Uni Panic Reading List!

University is starting back up soon for me in just over 3 weeks! Oh dear you’d think I’d have learnt my lesson as a fresher and would have picked up a book over this 3 month long Summer holiday wouldn’t I? Nope, instead I got into a horrific reading slump and only started picking up books and read around ten this month! Which is great except for the fact none of these I am going to be studying. However this post isn’t a post about my panic and self shaming and loathing of not picking up any books because I have a plan! I have been participating in ‘The Reading Quest’ and so have altered my whole TBR to include all the books I must read for this semester!

Anyway, today’s post I’m actually wanting to talk to you all about the exciting books I am having to read and tbh a lot of it won’t feel forced as this year I was able to select all my modules so the reading will hopefully be more enjoyable. Now first I’d like to say for the modules I selected I am incredibly excited as not only they are great but they are so diverse! I selected to do a Science Fiction module called ‘Imaginary Worlds’, an adaptations module which looks to the movies along with their perspective books which surprisingly is called ‘Adaptations! Now the third and final module which I am most excited about because honestly this module was part of the reason I choose the Uni which I did and that is….. *drumroll* ….. ‘Cultures of Childhood’! Yes a whole module which solely focuses on my favourite type of literature and that is children’s literature!

As I haven’t read any of these books (bar the children’s module which I read years in advanced haha) I can’t really tell you anything about my thoughts of the books but I would like to tell you all which books I am going to be studying. Then hopefully if there is any which you have read, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!

Imaginary Worlds (Space and Wibbly-Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff)

  • Oryx and Crake By Margret Atwood
  • Dawn by Octavia Butler
  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula La Guin
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wynham
  • Ex-Mechina (Film)


Adaptations (The one with books and films!)

  • High Rise by J. G Ballard
  • The Hours by M. Cummingham
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Mairer
  • Different Seasons by Stephan King
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwen


Cultures of Childhood (My fave with all the childrens books!)

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  • Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.


And there it is, all the books which I am required to read and I am honestly exciting to dive into them all and their movies of course. I;m hoping by incorporating the majority of them into my Reading Quest will help me become more prepared for my second year.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?



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9 thoughts on “Uni Panic Reading List!

    1. Childrens Literature make the best type of modules I think! I can’t wait to read the Hours and watch the film, I’ve seen the trailer and I’m really intrigued!

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    1. I’m currently half way through Northern Lights and I’m definitely enjoying it! I really hope that I do as well, I think if I can I’ll properly do a dissertation on children’s literature.


  1. Cool post! I studied Peter Pan for a children’s literature module last year and really enjoyed it! I’m mega jealous that you get to study Alice in Wonderland though…I was gutted that wasn’t on my module! 😭😭😂😂


    1. I’m really excited to get to study both, it’s actually my first time reading Peter Pan which I’m looking forward to studying 🙂


  2. Wow you’ve got a lot to get through! You’ll love Enduring Love, it’s so thought-provoking. I’ve written an alternative reading list for the female student, and would love for you to check it out! Katie x


    1. I read Northern Lights and I enjoyed it but I don’t know if I will continue reading the series for a while yet. I wish I was able to read it when I was younger cause I would’ve enjoyed it so much more.


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