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reading week

6 things to keep you busy during reading week

With reading week fast approaching, with no scheduled lectures or seminars, it’s important to split your time between studies, work and downtime.

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Reading week is a perfect opportunity to catch up on (or start binge-watching) a new television series. I would recommend Altered Carbon. Netflix’s new Cyberpunk series with its stunning visuals and fantastic world building. Based on the 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan. With only ten episodes, the temptation to binge the series in a matter of days (or hours) is firmly there.


As an English and Creative Writing student, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I like to read outside of university. Perhaps there’s a novel that’s been sitting on your shelf for a few years untouched (I have a few dozen of those). Then reading week is the perfect time to get started on what may become a new favourite. I’ve just finished Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. A heartbreaking novel exploring love, friendship and nostalgia. A must for anyone who loves light dystopias and speculative fiction.


A well-deserved shopping trip is a must. Instead of hitting the same high street stores, perhaps venture into the more underrated, smaller shopping areas of the city. Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade is a sweet little spot, literally, with Mr Simms Old Sweet Shoppe at the heart of the arcade, filled with older favourites and modern classics. And there’s a Greggs!

Or, perhaps take a trip through Digbeth to the Custard Factory. Why not have a game of Ghetto Golf? The factory’s latest opening. An 18 hole round at a cost of only £10, with the opportunity for some cocktails and a bite to eat. It’s the best spot to unwind and have some fun!


With the endless options of food outlets in Birmingham, booking a table with friends and family should be on your ‘to-do’ list. Who doesn’t enjoy Bills’ fish finger sandwich or Wetherspoon's burger and a beer over a good catch up?


Getting lost in a film for a couple of hours should bode well for those who feel guilty that they’re not spending enough time on their studies. With the recent release of The Shape of Water in UK cinemas, and Lady Bird dropping the Friday before reading week commences, there’s no excuse to not take a few hours out and visit your local cinema.


Unfortunately you’re not going to be able to escape your degree during this week ‘off’. Many students will no doubt have deadlines the following week (what else could reading week possibly be for?). So it’s important to catch up on any final reading you’ve left to this late stage and get writing those assignments! You’ll feel better. And if you’re still searching for that hit of motivation, then treating yourself with any of the above should get those motivation wheels turning.