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Top books to read this summer!

By kroberts 02 Jun 2017

Now that you've got a break from uni and some spare time on your hands, you can grab a book that will keep you turning the pages while the sun warms your cheeks.

Whether you're staying home or adventuring abroad, you're going to want to check out our list of top books to get your hands on this summer!

  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 

    This novel explores grief, loss, life and purgatory as Abraham Lincoln faces the death of his 11-year-old son, Willie. Saunders blends history and fiction and the supernatural for a daring read. 
  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman 

    This coming of age story about a 19-year-old, Selin, starting her first year of Harvard highlights the uncertainties of youth and adulthood.
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

    Writer of The Girl on the Train, Hawkins, brings you a new psychological thriller about death and how the past can destroy the lives we have now. It's a gripping and maddening read of self-perception and voyeurism.
  • Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami 
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    This collection of short stories examines the lives of lonely single men trying to find their place in the world. Murakami writes with humour and magical realism for an intriguing read.
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

    This is a brutally honest memoir about Roxane's struggles with her body and hunger. You'll also want to check out, Difficult Women, about the painful, beautiful and passionate lives of women.
  • 4321 by Paul Auster

    Paul Auster explores the four paralleled lives of Archibald Isaac Ferguson. Auster keeps you turning the page of this coming-of-age tale of sexual longing with his ability to captivate the reader.
  • Homesick for Another World: Stories by Ottessa Moshfegh 

    This short story collection introduces flawed, unlikeable characters in unfortunate situations. It's a dark but humorous read touching on the grotesqueness of humans.
  • Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 

    Creepy, disturbing footage begins appearing in VHS cassettes at the local video store. When the store owner recognises the barn in the footage as a farmhouse nearby, things really start to get interesting!
  • The Answers by Catherine Lacey 

    This is an enticing read about a young woman living in NYC struggling to make ends meet when her body betrays her. In order to afford treatment, she turns to Craigslist for fast cash and finds herself hired as an eccentric actor's 'Emotional Girlfriend' in his 'Girlfriend Experiment.' 

Happy reading!


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kroberts is My name is Kevin I am a member of your Halls Student Experience Team. Please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions about the activities and experience we provide here at the University of Liverpool Halls.
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