What’s your favourite book?
Do you have a favourite book? One that had you gripped? That you struggled to put down? That you’ve read over and over again? Well if so, then we want to know about it!
Spirit Hunter by
I like this book because I was immediately transported back to the time she had written about.
Recommended by Emma Lalande
The Colour of Water
The Colour of Water by
My favourite book is The Colour of Water by James McBride. A tribute to James McBride’s mother, this is a beautifully written true story that highlights the importance of tolerance, understanding, family and explores personal identity. A powerful, if at times challenging, portrayal of the journey to adulthood that celebrates the strength of the human spirit.
Recommended by Kathelene Weiss
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies by
Lord of the Flies because of the scare element, mystery and excitement.
Recommended by Ella Burt
House of Night (Series)
House of Night (Series) by
My favourite books are the House of Night series, because they have interesting and innovative story lines and are a modern take on the popular vampire genre.
Recommended by Robyn Higgins
Northern Lights by
Northern Lights: I liked all the action, and it had a believable main character. It also had a great plot and it kept me gripped with a magical feel.
Recommended by Sophie Kitching
The Uncommon Reader
The Uncommon Reader by
As many of my most loved books are relatively obscure German titles that have never made it to the international parquet, I chose one of my truly British favourites for this regard – Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader. It was a real delight to read this short novella full of Bennett’s subtle humour about how the Queen discovers the pleasures of reading – a must for any bibliophile!
Recommended by Sarah Merz
Moby Dick by
My favourite book is Moby Dick by Herman Melville – a deserved classic, so clever and playful and it could have been written yesterday.
Recommended by Zool Verjee
How to be a Pirate
How to be a Pirate by
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, How to be a Pirate: It’s funny, fast-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Recommended by Claire Cole
Harry Potter by
My favourite books are the Harry Potter series – it’s good that I can escape to a magic world!
Recommended by Alexandra Hudson
The Little Prince
The Little Prince by
My favourite book is The Little Prince. I loved it so much as a child because his adventures were so amazing and the grown-ups were always right!
Recommended by Silvana Westbury
Jennifer Donnely – Revolution: Moving and got great facts across easily without being dull. Incredibly haunting and brilliant.
Recommended by Honor Shelton
Notes from a Small Island
Notes from a Small Island by
My favourite book is Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. I like it because it is highly amusing and well-written.
Recommended by Thomas Saer
Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers by
Lord of the Rings series, The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings is a great series because it has drama, excitement and a good storyline!
Recommended by Thomas Noe
Crocodile Tears by
The penultimate in the Alex Rider series, Crocodile Tears, has an extremely exciting style and plot and the reader is always in suspense. Gripping until the final page, this book entices the reader, makes them want to read more and leads to a thrilling climax.
Recommended by Isobel Loxton
The Medusa Project, Double Cross
The Medusa Project, Double Cross by
The Medusa Project, Double Cross by Sophie McKenzie: It is an exciting and adventurous read. It is very well written and easy to understand. It makes you think and is full of puzzles to test your mind.
Recommended by Rosie Griffin
My favourite book is Terry Pratchett’s Nation, because it’s just a beautiful adventure with an important point to make – fun, funny and brilliant.
Recommended by Matt Maddock
The Kane Chronicles, The Throne of Fire
The Kane Chronicles, The Throne of Fire by
The Kane Chronicles, The Throne of Fire is my favourite book at the moment because it is funny, exciting and has an original storyline.
Recommended by Rachel Williams
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by
My favourite book is probably Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Recommended by Elise Benjamin
Malory Towers by
Enid Blyton is my favourite author and I love school stories, especially old fashioned ones.
Recommended by Lucy Watts
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by
My favourite book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, because it is funny, easy to read and a great story board.
Recommended by Elliot Cox
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by
My favourite book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for it is full of surprises and shocks. I love this book as I really feel as though I’m there.
Recommended by Susie Thompson
Phantom Tollbooth by
Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. It’s random, imaginative, crazy and fun and made me think differently.
Recommended by Ioana Duta
Sigrun’s Secret by
My favourite book is Sigruns Secret by Marie-Louise Jenson because of its gripping plot and amazing characters.
Recommended by Megan Cradock
Bleak House by
It was Morse’s unshakeable belief that Wagner’s Ring was the greatest achievement in world music. It is my own conviction that Dickens’ novel Bleak House is the greatest in English literature. The book’s dramatis personae spans the enormous range of humanity, from the death of Jo, the crossing-sweeper, to the virtually unparalleled depravity of Tulkinghorn. In addition, the writing is so vivid, so wonderful, that it is the only great work I have read three times religiously from start to finish – the first time in Oxford!
Recommended by Colin Dexter