13 books to read before you finish uni

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Written by Emmi Bowles

Most people have a bucket list of things they want to do and places they want to see before a certain time or before they die. As an avid reader and book blogger I have a book bucket list. Although War and Peace might take me at least a year to get through, there are some books I think everybody should read before they reach adulthood and are left with no spare time to pick up a novel.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: A much loved classic which tells the story of segregation and racism in the deep south of America.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Another classic which is a must-read. Forbidden love at its finest, between Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: The classic love story we have all heard between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett.

1984 by George Orwell: The book which started off the dystopian genre and inspired the Big Brother concept.

Animal Farm by George Orwell: Talking animals, what more could you want? A novel which addresses the communist philosophy of Stalin.

The Harry Potter Series by J. K Rowling: The magical story which has touched the lives of millions around the world, and sticks with people throughout their lives.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Another classic following the intense love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: A favourite among many book lovers. From the perspective of death we follow a young Jewish girl during World War Two who steals books.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: The touching coming of age story of Charlie. It will make you cry and see the truth behind the struggles of growing up.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: The story of the wealthy and fabulous Gatsby about how money cannot buy you everything. A great twentieth-century classic.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: A story about how beauty is on the inside as well as on the outside.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding: A book read by most people during school. Following the tale of a group of school boys who get stranded on an island.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Another great novel that gives a voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed.

What books would you add to this list? Have your say in the comments section below.