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Twelve Books for College Students

Reading reaches a whole new level when you enter college: papers, reports, textbooks. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with all the readings, there’s still nothing like a good book to pass the time. We have a few titles to help you get through the semester, whether you’re looking to feel a little smarter, laugh or just feel inspired, we’ve got you covered.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise

book cover of The side of Paradise by F.Scott Fitzerald

The novel is a classic tale of a recent Princeton grad coming to terms with how different the real world is from his privileged upbringing as he falls in love. This witty romance is Fitzgerald’s debut novel and a favorite among many. Not only will you relate, you’ll have some great quotes to share in your next English class. Anyone?

Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents

book cover of Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents
This is one book every college student should read to gain firsthand insight into the mind of Freud and society as a whole. Freud’s ideas had a huge hand in shaping our current culture and will enlighten many of the views and philosophies you’re learning about right now.

Isabel Allende’s In the Midst of Winter

book cover of Isabel Allende’s In the Midst of Winter
This novel, rated one of the best reads of 2017, chronicles several Brooklyn-based immigrants whose chance meeting in a minor traffic accident lead to a deeply, moving and reflective tale of love, life and humanity. It’s a timeless tale that takes you from Brooklyn to Brazil, 2017 to 1970 and all the places your imagination will go after you’re finished.

Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

book cover of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities
If for no other reason, A Tale of Two Cities of one of the literary masterpieces every adult should read, and with the novel taking place before and after the French Revolution, you’ll get a bit of history lessons in while you’re reading. Sprawling, passionate and poetic, this novel is a must-read.

James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On the Mountain

book cover of James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On the Mountain
This American classic is lyrically sound, direct, powerful and compassionate. It chronicles a single day in the life of a fourteen-year-old boy coming of age in 1935 Harlem as the stepson of a minister. Baldwin’s first major work, this novel will touch you and challenge you page by page. Your professors will be impressed too.

Josh Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning

book cover of Josh Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning
This is the book that will help you learn almost anything. This pro-self-educating non fiction book will keep you entertained and enlightened. Chessmaster Josh Waitzken will explain how to make mistakes work for you and ways to optimize your performance in any life or professional setting, key tips for this crucial part of your life.

Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

book cover of Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
The talented and super funny comedian has many quirky, comedic stories during her rise to fame and she shares them all with good-natured self-deprecating humor that puts today’s awkward social moments in great context. Her observations are sure to give you a good laugh.

Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

book cover of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking
A book about the year after the author’s husband died? Sound depressing, doesn’t it? Not a chance! One of America’s greatest authors takes readers through a whirlwind of family medical emergencies, love and loss with an uncanny ability to share strength, enduring faith and perspective.

Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B

book cover of Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B
The subtitle to this book is Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, three challenges every college student faces at some point in their journey. In this touching business book named one of the Best Books of 2017, Sheryl uses a massive loss to share her growth in learning how to overcome hardships, how to build compassion and help other people in times of crisis. Life lessons abound in this raw memoir.

William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep

book cover of William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep
If you’re a student with good grades who feel you’re not “jumping through hoops,” this is a must-read. It shows how many top students often don’t think for themselves and instead fit the mold of the educational structures and expectations set by family, teachers and peers. This Yale professor will challenge your thoughts on education in the best way.

B.J. Novak’s One More Thing

book cover of B.J. Novak’s One More Thing
If you like randomness this is for you. A quick read with great sections for a commute, or those boring moments in the bathroom, One More Thing takes you from a kid winning six-figures in a cereal box to a woman hoping to seduce Tony Robbins. Whether humor, strange, or inquisitive there’s something here for everyone.

George Orwell’s 1984

book cover of George Orwell’s 1984
If you haven’t already been made to read this book several times (or even if you Cliff-Noted through it in high school), now is the time. This classic and prophetic novel will have you feeling quite haunted by the similarities between today’s political and social climate and the dystopian depiction of the government in Orwell’s masterpiece.

Have you read all of these books? Wow! That’s impressive.. and a bit terrifying.

Here’s the list with even more books to read. Enjoy!