title


  1. Leigh Bardugo (@lbardugo)

Bardugo writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels and is the author of the bestselling series The Grisha


  1. Non Pratt (@nonpratt)

A witty (lover of cats) author to follow, whose stories are somewhat more serious. Truth or Dare is a gripping love story, whilst Unboxed tells the story of four teenagers ruined with a friend who is dying


  1. Malorie Blackman (@malorie_blackman)

Author of the powerful Noughts & Crosses series: a story about two young people forced to make a stand against racism in a dystopian society


  1. Adam Silvera (@adamsilvera)

An excellent LGBT author of books such as More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die at The End which all see characters overcome extreme odds


Twitter requires people using the service to be 13 years of age or older

  1. Thomas Taylor (@ThomasHTaylor)

Illustrator and author of the Legends of the Eerie-On-Sea series which is about a legendary sea-monster, the Malamander


  1. Jason Reynolds (@JasonReynolds83)

Reynolds is a writer who writes ‘books for kids who don’t read books’. His novels, such as Long Way Down are compassionate and timely with diverse characters


  1. Rick Riordan (@rickriordan)

The New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson series


  1. E. Durrant (@SEDurrant) 

Described as a ‘writer with heart’, her novels Running on Empty and Talking To the Moon are truthful, moving and gripping reads


  1. Alex Wheatle(@Brixtonbard)

An award winning author and described by The Times as ‘one of the most exciting writers of the black urban experience’. Crongton Knights is a funny, moving book about lessons learned the hard way and Liccle Bit follows a student caught in the middle of a gang war


  1. SF Said (@whatSFSaid)

A film journalist and a writer for young adults, Said tweets about issues facing young people today.  Phoenix has brilliant illustrations and brings together fantasy and science fiction


  1. Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz)

TV and film writer as well as author specialising in mystery and suspense. His work for young readers include the Alex Rider and the Diamond Brothers series


  1. Jewell Parker Rhodes (@jewell_p_rhodes)

Rhodes writes books hoping to inspire social justice and equality. Ghost Boys tells the harrowing story of a boy shot dead by police who mistake his toy gun for a real threat


  1. Dan Freedman (@DanFreedman99)

If you want to read stories that evolve around sport, The Jamie Johnson Series and Unstoppable are for you. Freedman is proud that he ‘writes books for kids that don’t read’


  1. Mitch Johnson (@Mitchauthor)

Author of Kick, a boy who wants to escape the sweat shop and play football for the greatest team on earth. Football fiction at its best




To keep up with the latest recommendations for YA novels, extracts and poetry, follow @YArecommends

October 2020

October 2020

Top reads by BAME authors

October is UK Black History Month, and excellent excuse to explore the diverse voices and experiences found in books by authors of Colour. Here are just a selection of top reads – how many can you read in the month of October?



  • Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe*
  • Ade’s Amazing Ade-Venture, by Adepitan Ade**
  • Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Miles Morales Straight out of Brooklyn, by Saladin Ahmed
  • Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties, by Humza Arshad & Henry White
  • Black Flamingo, by Dean Atta
  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, by Yaba Badoe
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain, by James Baldwin*
  • A Change is Gonna Come, by Mary Bello et al.
  • Chasing the Stars, by Malorie Blackman
  • My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler*
  • A Toolkit for How Messed Up Life Can be, by Gemma Cairney
  • Chinglish, by Sue Cheung
  • The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas*
  • Ordinary People, by Diana Evans
  • Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • High Rise Mystery, by Sharma Jackson**
  • Freedom, by Catherine Johnson
  • Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence
  • Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, by Ayisha Malik
  • The Lost Girl, by Mandanna Sangu
  • How High the Moon, by Karyn Parsons**
  • The Jungle, by Pooja Puri
  • Game On, by Bali Rai
  • Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds**
  • Oh My Gods, by Alexandra Sheppard
  • Run, Riot, by Nikesh Shukla
  • Anita and Me, by Meera Syal
  • Someone Give This Heart a Pen, by Sophia Thakur
  • The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker
  • Beyond the Bright Sea, by Lauren Wolk**


Non fiction:

  • Staying Power, by Peter Fryer
  • Black Tudors, by Miranda Kaufman
  • Different Class, by Dermot Kavanagh
  • Black and British, by David Olusoga
  • The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography, by Benjamin Zephaniah

** =for younger readers

* = challenging read; for ambitious readers