Essential Books for Being Away from Home (or books I’m taking to Uni with me)

In a few weeks I will be heading back to University for the third and last year of my English Language and Literature undergraduate degree (such a cliche but I can’t believe the time has passed so quickly, it’s crazy!). This, of course, means moving back out of our family home and over to my new house for this academic year. If I could I would lug my whole bookshelf with me but unfortunately that’s not feasible so I have to choose a select few to join me on my travels. The majority of these books have some sort of significance, so I thought I might discuss them a bit here!

Favourite books that are comforting to be around:

  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • Stealing Pheonix – Joss Stirling
  • Legend – Marie Lu
  • Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen
  • The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

In the past I have found being away from home at University a bit of a struggle. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely love studying at University and I have great friends there and everything, I just find it hard being away from my family and sometimes I struggle with living in a city when I am so used to living in the country, I’m basically a hobbit for anyone who has read Lord of the Rings! Something that makes being a way from home a lot easier though, is being surrounded by my favourite books. These are the books that I take that are not necessarily for reading, their work is done simply by sitting on my bookshelf and being there for me if I need them!

Books to read:

  • The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  • Dan y Wenallt – Dylan Thomas
  • The Bookshop Book – Jen Campbell

Most of the books under this heading are books that are or can be separated into sections which is why they’re really good for picking up and just reading a few pages of if I want/need to.

Dan y Wenallt is a translated Welsh version of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. It’s Dan y Wenalltbasically a radio play about a small, fictional town in Wales and I just love it. It’s hugely comforting both for it’s content (I usually pick it up and read just a small section, my favourites are the ending, the beginning, Captain Cat and Rosie’s exchanges, and The Sunset Poem) and also because at home I’m surrounded by Welsh but at Uni I’m not as much, so this is my little piece of Welsh that I take with me. Plus, it it’s an aesthetically beautiful book which is always nice!

Next is The Bookshop Book which basically discusses bookshops all around the world and is split into sections depending on country and bookshop so it’s nice and easy to pick up and read just a little bit of.

Last, is The Fault in Our Stars which is a great book to have with me because it is both one of my favourite novels and a really quick read so if I’m ever feeling down I can just pick it up and power through it. In first year, I read this book when I was struggling to write an essay and it really seemed to get my brain in gear (I was probably just procrastinating but it worked so…).

Poetry:

  • No Matter the Wreckage – Sarah Kay
  • The Complete Dylan Thomas Collection

Like with the books mentioned previously, poetry books are great for me to pick up if I just need to read something small and comforting or if I’m in a reading slump. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay is probably my favourite poetry book ever, her poems are so beautiful. My favourite is Jellyfish so I highly recommend you go and check it out!

This is what my bookshelf last year ended up looking like:

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I was really lucky in our old house to have three shelves to fill with my stuff! I’m not actually sure how many I have in our new house for this academic year so I might have to modify depending on that. I will just have to see!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my essential books for being away from home, and if you are either starting at uni or going back to uni this year, I hope you have a great time!

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