Mar 24 Recommended Reading Lists

While keeping up with your learning and study is important during the closure, getting in down-time, especially when it doesn’t involve a screen, is equally important. Our College librarian, Ms Cooper, has curated some lists for each year that should serve as some inspiration!

First Year Recommended Reading List 2019/2020

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (2018)

David Almond, The Colour of the Sun (2018)

Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses (2001)

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions (2011)

Adam Baron, Boy Under Water (2018)

John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2007)

J. C. Cervantes, The Storm Runner (2018)  

Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004)

James Clammer, Why I Went Back (2016)

Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl (2001)

Eoin Colfer, Once Upon a Place (2015)

Cressida Cowell, The Wizards of Once (2017)

Ben Davis, The Private Blog of Joe Cowley (2014)

Chloe Daykin, The Boy Who Hit Play (2018)

Timothee de Fombelle, Vango (1997)

Roddy Doyle, Wilderness (2007)      

John Flanagan, The Outcasts (2011)

Sally Green, Half Bad (2014)

Michael Grant, Front Lines (2016)

Michael Grant, Gone (2009)

Christine Hamill, The Best Medicine (2016)

Shane Hegarty, Darkmouth (2015)

Anne Holm, I Am David (1963)

Anthony Horowitz, Stormbreaker (2000)

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (1962)

Gabrielle Lord, Conspiracy 365: January (2010)

Nigel McDowell, The House of Mountfathom (2015)

Malcolm McNeill, The Beginning Woods (2016)

Taran Matharu, The Novice (2015)

Tracey Mathias, A Fragment of Moonswood (2015)

Jane Mitchell, Chalkline (2009)

Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful (2003)

Robert Muchamore, The Recruit (2004)

Brandon Mull, Fablehaven (2006)     

R.J. Palacio, Wonder (2012) 

Christopher Paolini, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm (2018)

Nicola Pierce, Kings of the Boyne (2016)

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2005)

Katherine Rundell, The Explorer (2017)

Louis Sachar, Holes (1998)

Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart (2013)

Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key (2015)

Brian Selznick, The Marvels (2015)

Ian Serralier, The Silver Sword (1956)

Darren Shan, Cirque du Freak (2000)

Martin Stewart, Riverkeep (2016)

Jan Terlouw, Winter in Wartime (1972)

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937)

Jessica Townsend, Nevermoor (2017)

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

Ross Welford, Time Travelling with a Hamster (2015)

Second Year Reading List 2019/2020

Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2012)

Raina Arushi, When Morning Comes (2016)

Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows (2015)

John Boyne, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain (2015)

John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things (2006)

James Dashner, The Maze Runner (2009)

Joseph Delaney, The Spook’s Apprentice (2004)

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

John Flanagan, The Ruins of Gorlan (2005)

Patricia Forde, The Wordsmith (2015)

Zana Fraillon, The Bone Sparrow (2016)

Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon (2012)

Alan Gibbons, The Trap (2016)

William Golding, Lord of the Flies (1954)

Ryan Graudin, Invictus (2017)

John Green, Looking for Alaska (2005)

Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree (2015)

Tom Hoyle, Survivor (2015)

Justina Ireland, Dread Nation (2018)

Catherine Johnson, Sawbones (2013)

Julie Kagawa, Shadow of a Fox (2018)

Conor Kostick, Epic (2004)

Tanya Landman, Hell and High Water (2015)

Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant (2007)

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)

Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four (2010)

Lois Lowry, The Giver (1993)

Marie Lu, Legend (2011)

Makiia Lucier, Isle of Blood and Stone (2018)

Kelly McCaughrain, Flying Tips for Flightless Birds (2018)

Meaghan McIsaac, Movers (2016)

Simon Mason, Running Girl (2014)

Michael Morpurgo, War Horse (1982)

Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls (2011)

Susin Nielsen, Word Nerd (2008)

Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men (2003)

Philip Pullman, Northern Lights (1995)

Ransom Riggs, Ms Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011)

Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero (2010)

Veronica Roth, Divergent (2011)

Laura Ruby, York: The Shadow Cipher (2017)

Michael Scott, The Alchemyst (2007)

Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon, X: A Novel (2015)

Fiona Shaw, Outwalkers (2018)

Francesca Simon, The Monstrous Child (2016)

Laini Taylor, Stange the Dreamer (2017)

Leah Thomas, When Light Left Us (2018)

Kate Thompson, The Fourth Horseman (2006)

Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (1982)

Vince Vawter, Paperboy (2013)

Jacqueline Woodson, Harbor Me (2018)

Third Year Reading List 2019/2020

Joe Abercrombie, Half a King (2014)

Kwame Alexander, Crossover (2014)

Keith Austin, Snow, White (2014)

Michelle Barker, The House of One Thousand Eyes (2018)

Joelle Charbonneau, The Testing (2013)

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One (2011)

Chris Colfer, Stranger than Fanfiction (2017)

Brian Conaghan, The Bombs that Brought Us Together (2016)

Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott, and Tobias Iaconis, Five Feet Apart (2018)

Joseph Delaney, The Spook’s Apprentice (2004)         

Carl Deuker, Gym Candy (2007)

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1928)

Dan Freedman, Unstoppable (2019)

Jostein Gaardner, Sophie’s World (1991)

Sally Gardner, The Double Shadow (2013)

Julia Gray, The Otherlife (2016)

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time (2003)

Matt Haig, The Echo Boy (2014)

Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831)

Rhian Ivory, The Boy Who Drew the Future (2015)

Matt Killeen, Orphan Monster Spy (2018)

Sungju Lee, Every Falling Star (2016)

David Levithan & Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (2010)

Marissa Meyer, Renegades (2017)

Alexandra Monir, The Final Six (2018)

Sarah Mussi, Riot (2014)

Patrick Ness, More Than This (2013)

Susin Nielsen, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen (2012)

George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)

Christopher Paolini, Eragon (2002)

Kevin Power, Bad Day in Blackrock (2008)

Terry Pratchett, Mort (1988)

Laura Ruby, Bone Gap (2015)

Matthew Quick, Boy 21 (2012)

Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark (2017)

Jeanne Ryan, Nerve (2012)

Brandon Sanderson, Rithmatist (2013)

Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman, Dry (2018)

Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012)

Andrzej Sapkowski, The Sword of Destiny (1992)

Alexie Sherman, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)

Martin Stewart, The Sacrifice Box (2018)

Nic Stone, Dear Martin (2017)

Rosemary Sutcliff, The Eagle of the Ninth (1954)

Robert Swindells, Brother in the Land (1984)

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

Tommy Wallach, Thanks for the Trouble (2016)

Jeff Zentner, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee (2019)

Fourth Year Reading List 2019/2020          

* More challenging reading


Charles Dickens, Great Expectations* (1860)

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose (1980)

Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong* (1993)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

Ernest Hemingway, From Whom the Bell Tolls (1950)

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)

John le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974)

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)

George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four* (1949)

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

John Steinbeck, East of Eden* (1952)

Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891)

Teen Fiction/ Young Adult

Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda* (2015)

Adi Alsaid, North of Happy (2017)

Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why* (2007)

Keith Austin, Snow, White (2014)

Holly Bourne et al., Floored (2018)

Kevin Brooks, The Bunker Diary (2013)

Melvin Burgess, Junk* (1996)

Catherine Burns, The Moth (2013)

Jim Carrington, Boy 23 (2015)

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower* (1999)

Brian Conaghan, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers (2018)*

Carl Deuker, Gym Candy (2007)

Sally Gardner, The Door that Led to Where (2015)

KL Going, Fat Kid Rules the World (2003)

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

Muhammad Khan, I am Thunder (2018)

Cethan Leahy, Tuesdays Are Just As Bad (2018)*

Lois Lowry, The Giver (1993)

Marie Lu, Legend (2011)

Karen McManus, One of Us Is Lying (2017)

Sarah Mussi, Riot (2014)

Patrick Ness, More Than This (2013)

Marieke Nijkamp, Before I Let Go (2018)

Preston Norton, Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe (2018)

Matthew Quick, Forgive me, Leonard Peacock (2013)

Rainbow Rowell, Carry On (2015)

Samantha Shannon, The Bone Season (2017)

Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End (2017)

Emily St John Mandel, Station Eleven* (2014)

Kevin Stevens, A Lonely Note (2016)*

Josh Sundquist, We Should Hang Out Sometime (2014)

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give (2017)

Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story* (2006)

Matt Whyman, Boy Kills Man (2004)

Irish Writing

John Banville, The Sea* (2005)

Kevin Barry, City of Bohane (2011)

Sebastian Barry, Days Without End (2016)

John Boyne, The Heart’s Invisible Furies* (2017)

Anna Burns, Milkman (2018)*

Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993)

Val Emmich, Dear Evan Hansen (2018)

Jennifer Johnston, How Many Miles to Babylon? (1974)

James Joyce, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man* (1916)

Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin* (2009)

Jane Mitchell, Chalkline (2009)

Paul Murray, Skippy Dies (2010)

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, The Miseducation Years (2000)

Joseph O’Connor, Redemption Falls* (1998)

Siobhán Parkinson, Breaking the Wishbone (1999)             

James Plunkett, Strumpet City* (1969)

Kevin Power, Bad Day in Blackrock* (2008)

Donal Ryan, From the Low and Quiet Sea (2018)*  

William Trevor, The Boarding-House* (1965)

International Literature

Fredrik Bachman, A Man Called Ove (2012)

Mikhail Bulgakov, Master and Margarita* (1966)

Albert Camus, The Plague* (1947)

Hernán Díaz, In the Distance (2017)

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (2014)

Fyodor Dostoyevski, Crime and Punishment* (1866)

Esi Edugyan, Washington Black (2018)*

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North* (2014)

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (2003)

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day* (1989)

Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (2009)

Franz Kafka, The Trial* (1925)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)

Patrick Modiano, The Search Warrant* (1999)

Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017)*

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012)

Andrzej Sapkowski, Sword of Destiny (1992)

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina* (1877)

Olga Tokarczuk, Flights (2007)

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (2016)

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (2005)

Graphic Novels

John Allison, Giant Days (2015)

Paul Allor, Clue (2018)

Vic Bloom et al, The Best of Archie Comics (2016)

Matteo Farinella, Hana Roš, Neurocomic (2013)

Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes* (1988)

Philippe Glogowski, Ypres Memories* (2013)

Damien Goodfellow, Brian Boru: Ireland’s Warrior King (2011)

Joe Henderson, Skyward (2018)

Jim Henson, Brian Holguin, The Dark Crystal (2012)

Stan Lee, Amazing Fantastic Incredible (2015)

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, March* (2008)

Mike Mignola, Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon (2018)

Alan Moore, The Watchmen (2008)

Edward Ross, Filmish (2015)

Rainbow Rowell, Runaways (2018)

Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis* (2000)

William Shakespeare, Richard Appignanesi (adaptation), Much ado about nothing (2009)

William Shakespeare, Gareth Hinds (adaptation), King Lear (2007)

Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (1986)

Joe Sugg, Username: Evie (2015)

Ichigo Takano, Orange: The Complete Collection (2016)

Brian K. Vaughan, We Stand on Guard (2015)

Bill Willingham, Fables: Legends in Exile (2002)

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese (2006)

Alfonso Zapico, James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner * (2013)

Senior Cycle Students – recommended reading list 2019/2020

André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name (2007)

Paul Auster, 4321 (2017)

Paul Beatty, The Sellout (2015)                    

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1952)

Emanuel Bergmann, The Trick (2017)

Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2004)

Jorge Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories (1949)

Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (1967, [1928])

Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979)

Peter Carey, A Long Way from Home (2017)

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (2013)

Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch (1963)

Michael Cunningham, The Hours (1998)

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot (1869)

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose (1980)

Esi Edugyan, Washington Black (2018)

Thomas Stearns Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856) 

Max Frisch, Homo Faber (1957)

André Gide, The Counterfeiters (1925)

Kelly Loy Gilbert, Picture Us in the Light (2018)

Andrew Sean Greer, Less (2017)

Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)

Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf (1927)

Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros (1959)

Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014)

James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)

John McGregor, Reservoir 13 (2017)

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883)

Michael Ondaatje, Warlight (2018)

Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness (2003)

Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927)

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)

Jean-Paul Sartre, The Words (1963)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (2015)

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (2013)

Boris Vian, Autumn in Peking (1947)

Juan Pablo Villalobos, I’ll Sell You a Dog (2016)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (1808)

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life (2015)

Herbert George Wells, The War of the Worlds (1897)

Irvine Welsh, Dead Man Trousers (2018)

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (2016)

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925)