Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Made into a successful, catch-phrase coining movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Fight Club is a fairly short, punchy read that is sure to engross even the biggest bibliophobe. Not only is the book quotable and haunting, it is also a pivotal part of pop culture and features a seemingly simple, yet expertly crafted narrative.
Fiela se Kind (Fiela’s Child) by Dalene Matthee
If this book was not on your prescribed reading list in high school (or if it was and you decided to give it a miss), Fiela se Kind is an important addition to your university reading list as it offers an insightful look into race relations in South Africa in the 19th century. The book deals tastefully yet expressively with loss, confusion and the main character’s yearning to know who he really is.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
This coming-of-age novel is set in a dystopian England and follows the school years of Kathy and her friends. What begins as a boarding school story with a dystopian twist soon takes a turn for the dark and dramatic as the true nature of the boarding school children is slowly revealed. As Kathy ages, the reader learns with her that growing up, no matter what your circumstances, isn’t easy to do – a universal message that can be important to remember during the tougher moments of your first year.
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