Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is a fantasy series of novels, set in Westeros, with many references to historical events such as the War of Roses. Whilst still whimsical and entertaining, the stories portrayed within Game of Thrones depict actual war tactics employed by leaders throughout time. The story is exciting, unnerving and permanently twisting, full of love and loss, and overall a fantastic read for all fantasy genre readers across the globe.
Lord of the Rings- J. R. R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings is a legend within the Fantasy genre, with incredible amounts of detail describing the most imaginative of scenes. In a world of dwarves, elves, wizards, giant elephants, oogres orcs and many more mythical creatures, you can’t go wrong with the Tolkein classics.
The Hobbit- J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings series, and introduces where the titled rings may have come from in the first place. It’s a wonderful story of adventure and struggle, with awe-inspiring imagery, and a solid moral of the story, which depicts the eternal fight between the good and evil.
Harry Potter- J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels which chronicles the life and adventures of the young wizard, whilst providing a variety of important life lessons and morals, between spells,brooms, Quidditch, dragons and giant spiders (yuck!)
The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
A story of star-crossed lovers, except not really. Although superficially romantic, the story also unveils some dark, disturbing features of the human psyche. An exciting read from F. Scott Fitzgerald, filled with a variety of splendour, excitement and plot turns.
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen.
A romantic novel written by Jane Austen, often described as a true pioneer within the classical regency period. The novel follows the emotional and romantic development of Elizabeth Bennet, our main character and protagonist of the novel.
The Danish Girl- David Ebershoff
A deeply emotional story regarding the struggle with gender and gender expression, experienced by a talented Danish artist. The novel by Ebershoff explores the incredibly troubling nature of gender identity exploration, and how it may affect the daily life of the totally unsuspecting.
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
A satirical novel by an American author exploring the very interesting paradoxical nature of serving in World War 2, under the contradicting clauses which were offered to the soldiers at the time. It explores the ethicality of war in a serious, yet amusing way.
Animal Farm- George Orwell
A fascinating allegorical novella told through the experiences of animalistic characters, reflecting the socio-political setting leading up to and during the Russian Revolution of 1917; it involves references to the Stalinism era, as well as many dark underlying messages about the dangers of dictatorship.
the Book Thief- Markus Zusak
A historical novel regarding the atrocities of World War 2, written from Death’s perspective, which focuses on the idea of a young child finding solace during such dark times by stealing and redistributing books, like a literary Robin Hood. Captivating, and brilliantly written.
Don Quixote- Miguel de Cervantes
An exciting and captivating adventure novel, regarding a middle-aged Spanish gentleman from the 1600s who abandons all he knows and loves in order to obtain glory and help the less fortunate.
1984- George Orwell
1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell, based in the year 1984 which outlines a very dark and emotional storyline, regarding the idea that within the near future, the vast majority of the world will be affected by perpetual war, propaganda and government surveillance.
The fault in our stars- John Green
A touching story of teenage love, with a tragic twist. With many incredible highs and debilitating lows, The Fault in Our Stars is truly an emotional roller coaster, definitely worth the read.
Wuthering Heights- Emily Brontë
A gothic, romance novel, rooted around the budding relationship of an orphan boy, Heathcliff, and Catherine with the Wuthering Heights estate being central to the setting of the novel.
Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott’s allegorical novel about the life of her and her 3 sisters during the American Civil War- a coming-of-age story about young women finding their place in the world during times of extreme terror.
To kill a mockingbird- Harper Lee
A truly fascinating story about a little girl from Alabama nicknamed Scout, who’s father is a prominent, widowed lawyer during the American Great Depression.
A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini
Afghani history wrapped up in a beautiful tale of faith, salvation, love, friendship and familial connections, written from the perspective of a single mother and her daughter.
Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
The story of Amir, a Sunni Muslim from Afghanistan, who, after having been through a variety of traumatic events, struggles extremely in finding his own place in the world.