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The top 5 books you have to read this year

A Picture of Lydia

Reading for pleasure can sometimes take a back-seat when you’re at University with reading lists, exams and societies. Basically your degree takes up the majority of the time.

So it is important for any student readers out there to use the time they have reading wisely, so here are the top five books that you NEED to make sure are on your list for 2016.

1. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

I started to read the Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer on Christmas Day after having received it as a Christmas present and I read it within two days, despite all the Christmassy festivities. Even though I read this book right at the end of the year, it became one of my favourite books of last year. I knew very little about Amanda Palmer before I began this novel. She is a musician from the punk-rock/cabaret band The Dresden Dolls and is also well known through her marriage to the famous author Neil Gaiman. The book chronicles her life and how she used the online platform Kickstarter to fund an album and tour. In addition to being a really interesting memoir, the book advocates creative collaboration and learning to ask for help in all walks of life – an inspiring must read for 2016.

book tbt2. The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

This duology by Barbara Kingsolver is one of the most beautiful series of books I have ever read. It follows the story of Taylor, an independent hearted young woman, who through a weird twist of fate finds herself the adopted mother of a baby called Turtle. Their story set in the USA with a backdrop of colourful yet realistic characters. I warn you, these books made me cry, which is a rare feat. Have tissues at the ready!

books ll3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline is an addictive read which follows the story of Georgie who has moved back home after her husband and their children visit his parents for Christmas, but the solution comes to through a fantastical time travelling telephone which means that Georgie is able to speak to her husband from the past. A perfect rom-com read. I would definitely recommend if you need a break from revision!

4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfussbook now

An epic fantasy novel which follows the adventures of a young man Kvothe and follows the story of how he becomes a legend in his world. This novel offers all you could want from a typical fantasy read with dragons, magic and a cast of eccentric characters. However, it becomes much more then that with the beautiful writing and the way Rothfuss delves into ideas about myths, propaganda and reality. Be warned, this book is around the 662 page mark, so perhaps save it for the University holidays.

5. Any or all of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Over the Christmas holidays, I went to the Harry Potter studio tour and so I have all of the Harry Potter feels. It has been a long time since I have read any of the books and after the tour I think 2016 should be the year. For those of you who haven’t read the books, I know a few of you exist. Read them. Believe the hype. They are amazing!

 

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