We have a list of text recommended by both Cambridge and Oxford University Tutors as well as a few of our own:
Keeler J. and Wothers P. Why chemical reactions happen, Oxford, 2003.
Keeler J. and Wothers P. Chemical structure and reactivity: an integrated approach, Oxford,
Atkins P.W. The Elements of Physical Chemistry, any edition, OUP.
Atkins P.W. Physical Chemistry, OUP, (any edition).
Clayden J., Greeves N., Warren S. and Wothers P. Organic Chemistry, OUP, 2001.
Solomons T.W.G. Organic Chemistry, Wiley, 10th Edn, 2010.
Carey F.A. Organic Chemistry, McGraw Hill, 7th Edn, 2007.
Sykes P. Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry, Longman, 6th Edn, 1986
Warren S. Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group, Wiley 1974.
Wulfsberg, G. Inorganic Chemistry, University Science Books.
Mingos, E.M.P. Essentials of Inorganic Chemistry, OUP, 1995.
For reference: Greenwood N.N. and Earnshaw A. Chemistry of the Elements, Pergamon, 1984.
Henderson E. Main Group Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry 2000
Williams D.H. and Fleming I. Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry, McGraw Hill, 6th
Edn, 2007. (earlier editions are perfectly acceptable)
Cox B.G. Modern Liquid Phase Kinetics, (Oxford Chemistry Primers 21), OUP, 1994.
Pilling M.J. and Seakins P.W. Reaction Kinetics, (Oxford Science Publications), OUP, 1995.
Chemistry & Physics:
Feynman R. Six EasyPieces