One Year of Reading – A Historical Document

I found this list from high school (20 years ago. Blimey. I must hoard stuff). Anywho, it’s a list I had to keep of all the books I read during the school year when I was 16.  Some of them I don’t recall. Others I still like. Couldn’t be more random. Or maybe it could. Don’t know. I do think reading is formative though. Especially for a writer. I still quote Douglas Adams. I love the work of Alan Garner and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and studied Nathaniel Hawthorne at uni.  And The Snow Goose is a superbly told story.

Required texts: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, To Kill A Mockingbird, Hamlet, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, MacBeth.

Student selected reading, in no particular order

  1. Red Limit Planet
  2. Captain Bligh and Mr Christian.
  3. My Place
  4. The Snow Goose
  5. Rain Man
  6. Waiting for Childhood
  7. Magician
  8. The Dawning
  9. The Railway Station Man
  10. The Man in the Tree
  11. Ancestral Vices
  12. Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
  13. Empire of the Sun
  14. The Gorgon’s Head
  15. One Two Buckle My Shoe
  16. A Stranger, And Afraid
  17. Dragons of Autumn Twilight
  18. Adolf Hitler – My part in his downfall.
  19. Great Theatrical Disasters
  20. The Rats of NIMH
  21. The Owl Service
  22. On Acting – Lawrence Olivier
  23. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  24. Myths and Legends
  25. The Running of the Deer
  26. The Legend of Huma
  27. Silverthorn
  28. Swords and Crowns and Rings
  29. A Darkness of Sethanon
  30. Woman in White
  31. The Unwanted
  32. Daughter of the Empire
  33. The Anubis Gates
  34. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  35. The House of the Seven Gables
  36. A Cure for Life
  37. The Extraordinary Mr Poe
  38. The Giant’s Shadow
  39. The India Fan
  40. We Die Alone
  41. The Choice
  42. Starhunt
  43. The Rainbow Sword
  44. Floodgate
  45. To Ride Pegasus
  46. Words By Heart
  47. Marked By Fire
  48. Walk Through Cold Fire
  49. Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
  50. Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  51. Life, the Universe and Everything
  52. So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish
  53. The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul
  54. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
  55. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
  56. Centennial
  57. Clan of the Cave Bear
  58. The Valley of the Horse
  59. Homecoming
  60. Treasure
  61. The Great Alone
  62. Alaska

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