Top Summer Reads: A World Beyond Exams

We asked you what titles are waiting on the top of the pile ready for some post-exam or post-essay indulgence. There’s nothing like reading for pleasure and it’s a luxury that’s thin on the ground in the lead up to the summer term. Show off your latest dust jacket as you catch some rays on campus and contemplate the summer ahead…


Selina Pope:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is meant to be really good.” This famous book by a Nigerian author takes you to the world of the Igbo people in the late nineteenth century.

Helena Horton:
Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. No, not really, although that would be a welcome break from Consequentialism right now! Teen fiction is one of my guilty pleasures after hardcore revision.  My aunt gave me a book called The Feminist Promise by Christine Stansell for my birthday last year, so true to stereotypical feminist form I will  probably read that.”


Zena Jarjis:
“I’m reading This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz at the moment because I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for my dissertation and loved it! The tone of these stories is similar to that of Oscar Wao, but there’s more of a focus on the narrator’s love life rather than the history of the Dominican Republic.”

Callum Shannon:
“Probably A Thousand Splendid Suns because I loved Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and everyone says it’s even better!” This novel relates the story of two Afghan women, a mother and daughter, and is set during the rise and fall of the Taliban.


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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is another Nigerian writer whose most recent novel Americanah is flying off the shelves. We predict it to be a major prize-winner!