My Summer Reading List

Since starting university, I haven't really had the opportunity to read as much as I used to. I haven't had much time to myself since I was either always around people or trying to meet deadlines. Now that I'm home for the summer I have a lot more time to myself and want to use some of that time to read some of the books that have been on my reading list for a while now. 

Since I haven't yet read any of them I've only included a description of each book.


1. THE DELIRIUM TRILOGY by Lauren Oliver

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure. Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistake. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets Enigmatic Alex, a boy from the "Wilds" who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

2. AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adchie

In this epic tale of love and enlightenment, 'Americana' delves into the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze, a young couple in love. We're taken on their journey West, away from a military controlled Nigeria as they are forced to live on separate continents. Ifemelu is faced with racism for the first time and begins to understand the hardships of being black in America. Obinze is a quiet spirit that wishes to join Ifemelu on her journey to America but is forced to live a secret life in London because of the post 9/11 state pf America. After 15 years apart, they are reunited in a now democratic Nigeria with a new love and passion for each other and their country.


Maddy is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads.

N O N - F I C T I O N


Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognise the brotherhood of all mankind.

2. THE FREEDOM WRITERS DIARY: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students - whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims of abuse - Gruwell was the first person to treat them with dignity, to believe in their potential and help them see it themselves. Soon, their loyalty towards their teacher and burning enthusiasm to help end violence and intolerance became a free of its own. Inspired by the reading of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and meeting Zlata Filipovic, the students began a joint diary of their inner-city upbringings. Told through anonymous entries to protect their identities and allow for complete candour, 'The Freedom Writers Diary' is filled.