As you’ve probably heard from school or other educational sources, reading is extremely beneficial to us. It allows us to empathise more by making us experience more extreme emotions, improve vocabulary, reduce stress levels and even change our lives. Reading or writing books can be extremely fun and productive, and you might even produce something amazing as a result of it.




One book can change a person’s life. Yes… one book. An example being Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It’s a book which highlights dystopian segregation and inequality.  It’s been out for quite a while now and has even made an appearance as a BBC show!  Stormzy is a feature in the new series and describes the show as “important” and as one of  his favourite books. He’s now even cooperated and released an organisation called #MerkyBooks with Malorie Blackman, which aims to raise the voice of upcoming writers. Reading has changed peoples’ lives, and opened their eyes to new concepts they wouldn’t have seen before.


Great books you should read (in your lifetime)

  • Holes – by Louis Sachar
  • The Lord of the Rings collection – J.R.R Tolkien
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien
  • Harry Potter series – J.K.Rowling
  • Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
  • The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
  • Tales of the Unexpected- Roald Dahl


Here are just a few examples of amazing books you could read.


A great list of books :


Why not start writing your own :

Also check out the BBC Young Writers Award for those aged 13-18.

Ganesh, 15


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