What's on our reading list

March 5th is World Book Day, so we asked some of the YSI’s most avid readers to give us their must read books. Happy World Book Day – get reading!


And why not tell us on social media what your favourite and must read books are too?


Jim Patrick Wyke: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse


Matthew Henderson: 1984 by George Orwell


Ewan Lewis: Prisoners of Geography - Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics


Scott Blair: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


Jeanette Millar: Holes by Sachar


Ian Gallagher: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


Lauren Seery-Loudon: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Callum Reid: The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells


Sarah Quinn: Good times, Bad times by John Hills


Michael Gibbons: Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes.


Grace Richardson: Poor things by Alasdair Gray

Described as the glasweigan frankenstein, this novel is my favourite from gray!!


Rory Steel: Granny made me an Anarchist - Stuart Christie


Sophie Duncan Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

At times challenging to read but it provides some perspective on humanitarianism and our global responsibility.


Declan Blench: Gender - A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker & Jules Scheele


Eve Cunnington: Abarat by Clive barker

It’s weird, like a young persons steven king almost? It’s a fantasy novel, but quite dark and had me hooked when I first read it it’s the only book I’ve read more than once.


Steven Campbell: Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman


Catriona MacDonald: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

A story of female friendship on the front lines of scientific discovery which follows Mary Anning as she disrupts the upper-class male palaeontology community by inconveniently discovering dinosaurs.


Aidan Phillips: Animal Farm by George Orwell


Eilidh McSherry: A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

Identity, adulthood, trauma, and friendship. Wonderful but bleak.


Frederic Bayer: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

A novel exploring the struggles of Cape Breton Gaels around identity, tradition and modernity in late 20th century Canada. The title is from a quote of the British Army's commander in Canada, James Wolfe, who said he preferred sending Highlanders into battle rather than Englishmen because "it is no great mischief if they fall


Robyn Graham: Trials - on death row in Pakistan by Isabel Buchanan


Joshua Harper: Surveillance Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff

Offers a manual for understanding our future.


Beth Chalmers: O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker

A gothic novel that explores the life of a dead girl through her own eyes.


Angus Nelson: The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson


Charlotte Armitage: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

A poetry book that explores abandonment, sexual violence, feminism, self-love, gender identity and post traumatic growth


Stuart Smith: Occupy by Noam Chomsky

Tells us about the power of left-wing grassroots movements


Emma Hendrie: Becoming - Michelle Obama

There is something in it that everyone can relate to and aspire to furthermore it discusses overcoming the barriers of race, class and gender.


Jack O'Neil: The sustainable growth commission


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