Basically, you should be reading. Reading is good for you. Reading is its own reward.
I'm sure that there are many of you that are already reading for your own pleasure, but I'm equally sure that some of you will need some encouragement.
As well as an escape from the screen and a welcome distraction from outside events, reading other people's writing improves your writing. Whether correlation or causation, those that read do better academically.
It is good to be able to talk about the books you read; share your thoughts. And it is also sometimes difficult to know where to start...
I've teamed up with the English department for their recommendations:
(I'm going to put the whole list on Show My Homework.)
Year 7 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll
Year 8 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel
Year 9 'I, Robot' by Isaac Asimov
Year 10 'All the Pretty Horses' by Cormac McCarthy
Year 11 'The Power and the Glory' by Graham Greene
Sixth Form 'Three Men in a Boat' by Jerome K. Jerome
Choose this book to read along with your classmates and share your opinions on your social media. Write a review and send it to email@example.com and the best review from each year will win a £20 amazon voucher (closes 8th May).
You could choose one of the other novels, or read them all! They are only an Amazon delivery away.
I rediscovered reading novels about ten years ago and have not looked back. I am working my way through Pulitzer Prize winners and currently enjoying 'The Overstory' by Richard Powers. It certainly has an excellent first half, with the life cycle of humans cleverly put into context using the lifecycle of trees.