I’ve wanted to write this post for a couple of reasons. One reason is because I think it would be a fab way for you all to get an insight into what I study in my degree and a second is because I’m book obsessed so why not show off my collection? I do actually have another bookshelf at home (which I share with my sister) which is twice the size of the one I am about to show you because of course I have a lot of books!
Now, this post will also come with a little pre-warning, especially if you are going on to study an English degree at University like me. You will probably end up buying an awful lot of books! Yes, the library do have them but they may not have enough for the whole class or for you to take them home for assignments!
Let me introduce you to my bookshelf, complete with my Disney treasures and PG Tips Monkey collection, what more could you want?
We’ll start from the bottom and work our way upwards. This is where it all began, in my first year of my BA English degree. Don’t get too excited, the Harry Potter book was sadly NOT part of my degree… It is absolutely STUNNING so if you haven’t already had a peek and you’re a fan then you definitely need to!
In my first year I studied a range of modules from Literature in Historical Context, Forms and Performances of Creative Writing and Reading London to name a few. Reading London was definitely one of my favourite modules of this term. We had to read a whole range of books including ‘Great Expectations’ to ‘The Lonely Londoners’ and ‘The Sign of Four’.
Second from bottom we have, you guessed it, my second year BA English books ranging from Shakespeare’s work himself to… Twilight! To say this year has been diverse is an understatement!
This year we had an even wider range of modules, including a work experience option. My favourite classes however were definitely the Creative Writing Workshop, Web Creation and Digital Storytelling and 21st Century English and Digital Writing modules. Within them we got to write stories, design a blog and also transform ‘Pride and Prejudice’ into a digital form.
One book which stands out as a firm favourite has to be ‘Twitterature’. It captures numerous stories in a series of tweets and is a perfect easy read and amusing too!
My 21st Century English module was one of my favourites and as a result I did get banned from Tinder because of this module… no? That’s a funny story!
This is the third shelf and using your powers of deduction you probably think this is for third year books. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. This shelf is a little different because on the left hand half sits the rest of my second year books. I did say there were a lot!
Whereas, on the right features some DVD’s (although Bridget Jones was part of my degree this year too) and my Disney treasure that is my ‘Mrs Potts Teapot’. I daren’t take it out of the packaging in case it gets broken. My star baker apron sits there too but you best believe every time I bake I whip it out and pretend I’m in the GBBO tent.
The fourth and final shelf is non-university orientated as obviously I like to read for fun as well as analyzing every inch of a book for an assignment.
This shelf has a very small selection of books I either love reading or want to read next. I have just finished ‘The Girl Before’ and I can honestly say it is now one of my favourites (I’m recommending it to everyone). Featuring also are both of my ‘Disney Chip Mugs’, a Christmas Elf I won at a fair, some more DVD’s, notes from home, a Pandora bag and a little bobbing monkey timer. He’s cute, isn’t he?
In pride of place and on top of my bookshelf sits my PG Tips monkey collection. (I really want the giant one so PG Tips if you’re reading this, help a gal out! My Mum alone drinks enough tea to keep your company afloat!)
My grumpy minion money box and an Austrian Cow accompany two homemade snowman courtesy of my sister, an ‘I’, two little RAF fluffy blob things and a wooden pig my parents got me in Austria. The photo in the background is one of my favourites of me and my Grandad, I wrote about him in a recent post here.
I’d definitely recommend them, ‘I Am Legend’ I actually finished in half a day I was so gripped!
I hope this post has been both eye-opening and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. I pride myself on my bookshelf and have already started ordering books for third year too. I’ve already found out that for just three modules in one term I need a total of twenty-two books. I’m not quite sure where they will go. I’m sure I will make some room!
Thankfully, I won’t have to buy any more normal reading books for a while now though because a lovely lady on FB gifted me and my family a grand total of 78 book! Yes, you did read that right!
Happy reading! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any books featured and what you’re reading now. I’m always looking for recommendations!
(All photographs featured in this blog post are my own).
Make sure you check out the other posts in the series and in relation to university:
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part One)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Two)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Three)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Four)
Fresher’s Week, Friend or Foe?
University, 9 Years Ago; An Interview
University, 13 Years Ago; An Interview
University Alternative, MOOC; An Interview
University Saving Tips and Tricks, Part One
University Saving Tips and Tricks, Part Two
My University Experience So Far