Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine was once again fairly quiet, but I did have my first riding lesson at my new stables in London which was really nice, it’s taken a while to find somewhere and the last time I rode before last week was back in June, so it was nice to be back on a horse again.
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is a Back To School Freebie, so I’m doing a follow-up topic to the Best Books I Read In My First Two Years At Uni at few years ago, and today will be sharing the Best Books I Read In My Last Two Year of Uni. As with the previous topic, I’m only counting books I read during the academic year, so this will cover books I read from September 2017-May 2018 (3rd year) and September 2018-May 2019 (4th year). So here we go, the best books I read at Uni in my last two years:
- Chainbreaker-Tara Sim
I love the Timekeeper trilogy so much, and will be banging the drum about how incredibly underrated and brilliant it is, probably for the rest of my life. It amazes me that if I wasn’t a book blogger, I probably would never have read this series, as it was never released in the UK, I only had the chance to read it through Netgalley and Edelweiss. I powered through this one towards the end of the autumn semester in 2017 and was slightly miffed that I’d done my Best Books of 2017 just a couple of days before I finished it as this was without a doubt my favourite book of 2017.
2. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven
This book was my company on my commute to and from Dundee when I was doing my work experience at DC Thomson during February reading week 2018. I zoomed through it and had finished it by the end of that week, it was such a joy reading Izzy’s story that I was always looking forward to the train journey at the beginning and end of each day so that I could join her again.
3. The Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo
This was the perfect book for exam season as I was able to dip in and out of it between revising and it was nice and short. I’m not usually a fan of short story collections, but Leigh Bardugo is obviously a master, and I loved her take on the Grishaverse’s version of fairytales. The illustrations in this book were also just gorgeous and really added to the stories!
4. Vicious-VE Schwab
It’s me, of course there would be a Schwab book in here somewhere! Honestly, Vengeful definitely would have made the list too if I’d read it after it came out, but I didn’t get to it till the summer after I graduated Uni. Vicious was such a fun read, Schwab really excels at writing villains and this book and Vengeful shows the height of her powers in that area, nearly everyone in this series is heinous, but I LOVE THEM ALL. I read this book coming off of two quite chunky ones, and it was just what I needed as a refresh at the start of a new academic year.
5. Firestarter-Tara Sim
When I read the final book in the Timekeeper trilogy, I was coming off a run of a couple of fairly mediocre books, I hadn’t read a book I’d really enjoyed since Vicious and I hadn’t had any five star reads at all in 2018, so I was desperate to find something I really loved! Thankfully, Firestarter was just what I needed, it was a heart-wrenching, gut punch of a final book in a trilogy and honestly one of my favourite series finales of all time.
6. A Spark of Light-Jodi Picoult
This is one of my favourites of Jodi Picoult’s more recent novels, I’ve had a bit of a mixed bag with her books since Small Great Things, I really enjoyed that one and this one but I wasn’t keen on The Book of Two Ways and I didn’t read Wish You Were Here because of the subject matter. This one I really enjoyed though, I felt like the reverse timeline worked much better than the confusing timeline in The Book of Two Ways and it was a really emotional but nuanced look at reproductive choice. Abortion is always going to be a timely topic, but I actually think this book is probably even more relevant now than it was in 2018, given what happened with Roe V Wade this year.
7. Enchantee-Gita Trelease
This is kind of a cheat one as I think I read most of it during the Christmas break from Uni, but I definitely read at least a little when I returned for the Spring semester, so I’m still counting it. It was one of my favourite books of 2019, I loved Camille and her dedication to her younger sister Sophie, and Trelease created such a wonderful atmosphere, it felt like you really were in 1789 France. I have to admit though, I’ve still not read the sequel, I did start it, but I’ve not really been in the mood for e-books, so I’ve yet to finish and I can’t find it on audiobook, which is quite annoying!
8. To Kill A Kingdom-Alexandra Christo
I loved this one so much, it’s one of my absolute favourite enemies to lovers romances and Lira was just the kind of unapolagetically brutal woman that I absolutely adore and the story kept me engaged from beginning to end, so much so that when it was over, it felt too short because I’d loved it so much I didn’t want it to end. That’s the perfect kind of book for me!
9. Becoming-Michelle Obama
I’d actually not read any non-fiction (that wasn’t school or Uni related) for years before I read this book, and this was the book that got me back into reading a bit more non-fiction, especially memoirs. I was worried I’d find it a little dry, but Michelle writes in such a candid and engaging way, that the almost 500 pages flew by! I’ve got Barack Obama’s most recent memoir too, but I’ve yet to read that one as it is A BEAST. Between To Kill A Kingdom and this, March 2019 really was one of my best reading months!
10. King of Fools-Amanda Foody
The second book in a trilogy is almost always the worst book, the bridge between the beginning and the end, the sticky middle, is always so hard to get right. Amanda Foody absolutely nailed it though, it’s a behemoth of a book, almost 600 pages and yet it never felt like it lagged, I never felt bored because there was always something happening. The female friendships in this book are something else, and I love how great Foody is at creating nuanced female characters, especially her female villain. Lengthy fantasy books usually take me ages to read, but I flew through this one in about a week and a half because I was so gripped and then cursed myself because of the cliffhanger ending and the fact I then had to wait over a year to find out what happened in Queen of Volts. I had this one as an e-ARC and left it as a treat to myself for finishing my Journalism project at the end of fourth year, and oh what a treat it was!
So there we go, those are the rest of the amazing books I read whilst at Uni (and that’s not even counting the books I read in my summer breaks, as I read some really great ones in the summers of both 2017 & 18 that definitely would have made the list otherwise!). Have you read any of these books? Do you have any favourite books you read whilst at Uni? Let me know in the comments!
I will have another TTT for you all next week, the topic is meant to be Books I Loved So Much I Had To Get A Copy For My Personal Library, but to be honest, I have very few of these, so instead I’m going to take one of the suggestions Jana put for this week, and do my Top Ten Favourite Banned Books as that seems like a fun idea to do.