Easter bookshelf

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Struggling over the Easter break? Not sure how to relax and have a break from your Cambridge studies? Here's an idea: Read for fun! Here are 10 non-academic books your fellow students are excited about! Take a leaf, or take many.

Octavia Akoulitchev: The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch. “Each sentence of her prose is as intricately sculpted as verse, but somehow never pretentious or stagnant - her plots completely grab you!”

Savannah Adeniyan: Carol by Patricia Highsmith. “The film got to me despite a strong dislike of the romance genre, so I'm super interested in seeing what the book does differently. Plus, I'm always up for good lesbian fiction”

Dee Dee Lee: Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris. “I need something that's not children's literature because that's what I'm studying. I just love a good gripping thriller that'll keep me on the edge of my seat!”

Lili Bidwell: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. “I've been meaning to read this for ages, I love a bit of romance, and the symbolism and literary significance is really cool”

Eloïse Poulton: The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector. “It’s my ultimate recommendation - metamorphosis and feminist vibes!”

Juliette Bretan: It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. “It seems very appropriate for the next four years”

Amiya Nagpal: Blindness by José Saramago. “I’ve got maybe a third of the way through this book over the last year, and I’m desperate to finish it! It’s a beautiful exploration of a really tragically decaying society”

YenXing Ooi: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic. “It’s a mafia underworld adventure, college comedy, slow burn romance, and action in the form of the bloodthirsty game of Exy (the most brutal fictional racquet sport ever invented). Enjoy a narrative spun with secret identities, running from dark histories, facing up to demons, and building families of choice rather than blood”

Will Tilbrook: Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley. “It is supposed to be short and sweet - easy to get through, but still supposed to pack a punch with its thinly veiled satire”

Pippa Smith: Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford. “I’m excited because I started a really cool jellyfish at the start of term and tragically never had time to finish”

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