I am about to start my fourth year of university, and I wanted to bring a good selection of different genres of books with me. I am very much a mood reader, so I’m hoping that I stay in the mood to read at least some of these. I wanted to bring some thriller/mysteries for October; I love a creepy read near Halloween. I definitely wanted to bring some historical fiction and magical realism books for the winter; and sci-fi and fantasy are always good for any time of the year. If you are interested in hearing what these books are about, keep reading!
The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
This is an adult epic fantasy about a world where people are able to use magic, which is referred to as allomancy. The people in this world are able to use metals to help them perform magic. So many people love this book, and it sound so interesting. I’m definitely excited to jump on the bandwagon. The synopsis says that this book is a heist story, which makes me really, really, excited to read it.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
This is an adult science fiction/dystopian novel. The main character Jimmy (also known as Snowman) is possibly the last human in a post-apocalyptic world where people have been wiped out by the plague. I’m so intrigued by this.
Under the Skin by Michel Faber
This is an adult science fiction/thriller/horror novel about a woman name Isserly. She picks up male hitchhikers as she drives through the Scottish highlands and weird things happen. That’s pretty much all I needed to know to want to read this.
The Visitors by Simon Sylvester
This is a fantasy/mystery/thriller set in Scotland, on the island of Bancree. Mysterious people move on to the island and men start to go missing. The main character, Flo, suggests that selkies might be the reason the men have started to go missing. I can’t wait to read this. I’ve recently just started it.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This book is an adult literary fiction novel about a couple in Alaska. They have been unable to have children, and when the snow starts to fall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow is gone, but there is a young girl. The ‘snow child’ literally comes to life, but there is something mysterious and sinister about her. Awesome.
The Cranes Dance by Meg Howry
I am so excited for this one because I love the movie Black Swan, and this gives me Black Swan vibes. This is an adult contemporary novel about two sisters who are ballerinas dancing in the same company. Kate’s younger sister Gwen has surpassed her in her career, and has recently suffered a breakdown that Kate may have had a hand in. YES.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
This book is an adult literary/magical realism novel about a 15 year old girl named Holly Sykes. It’s written in sections, with different characters in each section, all somehow connected to Holly. There is weird psychic stuff happening in Holly’s life that she talks about and aptly titles ‘Holly Sykes and the weird shit.’ I’m about 150 pages into this and loving it!
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
This is an adult science fiction/thriller novel. The first line of the description is: ‘the girl who wouldn’t die hunts the killer who shouldn’t exist.’ That’s literally all I needed to buy this.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I’m sure you’ve all heard of this one. It’s an adult crime thriller set in Sweden, about a journalist who has been researching an unsolved murder. Basically I just need Lisbeth Salander in my life.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
This is an adult science fiction novel about a crew on a mission in space. It has been compared to Firefly, and I’ve heard lots of great things about it. I’m excited for this one!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I really don’t even know what Jane Eyre is all about, but it’s a classic, and I need more of those in my life. I’m excited for a gothic historical read!
Those are all the books I brought with me to university! Comment and let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them, or if you’d like to read them. Also, if you’d like to purchase any of these book, feel free to do so through my Book Depository affiliate link here.