Room by Emma Donoghue

Jack is five, and excited about his birthday. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures eleven feet by eleven feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friend, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only [...]

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

My mum bought me this book as part of a batch of modern classics when I was about thirteen. I powered through Animal Farm and Bonjour Tristesse, hoovered up Breakfast at Tiffany's, and just failed to feel in anyway excited about this book. Back then, I made it nearly a third of the way through [...]

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

There are some hobbits that you just don't take a shine to. Those Baggins living under the hill for example. Always going on about how very well off they are. Always whinging about the Sackville-Baggins and how they're trying to steal their hobbit hole. Always looking down on the Tooks for being a little bit [...]