8 Books University Students Should Read
It seems ridiculous to me that I graduated university 5 years ago now! Where has the time gone. When I left for university in 2013 I was desperate for reading material about life at uni.
As such, I thought I would share a few books you can purchase to prepare yourself for university life.
An obvious choice is the YA novel Freshers. Phoebe and Luke have just started at university, Luke is newly single and Phoebe is crushing on him. But during the course of the year lots of typical uni-things happen, and it’s a romance where you constantly wondering ‘will they ever find each other?’
For fans of literary fiction I suggest Normal People by Sally Rooney. Not only is the book incredible but so is the TV series. It focuses on Marianne and Connell who were in a secret romantic relationship at school and then find themselves reconnected at University in Ireland. Their roles in society are reversed and their educations vary, it’s a brilliantly written and honest look at life at university and the relationships that develop there.
Not more favourite, but an obvious choice for books on university. This story is about a group of students studying Greek, and their ‘secret society’ which turns murderous. It’s part mystery, part social commentary on class and it’s very prose-y.
For those that are worried about university, this is the book for you. It’s set in the final year of school but the story follows two friends/neighbours as they get into university and the idea of letting go on their pasts.
A heart wrenching collection of non-fiction and short stories from the late Marina Keegan. Marina was tragically killed in a car crash shortly after she graduated, but her works were published posthumously and they’re fantastic in my opinion. Honest, raw and creative.
Starting on move-in day, this story follows an introverted university student who lives to write fan fiction. Of course a romance ensues, their friendships and typical YA ups-and-downs. Good fun and a great introduction to university living.
J.K. Rowling is a bit persona-non-grata right now, but her speech to the Harvard graduating class of 2008 is still relevant. For students that are currently at uni this is a good and inspiring read.
And finally, for the more risqué readers among you why not go for the trashy guilty pleasure that is After by Anna Todd. No, the romance is nothing like you’ll experience at university but it’s a fun opening read for life in a new education system.
Those are my top suggestions. What about you? Let me know if you have any university book recommendations in the comments below.