6 Books I'd Recommend to University Students

Top 6 Books I’d recommend to a Student

I have officially started my 3rd, and final, year of University and it is mind-blowingly scaryalright not mind-blowingly. It is enough to freak me out and want to curl up in a corner with a book though.

Which got me thinking.

What books would I recommend to myself if I had to start this whole process off again? So I’m going to have ago at recommending some books to students based on what I have read over the last 3 years.

Here we go:

1.   Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

A good book to start off with because it is a relatively short, it has some student-y elements with a really nice 80s/90s vibe to it (not extremely 80s or 90s though). It deals with mental health issues and friendships & the style of the book is flowing and easy-to-put-down-and-pick-up. Perfect for reading in between seminar preps.

2.   Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie) by Cecelia Ahern

I read this in my second year and I could not put it down. It is a romance developed from friendship and it is all about missing chances. This is a classic book for reading before bed or when relaxing on your ‘study days’.

3.   The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern

When you are having a rough time or need some downtime from life read the Night Circus, you are transported to this Victorian era filled with Wish Trees, Cloud Tents and the best described popcorn ever! It’s transportation at its best.

4.   The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

For those struggling with confused sexuality, friendship or a want to be themselves this is a really good book for inspiration as well as enjoyment. I really loved this book!

5.   The Reader by Bernard Schlink

Not only is this historical fiction, so it’ll make you seem grown up, this book will have you considering how you live your life. With issues of redemption, forgiveness, first love and guilt it is a heavy book filled with under-stated beauty and horror. A really interesting read.

6.   The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Perfect for Christmas time and perfect for when you need a moment of childish adventure in your life. For the most part these brothers and sisters are part of most student’s childhoods, sometimes it’s nice to revisit old friends.

There we go. 6 is a random number, I know, but I couldn’t think of any others that hadn’t already been covered in that genremost of my books were historical after all.

I hope you enjoyed the list nonetheless. Let me know if you have any recommendations for me to read in my final year! I’d love some new books on my TBR!

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

Let’s do a Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Broke and Bookish. Today’s category is:

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

They are:

1.   The Bees by Laline Paull

This is a book I’ve been mentioning a lot lately, and still haven’t got around to reading, but cannot wait to read. It is told from the perspective of a female worker bee. A perspective I have never even heard of let alone read.

2.   Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

The movie adaption of this is coming out sometime next year, I think, and from what I’ve heard of the plot I think it is a book to read beforehand (so as to save myself from the traumatic sobbing in the cinema) Will is a quadriplegic young man and Louisa is a young woman who becomes his carer. There are some deep themes in this story: euthanasia, coming-of-age, rape and love, but I have heard great things.

3.   Downton Abbey Season 3 Scripts by Julian Fellowes

I remembering reading the scripts for Season 2 when I started University for the 2nd year last year, and now I’m joining my third I have such an urge to read the scripts! Odd. The last season has just begun airing in Britain and so far it has been really good! I’m in such a Downton mood now. Cuppa tea and this book sounds like heaven.

4.   The Care & Management of Lies by Jaqueline Winspear

I’ve recently got back into reading World War One Literature and this book has been sitting pretty on my shelf for well over a year and I think it is about time I read it! Told from the perspectives of two friends and one of their husbands the story travels from the trenches, to a struggling farm on the homefront as each of the relations deals with the effects of WW1 and the changes in society.

5.   All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

YesI still need to read this book tooI haven’t been in a YA mood lately. But I will get there. This book has drawn similarities from The Fault In Our Starsmight be a bit heavy for the first week back at University but something to settle into soon.

6.   Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H.Lawrence

This is the next book on my classics ‘to-read’ list and I have started it. So far I can tell it is going to be a ‘wordy’ book but I haven’t been able to draw out any other conclusions. Supposedly it is a racy book, it is what it is famous for, but after reading (unfortunately) one chapter and seeing one clip (even more unfortunately) from  Fifty Shades of Grey I think I can handle mentions of a man’s ‘John Thomas’ and plaited pubic hair.

7.  Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I first saw this book on Jen Campbell’s Booktube channel and I have been intrigued by it ever since. I think it is about time I got around to reading it. The story is about a person who is inter-sex Cal (his male name) or Calliope (his female name) is the main protagonist of a story about Greek heritage, mutated genes and sexual identity. Complicated but fascinating.

8.   Jubilee Lines by Carol Ann Duffy

I have been really enjoying reading Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry recently. I just completed ‘The Bees’ and I saw this collection on the Book People for £2 and I had to grab it and now I can’t wait to read it and add it to my growing collection of poetry books.

9.   The Year of the Rat by Clare Furness

This is a book on my University reading list and one I have also started to read. The protagonist, Pearl, is heartbroken at the death of her pregnant mother and has to deal with the mental effects of this sudden death as well as the emotional effects of having a newborn sister (the rat) who she cannot stop blaming for the death of her mother. A coming-of-age story about grief, loss and love.

10. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Believe it or not I am still reading this seriesI took a summer-long break after reading this book, mostly, on journeys home from University. I am hoping to get back into it and complete it before the end of autumn so I can finally tick it off my-read list!

There are my Top Ten Books to read this autumn. I hope you enjoyed, leave me a link to your own posts on what you’re reading, I can’t wait to check some out!

Happy Reading!


Liebster Award

What is LBA?

“Nomination for LBA (Liebster Award) is received from another blogger in recognition for a ‘job well done’. It is awarded for blogs with fewer readers, so it gives the possibility of better recognition. The nominees should answer the 11 questions they received from the person who nominated them. Then nominate 11 new blogs and give them 11 new questions.

The Rules

·        You can’t nominate the people who nominated you.

·        You have to notify the new nominees of the event, providing a link to your blog to these instructions.

·        You have to ask 11 questions set for bloggers only.

·        Nominate 11 different blogs.

The Eleven Questions:

1.   Why are you blogging?

I mainly chose to start a blog because I wanted to gain experience in a book-environment based job (almost). I am a writer by trade but I want to get into Book Publishing after I complete my degree starting a blog was a foot in the right direction. It has also fuelled my love of books!

2.   What’s your best quote in life?

Props go to mum for this: “Rule 1: All men are bastards. Rule 2: If in doubt, Rule 1 applies”. It’s not always true but hey, it’s funny!

3.   If someone gave you £5000 how would you spend the money?

The clichéd answer would be ‘Books!’ and it would certainly be true to some extent. But I would also book a holiday to New York for New Year’s Eve! That’s one of my bucket list wishes!

4.   Do you think people can change? (Are you the same person as you were 5 years ago?)

Peopl can most definitely change! 5 years ago I was a boffin, who didn’t brush her hair, had glasses, braces and a very sarcastic/defensive attitude. Now I am much more open (although still sarcastic) I try hard to look ‘good’ but focus on what I like more than trends and I am happier than I’ve ever been.

5.   If you were granted an autograph from anyone who would it be?

Because it is an impossibility I would certainly treasure an autograph from one of the Bronte Sisters. They never received the recognition that deserved (whilst alive) Anne and Emily in particular and asking them for an autograph (although most likely they’d have refused) would have been at least some encouragement that their writing was worth it.

6.   What is something you have always wanted to try?

I have always wanted to try figure skating. The idea of being able to spin 40 mph and practically fly whilst skating on ice seems mesmerising to me!

7.  You have 3 plane tickets where are you going?

I’d get a plane to America probably Boston or New York then catch a plane over to Rome before flying to Edinburgh and driving home. There are so many places I’d like to visit but they’re some of my top places.

8.   What type of people are you afraid of?

The people who say hurtful things without realising that they are hurtful. Because when you question them you only hurt their feelings which makes you the bad person. Lose-lose.

9.   Who’s your favourite actor and what was his or her best role?

I have so many favourite actors/actresses and I flit from person to person quite regularly. At the minute probably Dylan O’Brien from Teen Wolf/Maze Runner Series.

10. How do you think the world will look in 100 years?

Probably a whole lot taller and less sunny. With a lot of screens and monochrome buildings.

11. Who is your favourite artist or painter?

My favourite artist is an up and coming artist: Freyja Hides-Westwood. (See her work below)



Here are my questions:

1.   Why did you start blogging?

2.   What is your favourite hobby?

3.   Who is a person you admire?

4.   What is your ideal birthday?

5.   If you could pass one law what would it be?

6.   What is your favourite food?

7.  What are two aims for your blog?

8.   If you could travel back in time where would you go?

9.   What is your favourite quote/motto?

10. What were your dreams as a child?

11. What was the last thing that made you smile?
Happy Reading J

Top Ten YA Contemporary Novels

Technically this is a list of Ten YA Contemporary books that I want to read. I haven’t read many stand-alone YA books, let alone ones that aren’t in the Dystopian genre too.

Here goes:

1.   Me, Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The movie adaption of this has just been released but it is one book I would like to read before seeing the movie as I think the movie is going to be better, so I’d rather it be an improvement on the book rather than the book being a disappointment.

2.   My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I need to find this book before I can read it. So far I haven’t been able to find a copy in England, but I will one day! The story, I believe, is about a young girl who has a troubled life with her mother but then meets her new neighbours and spends a lot of time around their house, eventually falling in love. Or something like that.

3.   Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Leviathan & Rachel Cohn
A story of two people who meet one night and decide to travel around the city looking for a secretive band who only plays on random nights and no one knows who they are. Of course there is a theme of romance but if it is anything like the film there is also a hint of sarcasm and fun.

4.   All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I really want to read this book. It seems to have a buzz of The Fault In Ours whilst also including some hard-hitting themes about mental illness.

5.   Paper Towns by John Green

I need to read another John Green to see if I actually like his writing and this is the only one of his books that interests me so it’ll probably be the next one I read.

6.   Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Another author I would like to read more of. Since this one involves writing and also college life it seems suitable for me to read in my last year of University studying Creative Writing.

7.  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

A story revolving around a young girl who is raped at a party and has to deal with the alienation that comes with such a horrible situation, not only socially but mentally as she does not speak after the event.

8.   The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Bianca is classified as the ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ and this comedic story is all about what happens within that label. Feeling that I have been a part of this label at some point or another I’m interested to see whether this is just another teenage-clique book or one with a messageI have a feeling it will be the former which means it should be fun.

9.   This Song will save your Life by Lelia Sales

A young girl struggles to make friends and almost gives up after a disastrous attempt but then meets an underground crowd of music-lovers and falls in love with DJing. I love music but I’ve never actually read a book with a music theme in its core.

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanez
Aristotle and Dante are two loner-boys who meet and begin to talk to each other with nothing in common, but then develop a friendship that is incredibly powerful. I don’t know if this is LGBT book or simply a book of friendship but I enjoy the premise and I look forward to reading the book in the future.

So there are my Top Ten YA Contemporary books on my TBR list. I can’t wait to get through a few of them let me know if there are any I have missed from my list that you would recommend.

Happy Reading!

The 'Would You Rather' Book Tag

I was tagged to the ‘Would You Rather’ book tag by the lovely Soudha over at Of Stacks and Cups and I thought it was about time I did it!

The tag was originally created by Rachel Reads, a youtuber, and you can watch her video here.


1.   Would you rather read only trilogies or stand alones?

I think I would mostly read stand alones, that way I can read more diversely and also read more, trilogies are great but I sometimes miss other characters and storylines.


2.  Would you rather read only male or female authors?

This is a random question for me because I never really differentiate between authors, I’m looking at my bookshelf now and for the first time becoming aware that authors had genders in the first place I know that sounds weird but it’s not the author I’m reading (again, that sounds weird) it’s their workbut I suppose I would go female simply because then I get to read Harry Potter still


3.   Would you rather shop at Barnes & Nobles Waterstones or Amazon?
(I’ve crossed out Barnes & Nobles as I’m British and we don’t have a Barnes & Nobles shop, mostly Waterstones)

I think I would choose Amazon. I know that that is sacrilege considering all the hoo-hah over the economics and unfairness of Amazon but I am a sucker for a bargain and you can find beautiful editions of books on Amazon too.


4.  Would you rather all books became movies or TV Shows?

I’d say movies simply because I watch a minimum of 3 movies a day and I’m not a fan of long-drawn out stories. Also TV shows have a habit of changing bits from books to elongate the shows rather than respecting the written word.


5.  Would you rather read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

This is hard one! I wouldn’t know whether I’d have the headspace to read 5 books a week but I don’t think I could stand only 5 pages a dayso I’ll go with 5 books a week. Who needs sleep!


6.  Would you rather be a professional reviewer or author?

Author. Handsdown. Easy question.


7.  Would you rather only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?

I’m going to sound like a hypocrite but I’d ready new ones. I love reading Harry Potter every summer but if I were only left with Harry Potter and 13 other books I would be lacking imaginative freedom!


8.   Would you rather be a librarian or a book seller

I think I would be a book seller there is nothing better then those crisp pages, brand-new-book smell as well as the unlimited access to newly published books.


9.  Would you rather only read your favourite genre, or ever genre except your favourite?

I think I would opt to read every genre except my favourite, there are so many genres to read I would feel tied down if I was just to read my favourite which at the moment is Historical Fiction.


10.            Would you rather only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical books only! Ever! I can’t read eBooks, they irritate me and give me headaches!


So there we have it. Thanks Soudha for tagging me! I tag anyone that wants to have ago! J


Happy Reading