Top 50+ Best Books For College Students of All Time 2022
Yes, reading is trendy. Again. And each college student is in fashion as a rule. However, a decent number of additional reasons why books are well worth reading for college students are available as well as the importance of reading books, which are more crucial than straightforward style after:
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Scathing but hilarious satire, the insightful and brilliant Kurt Vonnegut is an excellent source of inspiration. Slaughterhouse-Five is about Billy Pilgrim (an optometrist with mental problems) abducted by aliens and taken away to Tralfamadore, their planet. He learns to accept his fate while stuck in the Tralfamadorians’ bizarre ideas of time.
Vonnegut is a great character. He has a unique ability to combine humor with profound messages and complex topics. Christiana Lloyd Kirk, a senior at Florida State University, said that Slaughterhouse-Five is an excellent example of PTSD. However, it is also entertaining and palatable enough to be understood by everyone.
“I love Vonnegut in general since he has this uncanny ability to combine humor with a few profound messages and demanding topics. Slaughterhouse-Five specifically, as it is a place on the depiction of what PTSD is similar to, but it is written in terms which are amusing and palatable enough for anybody,” said Florida State University senior Christiana Lloyd-Kirk.
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◦ by Yuval Noah Harari
It’s filled with interesting facts and perceptive observations that made me consider many things I hadn’t before. And thanks to the author’s style of writing, the complex topics covered are easily digestible. It’s the kind of book I found myself looking forward to reading more each time I put it down.
BOTTOM LINE: I’m no history buff, but Sapiens is easily one of my top 10 favorite books ever. It’s stimulating, refreshing and most of all–it’s a book that will challenge you and your perceptions of the world.
Make Your Bed
◦ by Admiral William H. McRaven
In this book former Navy SEAL, Admiral McRaven shares practical advice that can be applied to anyone. He uses anecdotes and a conversational tone to show the importance of simple principles that have shaped his life. It’s a short, yet motivational, read full of important life lessons.
BOTTOM LINE: Make Your Bed shows you the power of small changes and how to create a meaningful life for yourself in the process. Any college student can benefit from the message this book delivers.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
◦ by Stephen King
In the book, Stephen King details his success and failures (the inside look at his process is fascinating), but it’s more than just a memoir. The prolific writer provides valuable tips in the form of straightforward do’s and don’ts coupled with witty humor. He gives you the essential tools and all you need to do is use them to practice.
BOTTOM LINE: On Writing has something to offer for everyone–from the aspiring best-selling author to the student who’s struggling to find the motivation to begin working on their latest assigned paper.
The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook
◦ by Pamela Ellgen
While the title is a bit misleading as not every recipe uses 5 ingredients or less, each one is quick and easy to prepare. Inside you’ll find plenty of healthy meals (which includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options), as well as tips regarding meal prep, grocery shopping, and more.
175+ Things to Do Before You Graduate College
◦ by Charlotte Lake
From finding the perfect friend group to succeeding academically to exploring your newfound freedom, there’s a lot that goes into making your college experience a success. Instead of getting trapped in the myth that you need to “do it all,” this book will help you figure out what’s most important to you…and how to make it happen.
In this book you’ll find ideas for everything you might want to do, and take advantage of, before you finish your undergraduate degree. Included is journaling space to create and update your own personal college bucket list.
BOTTOM LINE: There is no one-size-fits-all for what defines a successful college experience–it’s about pursuing and doing things that you think will make you happy. 175+ Things to Do Before You Graduate College is a great source of inspiration when you’re considering what “making the most” of your time at college means to you.
The Selfish Gene
◦ by Richard Dawkins