TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books I’m taking to university

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Because I’m studying English, a lot of people have told me that I’m going to get bored of reading. Apparently it’ll be a chore, so I won’t actually want to pick up anything. But I’m determined that this is not going to be the case.

I’ve been procrastinating a LOT of books. I keep borrowing things out of the library, refusing to read the books that I own (or the ones which lovely publishers have sent to me!). That’s going to change with university.

These ten books are coming with me when I move out in September, and I’m determined to get them all done by Halloween (or Christmas, at the latest).

If you’d like to read more about the books, click on their covers to check them out on Goodreads. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link in the book’s title. 

10) ‘The Lie Tree‘ by Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I read ‘The Lie Tree’ early last year, and I absolutely adored it. I purchased my own copy at YALC at the weekend because it’s a book that I’ve always wanted to reread, and I’m going to do that if I ever feel homesick.

9) ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House‘ by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House cover

I was very lucky, and I found an ARC of this book on the Hot Key book swap stand at YALC. I love horror, but sometimes YA horror leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. It’s normally more cliched than chilling! I love both of the Stephanie Perkins novels I’ve read so far, though, so I’m hoping this one will be the exception to the rule.

8) ‘Caraval‘ by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Another huge 2017 release, I got scared away by the hype surrounding ‘Caraval’. I read the first few pages and wasn’t in the right mindset for it, and since then I’ve found it remarkably difficult to give it another go. I will persevere, though – I need to see what all the fuss is about!

7) ‘The Fandom‘ by Anna Day

The Fandom by Anna Day

If you haven’t heard of ‘The Fandom’, have you been living under a rock?! It’s only THE biggest YA novel being published in 2018. I met Anna at the weekend and she’s such a funny person, and after hearing more about the story and the characters I can’t wait to meet them all.

6) ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay‘ by Laura Steven

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Publishing in March, I have plenty of time to read ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’, which I picked up at YALC on Sunday. Extremely feminist, it sounds hilarious, and I’m sure I’m going to need comedy to get me through the first few months away from home.

5) ‘Strange the Dreamer‘ by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

WHY IS IT SO BIG? I mean, it’s absolutely beautiful. Everyone recommends Laini’s writing to me, telling me that she’s one of the best magical realist writers in the world. But something about magical realism conflicts with me: I either absolutely adore it or I hate it because none of it is explained. I don’t want my distrust of the genre to impact upon my enjoyment of what could be an amazing book.

4) ‘Replica‘ by Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver

The reason I’ve been procrastinating ‘Replica’ is because I don’t want to read it in the wrong order. That sounds stupid, until you realise that you can either a) read Lyra’s story then Gemma’s story, b) read Gemma’s story then Lyra’s story or c) read alternating chapters. I know whichever way I decide to read it will impact upon my enjoyment… And that’s a bit too much pressure for an indecisive sausage like moi.

3) ‘Here We Are Now‘ by Jasmine Warga

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

The lovely folks at Hodder sent this book to me last week, and I am so excited to read it. I didn’t know that Jasmine had a second novel coming out, but ‘Here We Are Now’ sounds PERFECT. It’s all about a girl who finally meets her dad, and he’s a world famous rock star. INTRIGUE!

2) ‘The Hate U Give‘ by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give cover

Angie Thomas’ debut novel, ‘The Hate U Give’, is probably the biggest book of 2017. Not only has it taken the YA world by storm, it’s been a huge hit with adults too. Focusing on the black lives matter movement and police brutality in America, this is a relevant book with an important message, and I can’t wait to read it (and probably have a big sob, too).

1) ‘A Game of Thrones‘ by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

EVERY SINGLE TIME I talk about the books I want to read, ‘A Game of Thrones’ comes up. For a while, I was tempted to take only this with me, to force myself to read it… But who am I kidding, if I do finish it I’m going to need some light-hearted reads to help me recover!

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Wow, that’s a great looking list. I JUST heard the Fandom last week and after seeing your post, I went ahead and added it to the wishlist. I’m impressed GoT is on here. Attending school AND getting that one read is quite a feat. Good luck with your reading and with school!