I was really tempted to put more things on this list that I think you should read during college, like Beowulf or Oedipus Rex or Frankenstein or Hamlet. But all of those were required reading for me while I was in college. For this list, I instead wanted to list books that were not required reading for me, but were good to read at that point in my life. And if you don’t have time between classes, they are great choices for reading between semesters.
Also I know a lot of these are repeats from other lists but…what can I say? They’re some of my favorites.
Today I’m linking up for a Top Ten Tuesday!
This week’s theme: book recommendations for __________.My theme: 10 book recommendations for college students
The Bell Jar // Sylvia Plath
I don’t know how to intro this. It’s not necessarily about college, but it’s about that same point in life.
The Handmaid’s Tale // Margaret Atwood
This has become wildly popular lately due to the Hulu series, so I doubt I have to say much here.
1984 // George Orwell
I kind of wish this has been required reading for me because there are so many layers to discuss, but I’m glad I read it on my own.
The Great Gatsby // F. Scott Fitzgerald
I went through this book too quickly and didn’t savor it. It’s really well written, and is short enough to read during the semester without a big time committment.
The Things They Carried // Tim O’Brien
This is not the kind of book I usually read. It’s a mix of fiction and nonfiction and features short stories set during the Vietnam War.
And man, it’s powerful.
Life of Pi // Yann Martel
I don’t think this one needs an intro?
I went into this book blind, and it completely floored me.
Flowers for Algernon // Daniel Keyes
I was just a little too young when I read this and really need to read it again. It makes you think about so many things.
Never Let Me Go // Kazuo Ishiguro
I can’t go more than a few TTT without mentioning this book. If you didn’t know already, you shoudl read this book. It’s my most favorite ever, and the most subtle, horrifying stories you’ve ever read.
A Thousand Mornings // Mary Oliver
I think that college is the perfect time to get into poetry. I went through a huge Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath phase my first few years of college. I had to read a fair amount of classic poetry in my classes, but not a lot of modern poetry. Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings was published in 2012. It’s pretty easy to get through and is meaningful without being overwhelming.
Fangirl // Rainbow Rowell
I couldn’t throw a lot of classics/adult/philosophical books at you without any kind of YA. Fangirl is one of the few books I’ve read that actually features a main character as a college student! It’s not quite as deep as the other books on this list, but paints a fairly true representation of how the college environment was for me.
currently listening to: Green Light by Lorde
Which book would you recommend for college students?