As a college student, it is likely that you already have a massive reading list. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to give up reading for pleasure. In fact, college is the ideal time to start exploring literature and expanding the type of books that you enjoy. With that in mind, here is a list of top 10 books that every college student should read. So, here are 7 life changing books a student should read before graduating.
1. This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
One of the books that every single college student should read before they graduate is This Side of Paradise. The classic novel is witty and romantic as it tells the story of a Princeton student who becomes disillusioned with life after graduation. He finds out that life is completely different behind the walls of his college, and now he has to look for his self again. It sounds so familiar to many college students today, doesn’t it?
2. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – Dan Ariely
This book is brilliant. And though it is written by a man about men’s world for men, a woman can even read it simply because this book is about us knowing what is good for us, having free will, acting upon it, rationalizing about our life, but in the end these are all the things that get us into trouble. So, what kinds of choices we should take into account that would shape not only our decisions but our life? Interested? Read the book.
3. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
Have you ever wondered what lies behind when you are making quick decisions? And, most importantly, wouldn’t we want to be that smart quick thinker? This book is about us thinking without thinking, about us making choices that aren’t as simple as they seem to be in the blink of an eye.
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One of the most famous novels in the world today is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude. It is a myth-novel, an epic novel, a novel-paroemia about the evolution of humanity where loneliness is the only thing that dominates the world. It is an important book for every student to make time to read as it contains a valuable lesson about the importance and the value of friends and family.
5. To Kill A Mockingbird
This is a book about a young girl’s growing up, which passes through adventures, fun, and relationships with peers. She has many things to learn about, including life’s unfairness to kids, weak people, or people with different skin color. As a result, we can see that kindness, sympathy and mutual support do not depend on your color of skin, your social status, or public opinion. It all depends on a man’s soul.
6. So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport
Countless people will probably tell you to “follow your passion” – but passion alone isn’t going to land you your dream job. Plus, most of us don’t even know what our “passion” even is! That’s why this book is such a breath of fresh air; Cal Newport counters this “Passion Hypothesis” with what he calls the Craftsman Mindset, which focuses on getting really good at something. Not only will this help you build the career capital you’ll need to get hired, but it’ll also often lead to true enjoyment in your work.
7. A Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
A novel that was called “a negative utopia” by its author. This is a story about our future world, where happiness plays an important role but individuality is not appreciated. Is it possible to stay happy, being like others? What is more important to young people: to accept things as they are, or try to resist the system?