Student Hut's Book Club: The Ultimate Reading List

Celia McCarthyon 21 September 2021
Student Hut's Book Club: The Ultimate Reading List

Wondering which book to pick up next? Look no further than our ultimate reading list of novels, handpicked by our student community.

Are you looking for your next read? Well, look no further. Welcome to the Student Hut Book Club, where we showcase books handpicked by you

We asked students on our panel to rank new, popular and best-selling books, and you whittled it down to the top 10. Each book was assigned a star rating, with five stars meaning you adored it. We also wanted to hear whether or not you’d recommend it to your friends.

Here are the best of the best reads for our inaugural book club:

10. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.

What did students rate it? 4/5

What is it about? The first book in the bestselling series by Richard Osman, about a group of pensioners who find themselves investigating a murder.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 79%

9. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

What did students rate it? 4.1/5

What is it about? A feel-good fiction from the author of How to Stop Time. This book is about a woman who finds herself in the Midnight Library. In it, each book represents a portal into another version of what her life could have been.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 81%

8. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart 

What did students rate it? 4.2/5

What is it about? Set in Glasgow, this explores themes of poverty, family and love. It’s an unforgettable story of a young boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 72%

7. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab

What did students rate it? 4.2/5

What is it about? This is a fantasy novel that follows a young woman who, to escape her marriage in eighteenth-century France, makes a bargain with a mysterious god.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 76%

6. Troy by Stephen Fry

What did students rate it? 4.2/5

What is it about? Stephen Fry presents a fictional retelling of this narrative from Ancient Greece, exploring passion, heroism, love, despair and revenge.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 78%

5. Atomic Habits by James Clear

What did students rate it? 4.2/5

What is it about? This nonfiction read reveals how small daily habits can make a difference and uncovers simple life hacks, exploring psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 79%

4. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston

What did students rate it? 4.3/5

What is it about? A feel-good LGBTQ+ romance, this book centres on the relationship between America’s First Son and a British prince.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 79%

3. Third place: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas 🥉

What did students rate it? 4.3/5

What is it about? This is a page-turning fantasy read: the highly anticipated fifth book of the mesmerising A Court of Thorns and Roses saga.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 85%

2. Second place: A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough 🥈

What did students rate it? 4.3/5

What is it about? An autobiography from filmmaker and national treasure David Attenborough, he speaks about his own life and shares wisdom on the importance of tackling the climate crisis.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 86%

1. First place: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy🥇

What did students rate it? 4.6/5

What is it about? This heartwarming illustrated book tells the tale of a developing friendship between the four protagonists of the title.

What percentage of students would recommend this book to a friend? 86%

If you’d like to take part in sharing your views and opinions (about books and more!), join the Student Hut Panel here.

Celia McCarthyon 21 September 2021