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
“Riveting and essential” New York Times
Title: Asking for It
Author: Louise O’Neill
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
“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
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
“A vastly entertaining feat of storytelling” New York Times
Title: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
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
“Read this book and fall back in love with life” Edmund White
Title: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
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
“A beautiful and affecting novel” Financial Times Books of the Year
Title: The Garden of Evening Mists
Author: Tan Twan Eng
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
“Steinbeck’s writings form a photograph album of America” Guardian
Title: The Grapes of Wrath
Author: John Steinbeck
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
“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.