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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

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