As we head into a new academic year, what better way to get prepared than by reading a campus novel? A campus novel or academic novel is a genre of fiction where the main action occurs on or around a college campus or in an academic setting. One of the earliest examples of this is The Groves of Academe by Mary McCarthy, which offers a satiric look at the faculty and administration at a small, liberal arts college. A subgenre is the campus murder mystery such as Donna Tartt’s fascinating novel, The Secret History. Exploring the wonderful world of college through fictional accounts written by talented novelists is a pleasure not to be missed, so grab one of the books listed on our WU Reads Reading Guide, and get ready to be entertained, intrigued, annoyed, frightened and much more!