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Four great new books to distract yourself from revision with

Revision is over – time to read! I know that when you’ve spent the day reading about quadratic equations, long-dead poets and an era of history where women don’t get a particularly great deal, it might seem like putting down one book only to pick up another is the last thing you want to do… but hear me out here, ok?

Reading reminds your brain that it can do things for fun as well as for work. It stops you from getting trapped in a ‘Just one more scroll…’ cycle on social media that keeps you awake for hours, making you blearier than a beaker full of limewater that’s had carbon dioxide bubbled through it (just helping you with the chemistry revision there, you’re welcome).

To get extra benefit from your bookishness, download an audiobook and go or a walk while listening to it to get some lovely endorphins whizzing round your body. And remember, reading is something you can do without your parents hovering over you going “Shouldn’t you be revising?” every five minutes.

Need some inspiration? Here are our picks:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This is the kind of book that will smash your heart into a thousand tiny pieces and you’ll absolutely love it for doing it. After Griffin’s first love, Theo, dies, Griffin feels like his life is falling apart. It’s painful and honest and heartbreaking, and if nothing else will remind you that even though geography revision is horrible, things could always be worse.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

This is the final book in Aveyard’s Red Queen series – so if you haven’t read any of them yet, you’ve got three amazing books to delve into! It’s set in a world where people are separated by whether they have red blood (the commoners) or silver blood, which means they have amazing powers. Teenager Mare was born with red blood, but her ability to control lightning causes her fellow red-bloods to start an uprising.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This isn’t out until Thursday, but you can use it as a post-revision incentive. When 16-year-old Starr Carter witnesses her best friend Khalil shot by a police officer, she sees a huge difference in the reactions of the poor neighbourhood she lives in and the posh suburban school she goes to. Half of her world is calling Khalil a thug and the other half is protesting in his name, but the only person who really knows what happened that night is Starr – and as both the police and local drug lords are threatening her life, she has no idea what to say to make sure that she and her family are kept safe.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Another one that’s not out yet (get your paws on it on 11 April) is the second novel by Becky Albertalli. This isn’t quite as gut-wrenching as the previous books on this list though, focusing instead on 17-year-old Molly, who watches her twin sister go through girlfriends like hot dinners whilst she gazes on from the sidelines. Will jealous Molly find love with the new cute hipster boy in her life, or be distracted by her Tolkien-superfan co-worker? Sweet and fun, it’s the perfect antidote to revision. But only once you’ve finished those flashcards on the carbon cycle.


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