Books To Bring to University

Already, there’s a whole new school year started. When you’re out of the education system, you can forget how fast the months speed past, the excitement of buying new stationary, and the happiness of finally seeing your friends every day again.

University is a little different, especially if you’re going for the first time. It’s a whole new world to navigate. It may be the first time you’re away from home. A huge dilemma for me when I first moved to Dublin for university was, what the hell was I going to pack? Once I got the basics like food, clothes, bed linen and cookware sorted, I needed to move on to my pride and joy – books. There are some books that you should definitely bring to university, whether or not you’re an avid reader.

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Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Be careful who you let in . . .

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap–from their city flat to a townhouse in a leafy, upscale London suburb–they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.

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November Book Haul

Hands up who remembers when I last did a book haul? So much for it being a monthly thing, right? It’s been so long that I know there are so many books unaccounted for, but they’ll just have to wait another while yet. In September I was on a quite long book ban, and it extended into October a bit. So, it makes sense to mark my return to book hauling with a November pick, as that was when I did most of the damage.

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Review: The Break by Marian Keyes

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of the review.)

Blurb:

Amy’s husband Hugh isn’t really leaving her.

At least, that’s what he promises. He is just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. For six-months Hugh will lose himself in south-east Asia, and there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

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Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Challenge Criteria: A book you can finish in a day.

Blurb:

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed.

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