Six for Sunday: Books You Read At School


Steph is hurting both my brain and my feelings with this week’s prompt. Not only am I straining my little grey cells to remember the books I read during high school (I started there 23 years ago), but it is also reminding me how old I am. Here are six of the books I read whilst I was at school. They are all books I read for pleasure rather than study, and which have stuck with me.

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This was one of my absolute favourites. I read it over and over again. Imagine how thrilled I was to find out they were re-releasing it WITH a graphic novel edition!

2. Tell Me I’m Okay Really by Rosie Rushton. This was another favourite of mine at school, and one that I read until my copy fell apart. It was one of the first books I read with a strong focus on mental health.

3. Over Sea Under Stone by Susan Cooper. I adored this series of books. They were probably my first real foray into fantasy. They were dark and brilliant and I couldn’t get enough of them.

4. Fearless by Francine Pascal. This was probably my favourite series as a teen. I so wanted to be a girl without a fear gene; this series was definitely wish fulfilment for me. I really want to get my hands on these as an adult and see if they stand up to my memories.

5. The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman. Controversially, I don’t love the Sally Lockhart books. I did, however, adore this last book in the series where Adelaide takes the lead. She is an amazing character and was a huge inspiration to me.

6. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. I don’t think there is anyone from my age group who won’t have read this. Georgia was the most amazingly embarrassing main character and the situations she got herself into had me in stitches.

What books did you read whilst you were at school? Have you read any from my list?


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  1. I have not read any of these, though I do want to read the Sally Lockhart ones. My reading for pleasure reading from school is mostly on my blog since I only left a few months ago 🙈, so my favourite book we studied was Tally’s Blood, closely followed by the Graveyard Book.
    Amy x

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  2. I’ve not read any of these – not even the Philip Pullmans!! But I do want to read those!
    And despite starting secondary school a year before you (if my maths us up to scratch!) I’ve not read any Louise Rennison either!

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      1. Yep, 95 here! I know a colleague said she’d read them all and they’d all been mad for them at her school growing up too so I must have just totally missed it where I was!


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