7 Recommended Reads


Each year the Centre for Teaching and Learning ask the UL staff to nominate books for the ‘7 Recommended Reads’ of the First Seven Weeks initiative. We always get a massive amount of nominations and this year was bigger than ever. The following seven books have been selected and the HUB will have limited numbers of free copies to give away.

But before we start, some people question whether or not students read for pleasure anymore. So we asked the students ourselves, using the most rigorous of research tools… a twitter poll.

There you go, fairly conclusive  evidence in our book. #Science


1.     Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

F7W 7 Selected Books Asking For It

“Riveting and essential” New York Times

Title: Asking for It

Author: Louise O’Neill

Year: 2015

Genre: Popular Fiction

Blurb: Emma O’Donovan is living an ordinary, happy life until the unthinkable happens to her at a party. Now she must face her whole town, knowing they have all seen the pictures and have their own opinions on what really happened that night.


2.     Bad Science by Ben Goldcare

F7W 7 Selected Books Bad Science

“A fine lesson in how to skewer the enemies of reason and the peddlers of cant and half-truths” The Economist

Title: Bad Science

Author: Ben Goldacre

Year: 2008

Genre: Non-Fiction

Blurb: Dr Ben Goldacre, a columnist in the Guardian, gathers together his research on the pseudoscience peddled by the media, from nutrition to homeopathy, showing his readers how to recognise “bad science” for themselves.


3.     All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

F7W 7 Selected Books All The Light We Cannot See

“A vastly entertaining feat of storytelling” New York Times

Title: All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

Year: 2014

Genre: Historical Drama

Blurb: French girl Marie-Laure is blind and navigates the world by touch, with the help of a miniature of her neighbourhood that her father built for her. Werner is a German orphan who discovers a talent for fixing radios, catching the attention of the Nazi Youth. Their paths collide in Saint-Malo as they both try to face the                                                                                  devastation of the War.

4.     The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly byDominique Bauby
F7W 7 Selected Books The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

“Read this book and fall back in love with life” Edmund White

Title: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby

Year: 1997

Genre: Memoir

Blurb: In 1995, Bauby, editor-in-chief for Elle magazine, suffered a stroke that left him paralysed and speechless. He wrote The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, his autobiography, entirely through blinking his left eye. This memoir tells the story of triumph through the hardest of times.

5.     The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

F7W 7 Selected Books The Garden Of Evening Mists

“A beautiful and affecting novel” Financial Times Books of the Year

Title: The Garden of Evening Mists

Author: Tan Twan Eng

Year: 2012

Genre: Literary Fiction

Blurb: Set in highlands of Malaya, Eng’s novel tells the story of Yun Ling, whose sister was killed during the Japanese Occupation of her country. Her journey to memorialise her sister leads her to The Garden of Evening Mists, where she becomes the apprentice to a former gardener of the Emperor of Japan.


6.     The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
F7W 7 Selected Books The Grapes Of Wrath

“Steinbeck’s writings form a photograph album of America” Guardian

Title: The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck

Year: 1939

Genre: Realist

Blurb: Steinbeck’s enduring tale tells the story of a family of tenant farmers during the Great Depression. Driven from their home in Oklahoma, they travel west to California, seeking a brighter future in the promised lands.

7.     The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

F7W 7 Selected Books The Three-Body Problem“The best kind of science fiction” Kim Stanley Robinson

Title: The Three-Body Problem

Author: Liu Cixin

Year: 2014 (English Translation)

Genre: Science Fiction

Blurb: In 1967, Ye Wenjie saw her father beaten to death during China’s Cultural Revolution, an event that would shape the future. Four years later, nanotech engineer Wang Miao is tasked with infiltrating a secret group of scientists after a series of suicides. The mission leads to a virtual world ruled by the interaction of its three suns and The Three Body Problem, where all the answers lie.