Top 10 Books I read While at Uni

Don’t know if I’ve mentioned this buuut I’ve just finished education!!! I am now to encounter the perils of real employment, paying bills and being forced to wake up during this strange thing known as the morning. Gross.

With my student card expiring at the end of the month, although I’m hoping no-one will notice, here are the 10 books I enjoyed most during the last three years. A slight variations on this weeks Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl, all about books I’ve enjoyed this half year.

And don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about those really expensive course books I’ve been made to buy, probably written by the lecturer who’s running the course, and definitely not the page turner they would have you believe it is. These are the fun books that I totally didn’t read when I should have been focussing slightly more on my work…

1. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

My favourite book I read at university by far! I remember racing through this 500 page, tiny printed novel in my January exam week of second year. Slightly detrimental to my exams, but I definitely have no regrets.

2. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Do I bang on about these novels a bit too much? Because I thought they were brilliant. I’m a sucker for that rebellion ok! I will resist putting Traitor on this list as well as Rebel, since I am already struggling for space!

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This novel. I can’t even. It was so important, brilliantly written, great plot. Can I have three books at number one? Is that allowed?

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steivfater

Because spoilt rich kids, dead Welsh kings and smooth talking political seventeen year olds was just what my second year at university needed.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Did I actually enjoy a classic??! What is this?? I just really enjoyed how this book portrayed women and relationships, it was a little hard to read but not at all what I was expecting!


6. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I was watching Thor (the movie, not the fictional god) on TV last night and all I could think was how Thor enjoys watching TV with his two talking goat friends.

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ok, I think I need to lie down, how are two classics on this list?? I really enjoyed this book and it has a really cracking movie adaption.

8. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

An interesting premise and action packed book. I’m a big fan

9. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy

A bit of a first year throwback but I remember really enjoying this book back in my small, first year halls room. When dystopian novel was all I read and I didn’t quite know how to cook pasta yet… I had so much to learn back then…

10. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

A bit Marmite but I really enjoyed it. It was the first fairy tale-esque story I’ve ever read and I’m a fan.


So there we go- the books I’ve enjoyed most these last three years. What book did you enjoy most from the last three years? Have a favourite novel you read this year? Would love to read your TTT if wrote one so feel free to drop it in the comments!!

68 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I read While at Uni

  1. So many great books here, love Pride and Prejudice 😍 I really want to read The Hate U Give, sounds like you loved it, my friend who is currently reading it doesn’t like it very much, think I will keep it on my “to read” list still.

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      1. Oh I love a classic, have you read Jane Eyre or Rebecca? They are two more of my favs. I’m not sure I just don’t think she is getting into it. But she did say I would probably like it more so is lending it to me after. I will let you know what I think 🤗📚

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      2. Jane Eyre is great, her school and childhood bit is a bit meh but once you get through that its good. Rebecca is more exciting and dark its about a woman who married a man but he has recently been widowed she was called “Rebecca” no one is over her death and the new bride feels over shadowed by her constant “presence” and the fact she will never be as good as Rebecca. Its so good. I wrote a review recently you can read on my blog if you like 🤗📚


  2. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics, but I’m not sure whether that’s because I’ve seen so many movie/tv versions as well as reading the book 🙂
    I also loved A Darker Shade of Magic, it was so good!

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  3. I LOVED Rebel of the Sands as well–I haven’t read the sequels though. D: And I really, really need to finally get around to reading The Hate U Give.
    Wish me luck as I start my first year of uni this August. xD Also, I’m a new blog follower 🙂
    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always


  4. Oooh, I read The Hazel Wood at college last fall! I enjoyed it and I’m curious to see what else Melissa Albert will write in the future.
    Also, I’m going to be taking a Jane Austen class this coming fall so I will probably also be reading Pride & Prejudice at college too! 🙂
    (And lol yes, waking up in the morning is gross)

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      1. Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on it too!
        Will do! 🙂 And I’m majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis!
        What did you just finish studying?


      2. My major is made up of half writing classes and half lit classes, but so far I’ve taken an Intro to Lit class (so a mix of poetry, short stories, plays), early British lit (like Beowulf and Paradise Lost), and Ethnic American YA Lit (Monster, Shadowshaper, The House on Mango Street, etc). Lol, so I guess I’ve study a big mix of books?
        And oooh, computer science, that’s so cool and impressive! I did some coding last summer for some school research (I also have a math minor), but I’ve completely forgotten everything I learned.
        What drew you to computer science?

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      3. Wow that’s very cool! It must be so fun that you get to read and it counts as studying 😂 I haven’t really read any of those, I’m not a fan of classics generally
        Ooh very cool! What language did you code in? Ive always just enjoyed messing around on computers 😂


      4. Yes, reading for homework is great!
        And I coded in a program called Spyder, which uses Python!
        That’s really cool! I am very much NOT a tech/computer savvy person, lol, so I find people who understand technology so impressive! 🙂

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      5. Oh gosh, it’s kind of a blur now. 😅 Um, we were attempting to code simple neural networks. So at first it was from scratch and then we started using Keras/TensorFlow code for it.

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      6. Lol, I didn’t really understand what I was doing for a lot of it. When it came to Keras/Tensorflow, I was just tweaking code that had already been written to fit what we were doing 😅

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  5. Congratulations on recently finishing school! It seems like you read a ton of great books while you were in university.
    What book did you enjoy most from the last three years?
    The Hate U Give is an all time favorite, as well as Cinder and Rebel of the Sands.
    Have a favourite novel you read this year?
    Besides the ones listed above (all read the past year or two), I loved Bone Gap. It was different for me, featuring magical realism and was so well written.

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  6. Oooh! I see a few books I’ve read on this list! Raven Boys (MAGIC! I recently read Steifvater’s latest book, All The Crooked Saints, and it was JUST as cerebral!) Pride and Prejudice (though I personally consider Persuasion to be my favorite underrated Austen novel!) and Magnus Chase (I’ve read the first two of that series–Hammer of Thor was great! I still need to read Ship of the Dead…)
    Also, in reference to your reply just above this comment, I saw a title and I *NEED* to recommend it! Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and it is EVERYTHING IN A FAIRY TALE CYBERPUNK MASHUP YOU COULD EVER WANT!!! Not even kidding, you absolutely HAVE to read this series.
    I did a LOT of reading in college–no surprise, because I majored in English so I took ALL OF THE LITERATURE/ENGLISH COURSES! And actually, after six months of studying ALL of American literature, I got kind of depressed about books and burnt out of reading… So after like 3 months of not even touching a book, you want to know what book got me going again? In the height of irony, it was Fahrenheit 451. I was particularly inspired by the quote: “Good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones [ravish] her and leave her for the flies.” I was like “YES THAT IS IT I WANT TO BE A GOOD WRITER!” And I’ve never looked back since. 🙂

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    1. I haven’t read All The Crooked Saints but I will look out for it, her stuff is so good! I’ll look out for Persuasion too!! Have you read Emma? That’s the other Austen I’ve read. I love Magnus Chase, it’s very funny and Vikings 😍
      Haha I will try, cyberpunk fairy tale does sound good. Haha so cool you did English! All the English students I know say the subject makes them want to read for pleasure less like you say 😂
      Ooh that does sound good, what’s Fahrenheit 451 about? Do you write? I wish I could write well!


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