A labour of love
  1. 1.
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Required reading, regression of humanity
  2. 2.
    The Girl Without a Sound by Buhle Ngaba
    South African picture book, black girl magic
  3. 3.
    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  4. 4.
    Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr
    Historical Fiction, Israel/Palestine, saga
  5. 5.
    The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard
    Play, South African, protest theatre
  6. 6.
    Adventure Series by Willard Price
    Middle Grade, fun adventures, probably out of print
  7. 7.
    Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw
    YA, India, human trafficking
  8. 8.
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Afghanistan, women, beautiful
  9. 9.
    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
    Non-fiction, illness narrative, Canadian-Hmong
  10. 10.
    Sabriel by Garth Nix
    High fantasy, world-builiding, adventure
  11. 11.
    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    MG, friendship, will make you cry
  12. 12.
    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
    Required reading, seminal WWII work, non-fiction
  13. 13.
    Lactivism by Courtney Jung
    Non-fiction, research, breastfeeding, health
  14. 14.
    A Dry White Season by André P. Brink
    South African, Apartheid, protest, be woke
  15. 15.
    The Karma Suture by Rosamund Kendal
    South African medical chick-lit
  16. 16.
    Skin by Ilka Tampke
    43AD, pagan historical fiction, magical realism
  17. 17.
    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    Sci-fi, interplanetary, adventure, YA, coming of age
  18. 18.
    A Game Called Survival by Ian Reid
    Historical Fiction, Italy, WWII
  19. 19.
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    Historical fiction, Southern USA, racial prejudice
  20. 20.
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    YA, dystopian, action, will get your teen into reading
  21. 21.
    White Cat by Holly Black
    Magical realism, criminal family, dark and wonderful
  22. 22.
    Suicide Med by Freida McFadden
    Med school thriller, fun
  23. 23.
    Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn
    Non-fiction, women, economy, empowerment
  24. 24.
    The Body Electric by Beth Revis
    YA, sci-fi, Malta
  25. 25.
    The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne
    Historical fiction, Russia, Romanovs
  26. 26.
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    Biography, medical science, ethics
  27. 27.
    Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
    Historical fiction, Bloomsbury Group, literature
  28. 28.
    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
    Contemporary, bit of magic
  29. 29.
    A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg
    Non-fiction, refugees, Somalia
  30. 30.
    Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
    Africa Noir, twisty magical realism
  31. 31.
    Room by Emma Donoghue
    Child's POV, salient, CW: sexual/physical abuse
  32. 32.
    Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
    YA, Peter Pan retelling
  33. 33.
    I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
    Graphic memoir
  34. 34.
    Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
    China, ballet, autobiography
  35. 35.
    Yes, I am! Writing by South African Gay Men (edited by Robin Malan)
    Title says it all 👌🏼
  36. 36.
    Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
    Historical fiction, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saga
  37. 37.
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    YA, fantasy, chimera, Prague, Morocco
  38. 38.
    The Radiation Sonnets by Jane Yolen
    Poetry, terminal illness, love
  39. 39.
    28: Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen
    Non-fiction, politics, HIV
  40. 40.
    The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
    YA, retelling, fantasy, Arabian
  41. 41.
    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
    YA, carnivorous horses
  42. 42.
    The BFG by Roald Dahl
    Children's, book better than movie
  43. 43.
    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
    Female pilots, spies, WWII, friendship, YA
  44. 44.
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Feminist lit, required reading, dystopian
  45. 45.
    The Smell of Apples by Mark Behr
    Apartheid childhood. CW: sexual assault
  46. 46.
    The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
    YA, post-apocalyptic, many dialects
  47. 47.
    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    Geeky romance, YA
  48. 48.
    Railsea by China Miéville
    Steampunk Moby Dick-retelling
  49. 49.
    Just One Day by Gayle Forman
    Contemporary, Netherlands, France, YA, romance
  50. 50.
    Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
    Early 90s USA HIV-narrative, family
  51. 51.
    In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
    Historical fiction, Cambodia, war, loss
  52. 52.
    Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Mathew Dicks/Green
    Imaginary friend's POV, autism
  53. 53.
    Every Day by David Levithan
    YA, contemporary, diverse
  54. 54.
    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
    Historical Fiction, orphan trains
  55. 55.
    Sister-Sister by Rachel Zadok
    South African, twins, alternate future, thriller
  56. 56.
    The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
    Magical realism, adventure, love, 1900 NYC
  57. 57.
    The Martian by Andy Weir
    Sci-fi, space
  58. 58.
    Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
    Darker MG, alternative fairytale
  59. 59.
    The Girl with All the Gifts
    Post-apocalyptic adventure, surprise ending
  60. 60.
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman
    Dystopian organ donation
  61. 61.
    The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Historical fiction, botany, women in science, travel
  62. 62.
    We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
    African lit, Zimbabwe, immigration, identity
  63. 63.
    The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
    MG, probably needs some adult guidance in identifying cultural appropriation issues and discrimination.
  64. 64.
    Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
    Segregation, historical fiction, LGBTQ
  65. 65.
    The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
    Non-fiction, neuro-plasticity, health sciences
  66. 66.
    Spud by John van de Ruit
    South African boys' boarding school
  67. 67.
    The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman
    YA, epistolary, Sudan, refugees
  68. 68.
    Good night Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
    Required reading, historical fiction, WWII, England
  69. 69.
    The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
    Non-fiction, memoir, WWII
  70. 70.
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Historical fiction, YA, WWII, Germany, booklovers, death.
  71. 71.
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Creeptastic MG
  72. 72.
    If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
    YA, contemporary, forest-dwelling, CW: sexual assault
  73. 73.
    Looking for Alaska by John Green
    YA, boarding school, booklovers, makes you cry
  74. 74.
    My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
    Contemporary YA, moonshine
  75. 75.
    All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    Historical fiction, France, blindness, WWII
  76. 76.
    The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
    Malaysia, Japanese culture, historical fiction
  77. 77.
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    LGBTQ, coming of age, YA
  78. 78.
    Undertow by Michael Buckley
    YA, sci-fi, underwater aliens, Coney Island
  79. 79.
    Animorphs (series) by Katherine Applegate
    MG, shapeshifting, aliens
  80. 80.
    The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
    YA, LGBTQ, "correctional" camps
  81. 81.
    Deadlands by Lily Herne
    YA, South African zombie apocalypse
  82. 82.
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    YA, sci-fi, interplanetary, cyborgs, magic
  83. 83.
    The Future of Sex by Lexi Maxxwell
    Sci-fi smut
  84. 84.
    The Last Brother by Natacha Appanah
    Historical fiction, Mauritius, refugees
  85. 85.
    Riot by Sarah Mussi
    Indie YA, dystopian
  86. 86.
    In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
    Graphic novel, gaming culture
  87. 87.
    A Life In Pieces by Richard Baer
    Non-fiction, psychiatry, multiple personality disorder
  88. 88.
    The Backwash of War by Ellen N. La Motte
    Non-fiction, nursing, war
  89. 89.
    Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
    YA, music, French Revolution
  90. 90.
    Coconut by Kopano Matlwa
    Racial identity, South African
  91. 91.
    Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
    MG, transgender
  92. 92.
    Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
    Historical fiction, China, immigration, sisters
  93. 93.
    The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
    Historical fiction, saga, Myanmar/Singapore/India/Malaysia
  94. 94.
    The Big Necessity by Rose George
    Non-fiction, waste disposal, micro-history
  95. 95.
    Moloka'i by Alab Brennert
    Historical fiction, Hawai'i, leprosy
  96. 96.
    Sex in the Sea by Mara J. Hardt
    Non-fiction, marine life, ecology
  97. 97.
    Kalyana by Rajni Mala Khelawan
    Historical fiction, Fiji, identity, immigration
  98. 98.
    The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake
    Japan, historical fiction, post-WWII
  99. 99.
    Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
    Nigeria, YA, fantasy, magical realism, albinism