TeacherBoards Community will be celebrating the importance of literacy through the month of October. To kick start TeacherBoards’ Literacy Month we’ve created a post that includes top ten favourite reads for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a light, relaxing read or something that will blow you mind, TB has you covered!
Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist, has written a beautiful novel set in 17th century Amsterdam following the tales of eighteen year old Nella Oortman who is adventuring into a newly married life and unearthing potentially dangerous secrets.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling has been long awaited. A prefect read for Fantasy enthusiasts and Harry Potter fan base. A sequel of the original series, this chapter of the franchise follows the adventures of the previous protagonist’s son Albus Severus Potter.
The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Many readers have compared the book to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl due to them being amazingly suspenseful and with an intelligent back story. Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train has also been adapted to a 2016 film, keep your eyes peeled!
The New York Times best seller Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel, is great read for science fiction lovers. Set in a dystopian society that has fallen due to a deadly pandemic; follow the life of Kirsten, an actress in the ‘Travelling Symphony’.
The Good Guy
The Good Guy, written by Susan Beale, is set in the 1960’s New England. The novel enters a realm that absorbs the all too common pressure of conformism. Themes of romance cover the correlation between fantasy and reality in relation to love and marriage and the American dream.
The Girl with all the Gifts
The science-fiction horror, The Girl with all the Gifts, is a great read for any zombie enthusiast and fear fanatics. Voted a number one seller and to soon be released as a film adaptation, this book is a great read for those of you who want something original and thrilling. Published in 2014 and written by M. R. Carey.
Into the Wild
Into the Wild is an inspirational non-fiction book that will set you free. Based on a true story, this book follows the life of Christopher Johnson McCandless. The American hitchhiker left his old life behind to live the rest of his short life in the wild. Into the Wild was written by Jon Krakaeur in 1997.
Me Before You
Me Before You is a romance novel written by Jojo Moyes. This book follows the lives of Lou Clark, a happy go lucky lady, and Will Traynor, a man who has almost lost the will to live due to a tragic motorcycle accident. Adapted into a romance/drama film in 2016, this book is a great read for anyone wanting an emotional read.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Set on a mysterious island with a lot of strange things going on, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows the lives of Jacob and his grandfather. Jacob becomes aware of many mysterious secrets and possible dangers; will it be fight or flight? Written by Ransom Riggs and published in 2012.
A family favourite now: The Twits by Roald Dahl. Originally published in 1980, The Twits is a hilariously light short book that offers fun for all the family. The Twits are a notoriously spiteful couple who constantly play pranks on one another until it finally goes too far.