World Book Day: Our tutor’s top recommendations

Whether you’re an avid reader or a 1 book a year kind of person, it doesn’t matter – there are plenty of fantastic books out there to learn from and enjoy. The trick is finding the ones that really grab your interest.

That’s why this World Book Day, we’re sharing 3 top books recommended by our trusted tutors. Hand-picked for teens, we’ve got both fiction and non-fiction to help you find your next favorite book.

Top 3 World Book Day recommendations:

1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

The first book in the series of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is a thrilling read especially for those new to the dystopian genre, with readers following the protagonist Katniss Everdeen’s courageous journey through the games. 

It’s a great introduction to dystopian fiction and may be best suited to mid-teens and over. This engaging story and fight for survival narrative shows us that a glimmer of hope resting within the protagonist and may be a valuable lesson of hope for us all. – Zara

2. Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday

“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday is a must-read for teenagers navigating the complex journey of self-discovery and ambition. He dissects the concept of ego and its impact on personal growth and success by providing compelling historical and contemporary examples, making it relatable for young minds. 

This book teaches the value of humility, resilience, and continuous learning. It’s an invaluable guide for teens in understanding that true success comes not from feeding the ego, but from transcending it. It’s especially relevant in today’s social media-driven world, where external validation can often overshadow genuine achievement. – Zubaid

3. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

This graphic novel, “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi, beautifully combines the everyday with the political, as it tells the story of the narrator’s life growing up in Iran and Austria during the Iranian revolution. It’s a book I highly recommend for A-level students, especially those looking to study World/Comparative Literature, History or Politics.

Told in 2 parts, ‘Childhood’ and ‘Returning Home’, this book is both entertaining and highly illuminating. It explores class, gender, race and identity throughout and, because of its format, is easy to read and understand. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about life in Iran or who’s looking for an interesting new read! (There’s a film version available too) – Francesca

For more book recommendations this World Book Day we recommend this list of upcoming YA fiction for 2024

Happy reading! 

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