World Book Night: Book Recommendations

The book recommendations below were sent to us by students and staff to celebrate World Book Night. There's still time to submit your recommendation in exchange for a free book, courtesy of The Reading Agency. Click here to 'Recommend a Read' today!

Josh Recommends...

Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Murakami effortlessly blends casual realism with magical surrealism. He builds worlds seamlessly, detail by detail and then tips them on their heads. 'Kafka on the Shore' is a great example of his style and sensibility.

Tom Recommends...

Love, Simon

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A brilliantly funny and relatable book that keeps you guessing throughout. Simon goes through life trying to figure out the identity of 'Blue', somebody he meets online who he has a lot in common with. As soon as Simon thinks he's figured it out, he realises he's mistaken. I'd describe this book as a romantic Line of Duty, except nobody dies! This book is now a film entitled Love, Simon which has developed in to a television series called Love, Victor, set in the same world, or 'Simonverse', as it is known. You can win this book by clicking here to 'Recommend a Read'

Kyra Recommends...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

One of my favourites in the Harry Potter series as it provides loads of tense moments between the main characters and information that had yet to be revealed about Harry as well as secrets about his parents and their own past, something which later catches up with Harry.

This book is available to borrow from the Library!

Oli Recommends...

The Killing

The Killing by Robert Muchamore 

Probably the scariest out of the series I’ve read so far! Includes an extreme amount of drama and action and to be honest I can’t make up my mind because all the books are so great but this is one of the best!

This book is available to borrow from the Library!

Angela Recommends...

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine by Gail Honeyman

I really enjoyed this book because it was very funny. It approached the subjects of loss and being different.

This book is available to borrow from the Library!

Janne Recommends...

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I am not a reader generally but was recommend this and was my read during the first lockdown, an emotional adventure, love story, with a real twist, could not put this book down!

James Recommends...

The Thief of Time

The Thief of Time by Sir Terry Pratchett

A flat world at the edge of imagination which is on the back of four elephants which are on the back of the giant turtle called A'Tuin. Characters such as Death, Famine, Plague, War, Chaos, Time and the mysterious Auditors play key roles however the true heroes are lu- Tze the very sensible Susan Sto Helit (a teacher and granddaughter of death ). What's not to like...

Steve Recommends...

Wolves Eat Dogs

Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith

This book is the fifth in a series about Russian Investigator Arkady Renko (the first book was turned into a successful 1980s film: Gorky Park, with William Hurt and Lee Marvin). Apart from being an interesting plot with a controversial investigation into the apparent suicide of a Russian billionaire, which makes Renko even more unpopular than usual with his superiors, a large section of the book is located around Pripyat / Chernobyl, inside the exclusion zone. This reveals a community living a strange and high risk life in a contaminated area. I have read and enjoyed this book several times and always find something new to take from it.

Andrea Recommends...

The Watchmaker's Daughter

The Watchmaker's Daughter by C. J. Archer

A brilliant, historical fantasy genre. I loved the contrast of Victorian England and American wild west. It is enough of a mystery to get the cogs turning, trying to figure out 'Who Dun It' before it is revealed. The characters are easily likeable, and you end up rooting for them, and worrying about them if something happens. I absolutely love these books, and I have 3 left of the series to read.

Erienne Recommends...

The Pillars of the Earth

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

This book has everything, history, drama, romance and is extremely engaging. You finish it knowing a little more about the history of Britain, whilst becoming invested in the characters lives throughout! It's very good!

Samantha Recommends...

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

A beautifully written, historical book about an unlikely friendship between 2 boys, one a German and one a Jew. Told through the eyes of the German boy who has no comprehension of the harrowing events of this period in history. Suitable for readers from adults to younger readers. Approximately 200 pages, it is a thought provoking read and one that has stayed with me. I have read it more than once.

This book is available to borrow from the Library!

Jake Recommends...

Little by Edward Carey

Little by Edward Carey

An extraordinary tale based on Madame Tussaud’s early life during the French Revolution.

Karin Recommends...

Think Like a Monk

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty

Jay is a motivational speaker, social media superstar and host of the podcast "on Purpose". In this book he discusses what he learned as a monk and how you can apply this in everyday life. A very positive and uplifting self help book which will inspire you!

Wendy Recommends...

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The title of the book is the complete opposite to the story as you will discover that Eleanor is far from fine. Eleanor has a very traumatic background and struggles with life in general. It sounds depressing but is actually extremely funny in places. It reminds me of another great book I have read, A Man Called Ove by Erik Backman which I would also recommend. Both are very heart-warming stories.

This book is available to borrow from the Library!

Jennifer Recommends...

My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

A very interesting, enjoyable true story of life in Corfu, with lots of hilarious happenings involving animals!

Cathi Recommends...

Burial Rites

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

A well written and gripping story set in Iceland based on facts about the last woman to be executed. It's a story about honesty, story telling, the essence of people, justice and humanity. I loved it.

Joan Recommends...

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated by Tara Westover

An amazing memoir, very well written and inspiring!

Sharon Recommends...

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens

It’s such a beautiful book about relationships & nature. It also has that detective element.

Hayley Recommends...

Crybbe by Phil Rickman

Crybbe by Phil Rickman

A small village on the Welsh/English border is all that stands between normality and the forces of the unknown world being unleashed upon us. Any book that has a three legged dog called Arthur, as its hero has got to be worth a smile!

Tommy Recommends...

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Detailed and witty writing, amazing worldbuilding and a level of fantasy on par with Game of Thrones!

Natasha Recommends...

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

A story where you can immerse yourself in to an Italian 1950's life filled with twists and turns that pull at the heartstrings.

Andy Recommends...

Jews Don't Count

Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel

A brilliant read, put across in an intriguing and thought provoking way to highlight society's stance on the topic throughout history.

Grazyna Recommends...

Europejski

Europejski by Mark Quinn

Interesting picture of Solidarity time in Warsaw observed by Irish student...history presented in intriguing plots. I have witnessed and participated, in active way, in this political movement so I enjoyed going back and comparing my experience with the literary vision.

Coral Recommends...

Sister, Missing

Sister Missing by Sophie McKenzie

An amazing thriller! I couldn't put it down. It's a real adrenaline kick-starter!

Samantha Recommends...

My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I love this book. I love quite a few of Jodi's books as they present us with a moral dilemma and make us think what would I do in that situation... do I think the characters are right or wrong? It's a lovely book about a family who are faced with a terrible choice and the decision of one girl to take control over what happens to her body even if it has fatal consequences. The characters really touched me and I remember the book well even though I read it a few years ago.

This book is available to borrow from the library!

Nat Recommends...

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger That Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Such a wonderful book to read with young children. It makes me smile every time I read it with my son who is 3 years old. It truly is a timeless classic. They also adapted it into a wonderful short film, using the originally styled illustrations. My son now can tell me most of the story himself exclaiming things like " well it's not the milkman because he came earlier" and " he drank all of the water from the taps". I would recommend this to anyone who has a young person to read with.

Jolene Recommends...

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama

'It is a truly inspiring book!'

About the book: Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address.

This book is available to borrow from the Library!

Ana Recommends...

Who Was Stephen Hawking?

Who Was Stephen Hawking by Jim Gigliotti

'This book is about the life of a very interesting and special man. The book helps you understand that life is very precious and we must live it beautifully.'

This book is available to borrow from the Library!

Samantha Recommends...

Orphan Monster Spy

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

'A thrilling and intriguing book. How do you survive the Nazi occupation as a Jewish orphan? Infiltrate them and pose as one of them! Story of brave girl's fight for survival, surrounded by her enemies and the lengths she goes to in her journey. It is tense at times, exciting at times, but always fast-paced and interesting. Would thoroughly recommend if you like historical fiction that isn't just about the history!'

Maya Recommends...

Dog Man

Dog Man by Dave Pilkey

'It's a book which turns into a comic and it is really interesting!'

Ellie Recommends...

The One by John Marrs

The One by John Marrs

I have never read a book that was so unpredictable. It explored different characters within each chapter which ensured the storyline was gripping throughout!

Shaun Recommends...

Alex Rider Stormbreaker

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

I love the action to this book as it's exciting to see what comes next in the Alex Rider series and seeing his next move!

This book is available to borrow from the library!

Joshua Recommends...

The Book With No Pictures

The Book With No Pictures by B. J Novak

This children's book really has no pictures! Instead it relies on the reader to really engage with the words, and read everything aloud as it is written. Even if they say things like BLORK. Or BLUURF. My daughter found it hilarious, and it is one of those books that definitely leaves you with a smile on your face!