Matilda's Book Shelf

November 14, 2018

If you are like Matilda Wormwood, a bibliophile who loves spending hours sitting quietly devouring one book after another, then, you are in the right place. This is a list with some of the Books Matilda read in Roald Dahl's classic tale. 

How many have you read?

“I'm wondering what to read next." Matilda said. "I've finished all the children's books.” 

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

1 The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett | Children's Classics


After the death of her parents, Mary is sent live in her uncle's great lonely house on the Moors where she discovers the key to a Secret Garden.

2 Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

Charles Dickens | Fiction Classics


Nicholas strives to support his mother and sister after the death of Mr. Nickleby leaves them impoverished.

3 Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens | Fiction Classics


Oliver escapes from a miserable workhouse where he's spent his childhood, travels to London, and befriends Artful Dodger, Fagin, and their group of thieves.

4 Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte | Romance Classics


A poor, abused orphan named Jane uses her cleverness and perseverance to win the love of the man she loves.

5 Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen | Romance Classics


The beautiful, young Elizabeth falls in love with Mr. Darcy, but he must control his pride while she tries to overcome her prejudice.

6 Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy | Romance Classics


Tess, a poor country girl is raped and becomes pregnant. When she gets married to Angel, he is infuriated to learn she had a baby by another man.

7 Kim


Rudyard Kipling | Children's Classics


The tale of an Irish boy raised as an Indian in imperial India. It is the story of his coming of age in a world of high adventure, mystic quests, and the "great game" between the British and the Russians for control of Central Asia.

8 The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Herbert George Wells | Sci-Fi Classics


A scientist creates a serum to render himself invisible, but he can't reverse it, and this and this intolerable state drives him to madness and murder.

9 Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Herman Melville | Fiction Classics


Captain Ahab's is fueled by his desire to kill the great white whale that tore off his leg leads, but his attempts lead to disaster.

10 Ivanhoe


Walter Scott | Fiction Classics


The Saxons and the Normans fight for power in England during the Reign of King Richard the Lionhearted.

11 The Adventures of Peter Pan

The Adventures of Peter Pan

James M. Barrie | Children's Classics


Peter Pan, a little boy who can fly, experiences many adventures in Wonderland with Wendy, her brothers, Tinkerbelle, and Captain Hook.