Boy, am I excited about this! If you’re a regular reader of Student Life, then you may recognise my name from previous articles in the My Life section; my name is Rosie, and I’m very excited to announce that I’ve switched my content up a little bit, to bring you guys a new monthly feature from me, dedicated to books! For some of you, that may be an absolute snooze, but hopefully, whether you are a book fanatic like myself or not much of a reader, there will be something for everyone here!
In the near future, I’m hoping to bring you guys book reviews, book-to-film reviews, recommendations for an array of topics, from classics, to YA, to LGBT+, amongst other things.
You may be wondering “Why books?” Well, there are a few reasons that inspired this change of content.
Firstly, I love books. Ever since I was younger, literature has been my livelihood. I always had my head buried in a book as a kid, and have since come to own a substantial collection of books. I think that for many reasons, books are of fundamental importance in life, especially for younger generations, and that they have the potential to be the most healing, fulfilling, indulgent form of art in our lives. Books have the power to change our lives for the better, and they most definitely did for me, and so I really want to bring some of that passion here to Student Life and share that love with any of you who also values books the same way I do.
Secondly, books are making a big old comeback. Remember back in the 2000s when reading was uncool, and only for nerds? Well, today the opposite couldn’t be any more true. Book sales, especially amongst YA (young adult) books are skyrocketing, and the New York Times Best Sellers list has been dominated by YA and contemporary books for a few years now. More and more people are falling in love with reading, and that is a beautiful thing. Not only because people’s creativity is being appreciated, but because other people are coming into contact with the joys of reading! Which also means that instead of having my emotions destroyed by fictional characters and having no one to vent about it too, I now have an abundance of fellow readers to fangirl over these beautiful characters and stories with!
Thirdly (yep, there’s more!), a little change never hurt anybody. We always want to try and keep things in Student Life fresh, exciting and original, and so when I proposed doing a little switcharoo of the content, it was met with some great feedback. I loved writing for the My Life section, and bringing you guys along with me on my university adventures, but there’s only so many times I can tell you I went to a lecture, went out clubbing, ate, slept, then repeated the cycle before it becomes a big snooze. I’m really excited about bringing this change into action, for all the reasons stated above, and hope that you guys are going to enjoy it!
Finally, I want to encourage more people to read. It always saddened me throughout high school to see so few fellow pupils who loved reading in the same way I do, and to hear people say reading is “boring” and a “waste of time,” whilst they sit there scrolling through social media feeds for hours on end. Obviously, I am heavily biased when it comes to the pros of reading, however one thing I value in books is their therapeutic effect on the mind. Allowing yourself to take a step back from the real world and enter a beautiful fictional universe can be so beneficial in reducing stress and allowing us to escape our problems for a little while. Books truly are a magical thing, and I can’t wait to start properly sharing my love for them with you guys next month!