Seniors

Suggest a book for senior – Years 11 and 12 – wide reading.

Other lists to try: Books for the University Bound and Lifelong Learners; Outstanding Books for the College Bound

The books below have been recommended by St Paul’s boys and teachers.

A Fortunate Life by A. B. Facey

“The extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian bloke.” MB

“Quite simply it is a book that every Australian should read.” RH

Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

“…. a very easy book to read. The scene is set extremely well and the relationship between Lennie and George is very unique. George changes his attitude towards Lennie multiply times in the story.” WM

Angels and Demons Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

“It sort of flows on from the Da Vinci Code as it is written by the same guy.” R

“….way better than the Da Vinci Code.” MB

“A fantastic book by Dan Brown and this is a book I would highly recommend. I think that it probably could even be better than The Da Vinci Code.” M

Ice Station by Matthew Reilly

“If you aren’t a big reader, I would recommend that you read any Matt Reilly book. They are a very good read….got me into reading books.” M

“Ice station is pretty good but the best of his books would be Temple, if only for the very detailed story base.” TL

“His best work is with the Scarecrow series which are Scarecrow, Ice Station and Area 7.” TL

My Story by Peter Cosgrove

“General Cosgrove’s autobiography – Easy read even if you are not into military facts. Talks about his early childhood but more interestingly the conflict in East Timor.” DM

Boyz ‘R’ Us by Scott Monk

“Focuses on the life of a young australian boy who deals with everyday teenage troubles and joins a gang. He craves power and gets into drugs before his life takes an unexpected but thrilling turn. Really exciting read. Definitely worth your while if you love reading about fights and other hardcore things.” T

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“It is a fantastic read and every page is interesting and I would recommend it.” TM

Darkness More Than Night A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly

“… is fantastic.” G

Marathon Man Marathon Man by William Goldman

“… about diamonds and this guy gets tourtured by a dentist, with a drill in the tooth cavity = wicked awsome.” MB

The Beach The Beach by Alex Garland

“A story of 3 three white Americans and Cloumbian drug dealers. The movie was bad; the book is way better.” MB

Papillon by Henri Charriere

“The autobiography of a guy who escapes prison about a million times then lives happily ever after.” MB

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

“…. one of the most interesting novels I have read recently.” RH

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni

“A beautifully written insightful look into life in Afghanistan.” RH

“This is a remarkable book for a first novel. … Whilst the Afghan culture, both at home and then in America, is vital to the novel, it is certainly a story which has universal human themes.” MT

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni

The linked review for this followup book to The Kite Runner (it is not a sequel) includes strong criticism of both novels whilst still recommending them to readers.

Vernon God Little by D. B. C.Pierre

“If you are someone who has preconcieved ideas about novels then this one might just be the one to make you see things differently. Very funny in places. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down.” RH

Prey by Michael Crichton Prey by Michael Crichton
The Sharp End by Gabrielle Lord

Responses

  1. Here are a couple for starters:

    1. Perfume by Patrick Suskind – This is one of the most interesting novels I have read recently.

    2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni – A beautifully written insightful look into life in Afghanistan.

    Also:

    Another novel by the same author has now been published called A Thousand Splendid Suns. I have not read it but Mr. Macdonagh is reading it currently and gives it the thumbs up. There you go, what further endorsement do you need?

    Will add further suggestions when I have more time.

  2. Rich didn’t have time to et back to you with more ideas so I did for him.

    Prey by Michael Crighton is worth a read and so is The Sharp End by Gabrielle Lord

  3. I read Vernon God Little during the holidays and I’d recommend it to all seniors. If you are someone who has preconcieved ideas about novels then this one might just be the one to make you see things differently. Very funny in places. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down

  4. Michael Connelly is a master crime writer, especially with his Harry Bosch books. I highly recommend reading him.


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