The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2003) – Mark Haddon – This is the story of a young boy with autism, and the adventure he has when he discovers the murder of his neighbour’s dog and decides to investigate it.
High Fidelity (1995) – Nick Hornby – If you love music you will love this book, and the language is modern and casual. It has a quick-pace with short, funny conversations between characters that really keep the story moving.
Animal Farm (1945) – George Orwell – This short novel tells the story of animals rebelling against their human masters. Orwell’s classic tale is written in simple English to appeal to all reading levels, and the animals speak in short, clear sentences.
Harry Potter Series (1997 – 2007) – JK Rowling – This series of books needs no introduction. The detail of the Harry Potter universe and the engaging characters and storylines are works of genius. Rowling captures the imagination like no other author can.
The Great Gatsby (1925) – F Scott Fitzgerald – A timeless masterpiece set in 1920s New York. Beautifully written, unforgettable characters.
To kill a mockingbird (1960) – Harper Lee – The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with serious issues, such as racial inequality.
Catcher in the Rye (1951) – JD Salinger – Another American classic. Salinger’s study of teenage rebellion is one of the most controversial and best-loved American novels of the 20th century.
The Grapes of Wrath (1939) – John Steinbeck – One of the greatest of great American novels, this study of a family torn apart by poverty and desperation in the Great Depression. Again, beautifully written.
Life of Pi (2001) – Yann Martel – This is the story of a young man who survives a harrowing shipwreck and months in a lifeboat with a large Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. A great story, written in easy-to-follow English.
Love in the time of Cholera (1985) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Translated from Spanish, a beautifully written love story, with a twist.