It’s a Top Ten Tuesday ‘freebie’ week and I thought I’d talk about the books I read at university. I don’t mean for university, but the books I read while I was meant to be writing my university essays. I have shelves on Goodreads dedicated to what I read at certain points in my life. Here’s ten books from my ‘read in university’ shelf.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is one of my absolute favourite novels. I read it during the summer break between my first and second year of university. I was a member of a few online communities and it kept popping up as a ‘must read’. I borrowed it from the library and read it in one sitting.
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld was discovered in a secondhand bookshop for only 20p. I read it before I started enjoy young adult contemporary fiction, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of it now!
The Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson was raced through during my second year at university. I read the second book on the way to the university library and I didn’t stop reading when I got there – I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next in Lisbeth Salander’s story!
Watching the English by Kate Fox was read during my second year at university as part of my ‘Sociology of Everyday Life’ course, an anthropological analysis of English behaviour, like an early Very British Problems!
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult was purchased from Waterstones, a rare occurrence because I hadn’t yet developed an affinity for bookshops, so only bought books online, and it quickly became my favourite Picoult novel. It’s one of the many books I want to read as part of the Re-Read Challenge!
Yes Man by Danny Wallace was bought because I loved the idea of saying ‘yes’ more. I was excited about starting my first internship at the publisher, after my second year at university, because I also enjoyed two of his other books, Friends Like These and Join Me.
The Missing by Jane Casey was acquired at the aforementioned publisher during my internship. It wasn’t until my third year at university, when I was really sick, that I started it. I felt guilty because I wasn’t doing my work but instead was reading a gripping mystery – about two children who go missing sixteen years apart – in less than two days.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the first classics I had read since school. I read it on a train, on the way home during a freezing February afternoon, surprised at how engaging, colourful and readable it was.
A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer is a crime thriller borrowed from my mum. I read it shortly after I had left university, loving the fact that I could curl up with an exciting book whenever I wanted to!
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby was read a month before I graduated. Between the ages of 15 and 21, I loved music even more than I loved books. Here’s an exclusive snippet from an old High Fidelity review: “It’s interesting to read about people who understand the importance of music; those who relate it to every aspect of their lives, search for old demos or new acoustics, constantly recommend people music, and shake their heads at people who just don’t get it.”
(I noticed there are only two young adult novels and no children’s novels in this list. Oh how my reading has changed!).
Have you read any of these?