The books I think every uni student should read

In less than a week I will be back living in London, fending for myself and preparing for the start of my last year at uni. Frankly, it seems like a lifetime ago that I did a weekly shop so, even though I am beyond excited to be reunited with my independence, I know that it will be a bit of a shock to the system. I think I might have actually forgotten how to write an essay. Or successfully make it to a 9am lecture on time.

So, with term quickly approaching I thought I would get back into the motivated mindset the only way I know how: Self-help books. These bad boys are some old favourites that always work their magic for me. Not only do they leave me all buzzy with inspiration, but they help to keep me as calm as possible as deadlines approach and remind me to get my organisation on.

Yay for not stress-crying by the end of week one!

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Get Your Sh*t Together

I'm sure you've all heard of Sarah Knight's tongue-in-cheek parody, "The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a F**k". And if you haven't heard of it, get your booty down to a bookstore and buy it immediately. However, whilst that book was created to help you de-clutter your commitments, it's "Get Your Sh*t Together" that should be on every uni student's TBR. It helps you to recognise the personality traits that are holding you back from your living your best life and then change them. By the end of it I'd strategized ways to save myself both money and time aka the two things most students are lacking.

You are a Badass 

Everyone goes through periods of self doubt at university. Mine usually sounds something like "oh my God, how have I fooled everyone into thinking I'm capable of doing this? I'm going to fail and never get a job and not be able to afford to buy a sausage dog."

When thoughts like that rear their heads I go back to one of my all-time favourite self-help guides: You are a Badass. It focuses on destroying self-sabotaging actions to leave behind a rock-solid confidence in your abilities and the fact that everything is going to turn out how you want it to. Jen Sincero is the cheerleader that you need in your life.


Now, I'm not going to sit here and pretend that this book turned me from someone whose main talent is stressing into a yogi who tells you to "find your zen". But I'm sure it got me part way there. "Calm" is full of a bunch of activities to help you chill out, whether deadlines are getting closer or you have a presentation coming up. It encourages you to get outdoors (as in, actually leave your halls!), find ways to get a better quality of sleep and, most importantly, create. 

Big Magic 

With piles of research papers around you and a dissertation to write, it can be surprisingly easy to forget why you started this whole 'degree' thing.

Well, allow me to remind you: It was (hopefully) because of passion. You're doing this degree because you love what you study, whether it feels like it as the essays start coming in or not. Elizabeth Gilbert's incredible book "Big Magic" is all about igniting and then following that passion. It's about following that passion fearlessly. And mainly, it's about trusting your journey.

Elizabeth does highlight in the book that you don't need a qualification to do what you love. However, if you're studying what you love then all of her lessons will help you to move on from those thoughts of throwing in the towel.


  1. You are a Badass totally exceeded my expectations! I was a bit skeptical, since I feel like a good self help book is hard to please all with sometimes, but this one was great!

  2. I also really, REALLY love Grit by Angela Duckworth. It is basically about how perseverance and grit will get you farther in life than "talent" or "smarts". Seriously changed my perspective on myself and my endeavors in life. Thank you for sharing these! I can't wait to read them! xX

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Kynia! I will definitely check Grit out xx