Books are indeed an important part of any person’s life, especially a student’s life it helps the student to grow and expand their knowledge. They carry a world which can transform your boring, mundane life into an interesting, beautiful one.
Reading has always been fashionable. And as a trend every college student follows it, reading not only helps you with academics but also helps you in your personal life too. But a sufficient amount of other reasons why books are worth reading for students are:
Books also have more practical benefits, ones that will be noticed only when we leave the walls of our high schools. The reading load you will be expected to handle in college will be substantially bigger than what you’re used to, so getting in the habit of actually enjoying your reading will give you a leg up on many. If you hope to become a college graduate, you’re going to have to learn to balance your work, especially when nobody really cares if you do it or not — you already paid. And, being a better reader will free up more time for parties, of which there will be many.
Lets look at the list of books that every college student must read in order to get a broder sense of life and people around them:
1. To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
There is a good chance that anyone who has been fascinated by literature as a school student has already read this book, but in case you haven’t, it can be a good option to start with. Stressing on topics like racism and racial inequality prevalent in the society, this book makes for a relevant read in current times when these issues have surfaced again in the world. Due to its immensely rich context and immediate success among people, the book was awarded with a Pulitzer prize and has become a classic modern of American literature.
2. This side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
As a college student, you will definitely relate to the story of a privileged Princeton student who becomes totally disenchanted after graduation. He finds out that the life behind the walls of his college was totally different and now that he steps outside them, he realizes the need to discover himself again. This was Fitzgerald’s debut novel and famously helped him in getting married to Zelda Sayre.
3. The Alchemist by Paulo
Originally written in Portuguese, this is the tale of a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. The novel is an allegory of a man fighting against odds to reach his fate and has been filmed and adapted into theatrical musicals. This story about miracles and destiny will give you faith in higher powers and influence of destiny in your life.
In the times of paid media and propaganda, this novel about dystopia holds a special place in the literature. The novel is set in Airstrip One, a province of the super state Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation. The super state and its residents are dictated to by a political regime euphemistically named English Socialism, shortened to ‘Ingsoc’ in Newspeak, the governments invented language. The super state is under the control of the privileged elite of the Inner Party, a party and government that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thought crime”, which is enforced by the “Thought Police”.
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
For someone looking for a story that is clever, funny, exciting, full of surprises, some tragedy then you need look for a different book for each one those genres. ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green is an ultimate package meant for the likes of you. The story is about ‘Mila’ a high school junior in boarding school in Alabama. While studying there ‘Miles’ fell head over heels in love with a pixie dream girl named ‘Alaska’ who is slightly maniac. John Green has a distinctive style of writing and this book is like a mirror into the lives of teenagers of today. From drinking, playing pranks, chain-smoking and sex advice, John paints the book with the reality of today. Looking for Alaska teaches one a lot about love, redemption, guilt and friendship all at once.
7. Autobiography of a yogi by ParamhansaYogananda
Autobiography of a Yogi introduces the reader to the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. The book begins with his childhood family life, to finding his guru, to becoming a monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation. The book continues in 1920 when Yogananda accepts an invitation to speak in a religious congress in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He then travels across America lecturing and establishing his teachings in Los Angeles, California. In 1935 he returns to India for a yearlong visit. When he returns to America, he continues to establish his teachings, including writing this book.
The book is an introduction to the methods of attaining God-realization and to the spiritual thought of the East, which had only been available to a few in 1946. The author claims that the writing of the book was prophesied long ago by the nineteenth-century master Lahiri Mahasaya.
8. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
One of the most well-known plays of William Shakespeare, Hamlet helps us find the answer to the eternal question we heard many times: “To be or not to be?”. This is a story that can teach us to accept the responsibility for all our decisions and deeds.
9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Raskolnikov kills an old pawn shop owner and struggles to justify it in this Russian classic. It can help students think about law and society, and is one of those books that every college student should read.
In the story, Raskolnikov believes that exceptional people can and must transcend societal law. He puts this to the test with the murder, and his psychological unraveling led to one of the most classic books in literature.
10. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
There’s a part in all of us that wants to be a boss, but to be a #girlboss is even more kick ass. So why not learn from the best? Sophia Amoruso, founder of the online clothing company Nasty Gal and the girl boss empire, tells about her humble beginnings as a college drop-out shoplifter who makes it to the top of the fashion industry and becomes a total boss-ass b—h in her acclaimed book “#Girlboss.” “’#Girlboss’ is a must-read for young women looking for inspiration and empowerment. For me, the main take-away was that we are all on our own personal journey, but the only way to progress is to work hard, and listen to your instincts,” said FSU 2015 alumna Jaclyn Daley. Amoruso’s honesty and colorfully explicit advice is hilariously entertaining. She even gives advice on how to land a job working for Nasty Gal. Um, yes please! Where do I apply?
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