Books



Is reading the newest health fad we didn’t know we needed?

3rd May 2022

Aysha Sohail investigates how reading books can be beneficial to students’ health. Have you ever read a book that felt like a tonic for the soul? Something you could dip into and feel the stress fade away? There may be more science in it than you think – reading has been proven to bring you ...


Alternatives to male-authored classics

8th March 2022

Xandie Kuenning explores classics by women in resistance to the male-dominated literary canon. It is a clear and undeniable fact that classic literature is dominated by male authors. Sure, there are the Austens and the Brontës of the literary world, but generally speaking, most recognized writers are men. This International Women’s Day, let us look ...


From the page to the stage: capturing the essence of books in screen adaptations

15th February 2022

Divya explores what is gained and lost when translating between different mediums: literature and cinema/television. *Spoiler alert* Content warning: Suicide My standard response after watching several adaptations of great books has long been: “The book was better.” However, the 2020 series Normal People served to challenge that view by being nearly as good as the ...


A literary guide to Valentine’s Day

14th February 2022

Leah Hart talks us through the best love stories to accompany you this Valentine’s Day. With the return of February, we once again meet that blessed day of romance that follows the gloomy month of January. With midterms looming and a higher likelihood of being hit by Covid’s arrow than Cupid’s, what better time for ...


Books to look out for in 2022

9th February 2022

Kate McIntosh gives us the rundown on books we can look forward to in 2022. As 2022 begins, no-one can be sure what the year will bring – but one thing we do know is that there are lots of literary treats to look forward to. Here’s a quick rundown of our most promising picks. ...


Should you finish every book you start?

6th January 2022

Rebecca Richard discusses whether authors have a responsibility to grip you from the beginning. I’m the worst for having multiple books on the go at once. One day I’m in the mood for a crime fiction thriller, the gorier the better. Other days I jump at my own shadow whilst home alone and must opt ...


Why do we feel pressure to read the classics?

28th December 2021

Elena Adams questions whether we should read the classics just because we feel we should. Classic literature is intimidating. They’re full of big confusing words, can be a bit dull at times, and are (for the most part) full of dark and depressing imagery. Of course, that’s not always the case but classics aren’t classics ...


Are audiobooks a good alternative during the academic year?

18th December 2021

Health & Wellbeing Editor Rebecca Richard talks us through why she’ll be listening to her books this semester. I’ve fallen asleep to some variation of an audiobook for my whole life. Whether it was my parents reading me chapters of The Chronicles of Narnia when I was little, or Jim Dale’s narration of every Harry ...


Can reading together bring you closer?

18th December 2021

Books Editor Rachel Campbell describes her attempt to make reading a shared hobby in her relationship. ​​To say my boyfriend isn’t a reader would be an understatement. Having studied accounting at uni, he left books at Higher English and never looked back. As I begin my fourth year of studying English Literature, reading has become ...


Why you should use The StoryGraph (instead of Goodreads)

17th November 2021

Olivia Winchester tests The StoryGraph as an alternative method to keep track of your reading for the next academic year. With its 90 million users, Goodreads has long been the place for book lovers to catalogue their reading, find recommendations, and become a part of a literature community. Goodreads was originally started by Otis and ...