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Can I read?


|Story by: Conner Keys

Lessons, homework, revisions, exams… a demanding list on its own…

To add reading to this checklist may seem like a lot; especially if you’re out the reading flow. Alongside the commonly known benefits of reading such as, expanding your vocabulary, reducing stress.

Reading can:

improve your empathy and communication skills, increase your creativity, enhance your knowledge of the world,and even add years onto your life!

With all these benefits, it would probably be a good idea to give reading another go.

Here are some books that can ease you back into the reading pool:

Before the Coffee gets cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

A fantasy fiction that poses the question, ‘what would you change if you could go back in time?’

Four visitors of a… unique… café aim to: confront the man who left them, to receive a letter from their husband, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got to know. This short book gets you to think about every aspect of your life and appreciate it for what it is.

Where the Crawdads sing – Delia Owens

This moving, mystery, coming of age story allows us to think about the effect both societal and geographical isolation has on an individual, and the way they are viewed. It follows the ageing of the ‘Marsh Girl’ and the mysteries that surround her life.

The dangers of smoking in bed – Mariana Enriquez 

The author of this collection of short stories has been heavily praised for her unorthodox, socio-political stories. Set in modern Argentina, the short stories cover a range of genres including horror, psychological fiction, magical realism, and more.

Carrie – Stephen King

This is the well-known story of a misunderstood high school girl with unheard of telekinetic powers. It follows her horrifying experiences in life, and her violent rampage that leaves her town irreversibly changed. By the end of this book, you will be left questioning… well… everything.

When dad killed mom – Julius Lester

‘COLLEGE SHRINK KILLS WIFE’. After the murder of their Mum, and their dad in custody, Jenna and Jeremy need to learn to create a life and family for themselves… preferable a family that doesn’t kill each other. Ideas of domestic violence and its destructive effects on a family are explored within this story, alongside the power of love.

Read some more

Here you can find the full selection of stories from our student newspaper.

POV: Student