Back to School GCSE Suggested Reading List

Now the summer holidays are over, Year 10 students will no doubt have been thinking about just how much reading material they will need to get through over the next year or so in readiness for sitting their GCSE English Literature Exams. If you’re a parent, you might not have had a chance to look through the list or perhaps you had to study the same material when you were at school. Whichever it is, many of the books on this list are must reads for any book fan. Despite the list udating over the years, we think you’d enjoy studying far more if some of our favourites were included. So, just for fun, we’ve compiled our own suggested reading list which we’ve tagged on to the bottom.


Contemporary – post 1900

Animal Farm – George Orwell
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Classic – Pre 1900

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Great Expectatiosn – Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Poetry by author

John Agard
Simon Armitage
John Betjeman
William Blake
Rupert Brooke
Robert Browning
John Clare
Gillian Clarke
Imtiaz Dharker
Carol Ann Duffy
Thomas Hardy
Seamus Heaney
Mimi Khalvati
Andrew Marvell
Daljit Nagra
Grace Nichols
Wilfred Owen
Michele Roberts
Siegfried Sassoon
William Shakespeare
Stevie Smith
Alfred Tennyson
William Wordsworth
Benjamin Zephaniah

Drama Texts


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Julius Caesar
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Twelfth Night

Contemporary – Post 1900

A View from the Bridge
All my Sons
An Inspector Calls
Death of a Salesman
The Crucible

So that’s pretty much what will be on the suggested readding list for you over the next year os so but we think you’d have more fun with these.

Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkein
The entire Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
The Twilight Saga – Stephenie Meyer
The Curious Incedent of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
Eragon – Christopher Paolini
Divergent – Veronica Roth

Of course, these are just a few of our favourites so what would you add to your preferred reading list to study? Let us know.

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