5 books you should read before 2018 ends, and reading lists to prepare you for university

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Inspired by International Literacy Day on Saturday, September 8 but not sure what to read? The goal of this day, first started on October 26, 1966, the United Nations  Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), was to remind the international community of the importance of literacy, and the need to help build more literate societies around the world.

This year, the theme was "Literacy and skills development". We may take the ability to read for granted, but for many people, illiteracy is a reality, and it keeps millions of people from a better quality of life. 

To celebrate, why not pick up something new - whether it's one of this year's new releases, or our favourite reads we turn to time and again.

Some of our favourite reads so far of 2018 

A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens

Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Stranger by Keren David

Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Tin by Padraig Kenny

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And a bonus: how many of the bookish questions on this quiz can you get right?