Think you can’t read during exam season? We say you can!

Exam season is tough for everybody. Stress, frustration, boredom and no time to read!

But reading is good for you and we don’t think it should be entirely abandoned during revision – you need a break after all! So here are a few tips on how to keep reading during exams.

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels and comics are a godsend when you’re pressed for time. Each volume only takes roughly an hour to read, but it’s an hour of fun and laughs and relaxation. So much better than equations and learning quotes from ‘Great Expectations’! Here are a few we love:

Exam reading - graphic novels


Audiobooks are basically the best thing ever. You can read a book while you go on emergency snack runs, while you travel to your exams, while you’re being forced to wash up. Plus, if you’re struggling with a hefty classic for an English exam, audiobooks really help with a nice change of pace. But in times of stress, we like to go for funny.

exam reading - audiobooks


Not feeling audiobooks or graphic novels and you want to really read something? Novellas are your new BFF. Novellas are pretty much what they say on the tin – longer than a short story, shorter than a novel. And if you don’t want to read a standalone novella, you can always check in with an e-novella from one of your favourite series’!


How are you juggling revision and reading? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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