Inspiration

Inspiration

 

 

Room by Emma Donoghue

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

the picture of Dorian grey by oscar wilde 

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work.

the bell jar by Sylvia Plath

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into serious depression as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take her aspirations seriously.

girl, stop apologizing by Rachel Hollis 

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals is a Self-help book by Rachel Hollis. It follows her 2018 best-seller Girl, Wash Your Face. It was both a Publishers Weekly and New York Times best-seller.

the novice by Taran Matharu

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. Fletcher is put through gruelling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power-hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

the dolphin diaries by lucy daniels 

Twelve-year-old Jody Delaney is off on the adventure of a lifetime! Her marine biologist parents are completing the last part of a special project - Planet Dolphin. It's the first night at sea, and there are a few teething problems on board the family's boat. A violent storm throws Jody overboard and, struggling to keep afloat, she fears for her life. A lost dolphin comes to her rescue, and the next day, a grateful Jody swims with the hero dolphin, and helps him find his way back home to his pod . . .

frostheart by Jamie littler 

Glittering with wintry wonder, this debut children’s novel takes a sleigh ride into the heart of a magical adventure. A young boy called Ash and his disagreeable yeti guardian find themselves on an explorers’ expedition, where his special powers could come in very handy.

the white giraffe by lauren st john

At eleven years old, Martine is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her grandmother seems strangely unwelcoming and Martine has a difficult time settling in at her new school. But she has an ally in Tendai - one of the keepers on the reserve, from whom she learns the lore and survival techniques of the bush, and in Grace - who instantly senses there is something special about Martine.

slade house by david mitchell 

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents — an odd brother and sister — extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late...

the darkest minds by Alexandra bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Eragon by Christopher paolini 

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

girl with a pearl earring by Tracy chevalier  

Girl with a Pearl Earring centres on Vermeer's prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel's quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master. Then Vermeer employs her as his assistant--and ultimately has Griet sit for him as a model.

the handmaids tale Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now . . . 

wild swans: 3 daughters of china by Jung Chang

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

the mortal instruments by cassandra claire 

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. First in the New York Times No. 1 bestselling series that has swept the globe, City of Bones is also a major movie and Shadowhunters, the TV series based on the book, is currently airing on Netflix. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love.

noughts and crosses by Malorie Blackman

'Stop it! You're all behaving like animals! Worse than animals - like blankers!'

Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she's lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her. Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he's considered to be less than nothing - a blanker, there to serve Crosses - but he dreams of a better life. They've been friends since they were children, and they both know that's as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies - love is out of the question. Then - in spite of a world that is fiercely against them - these star-crossed lovers choose each other. But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

 

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Hannah is in her third year, studying English. Here are her book recommendations. 

 

 

Rose is the  School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology Officer. Her book recommendation are below:

 

 

 

   Scythe (Dystopia / Fantasy)  - Humanity has conquered everything. No hunger, no war, no death. Scythes are the only ones who can keep the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentices to a scythe, a job that neither of them wanted or asked for which leaves them both balancing a fine line between life and death.

 

 

Toffee (Contemporary / Prose) - Allison runs away from home and takes refuge in what she thinks is an abandoned house but living in the house is an old lady called Marla who mistakes Allison for her old friend Toffee. Allison is used to hiding who she is so she pretends to be Toffee in order to feel like she belongs, but who is she really?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Gatsby (Classic / Romance / Tragedy) - (My favourite book ever!) The Great Gatsby is a roaring tale of love, dreams and tragedy in the height of the jazz age. Jay Gatsby hosts lavish parties in the hope that his first love Daisy Buchanan will attend and fall in love with him again but are his dreams destined to ever come true?

 

 

 

 

How to Stop Time (Contemporary Fiction) - To others Tom appears as a normal history teacher but he has a secret, he has been alive for centuries. There is only one rule Tom has to follow and that is to not fall in love but when the inevitable begins to happen his life could be derailed forever or it might just save him.

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (Mystery / Thriller) - Five years ago Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh and the case has been closed ever since no questions asked, but school girl Pippa isn't convinced with the verdict of the trial. When Pippa chooses the case for her final year project she begins to uncover more secrets than she anticipated.