|The Mortal Engines|
|The Wind Singer|
|The Hunger Games|
- The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien) - Despite her reticence to read my dogeared and yellowed 1973 copy which was handed down from Father to Son many moons ago (the book is one year younger than I am). By the time you read this we will be over half way through and I think she's secretly enjoying it (but trying not to show it). Of course I couldn't help myself but to put on a good Andy Serkis voice whilst reading the part of Gollum.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Plague 99 (Jean Ure) - I know absolutely nothing about this book and am quite worried that other books by her have titles like "Girlfriends: Pink Knicker's aren't Cool" or "Frankie Foster Freaks Out!"
- The Mortal Engines Quartet (Phillip Reeve) - I've been waiting for a good excuse to read these. I've been lusting after the Dystopian Wars miniatures from Spartan Games which appear to be inspired by them.
- The Windsinger (William Nicholson) - From what I can glean from the internet this looks like a run of the mill fantasy trilogy. We may have to pass on this as I'd really like to get her opinion on Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy.
- The Chrysalids (John Wyndham) - Can't wait to read this with her. She really enjoyed the BBC2 version of The Day of the Triffids.
- Harry Potter (Series) - J K Rowling - She's expressed a strong dislike of Mr Potter, so we're going to have to skip these (which I'm rather glad about as I think they're purile derivative nonsense as well).
- The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) - I know nothing aboout this book other than that it is being made into a movie slated for a 2012 release starring Jennifer Lawrence (who played Mystique in X-Men First Class). It's IMDB summary is "A young girl volunteers to take her sister's place in a fight to the death in a dystopian future" so sounds promising then.
- I am Number Four (Pittacus Lore) - We really enjoyed the movie and I suspect that the book is a lot better.
Pre 20th Century Fiction
- What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge)
- Heidi (Johanna Spyri) - I used to love watching this on TV as a kid.
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll)
- Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)
- Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
- Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
- Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
- Lord of the Flies (William Golding) - This is a must read.
- Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfield)
- The Secret Garden (Frances Hodges Burnett)
- Peter Pan (JM Barrie)
- Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery)
- The Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (CS Lewis)
- The Railway Children (E Nesbit)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket)
- Girl Missing (Sophie Mckenzie)
- The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot) - Got to read this.
- Noughts and Crosses (Malorie Blackman)
- Refugee Boy (Benjamin Zephaniah)
- Step by Wicked Step (Anne FIne)
- Saffy's Angel (Hilary McKay)
- Lola Rose (Jacqueline Wilson)
- Feeling Sorry for Celia (Jacyln Moriarty)
- The Exiles (Hilary McKay)
- Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank)
- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Judith Kerr)
- Chinese Cindarella (Adeline Yen Mah)
- My Family and Other Animals (Gerald Durrell)
- All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)