18 Jul Books You should Read Before or At University – By Students
It is difficult to find time to read anything other than your textbooks in college. However, this is also the perfect time to explore the realm of literature and develop reading as a hobby. If there is one thing that is found common all famous and successful people, it is their fondness towards reading and towards these objects made of bound paper holding the entire knowledge and wisdom of the world. Although that should be enough to encourage you to begin reading, some other benefits of reading are stated below:
- Increases vocabulary
- Expand the worldview
- Enhances cognitive skills
- Provides greater knowledge of your subjects
- Improves imagination and creative thinking
Most of the college students already have their own list of books that they would like to read or at least check out once in their life. This article includes some of the must read chosen by the college students themselves that will help you out as a student or a young adult trying to find your way out in life and make a mark as an individual.
- To kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
A majority of the students studying English will have already read this book or would have added it today reading list. Masterpiece exploring the theme of racial equality, this book has so much to teach not just about life but also about literature and styles of writing.
- The Grapes Of Wrath – John Steinbeck
A moving story of an Oklahoma farmer and his family, this book tell A Tale of the journey made by this family from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression. The inclusion of emotions of love, resilience, courage, and friendship make this book a must-read for the college students.
- This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Combining the themes of romance and wit, this book is recommended to the college students due to various reasons. This is a classic novel telling the story of a student from Princeton and his disillusions about life after he completes his graduation.
- The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Power of habit is a book that introduces the readers to the importance of adopting good habits and breaking the bad ones. As a college student, it is extremely necessary to understand the responsibility that comes with the added freedom of college. Whether it is eating healthy food, getting less dependent on electronic devices or sleeping and waking up on time, the learnings from this book can be applied for the development of any habit that you wish to adopt.
- Excellent Sheep – William Deresiewicz
It is extremely easy for the college students to get fixated on getting good grades. This book is a brilliant illustration of the later life of the ‘top students’ in college and the lack of their ability to think with their own mind.
- Peak – Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
College is also the time when the first wave of existential crisis hits most people. This book debunks the myth of talent and emphasizes on being disciplined and practicing a skill. This book will help in symmetrically refining your skills and will help you in enhancing them for any chosen discipline.
- Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
Building your network and connecting with people is extremely important to be successful in the professional world. Never eat alone is a timeless guide that will help you in learning how to build relationships in a fun way. Not just the people who work in the sales and marketing domain, but every individual who is working or running their own business needs to recognize and understand the importance of building relationships. This book will guide you towards building your network.
- Recession Proof Graduate – Charlie Hoehn
The Great Depression is gone but you need to understand that the economy is unpredictable and operates in cycles. This book covers all the essential skills to make yourself recession proof and inspires the students to take up entrepreneurship. It will help you in building relationships with the entrepreneurs and leveraging them to engage yourself in exciting projects and arming yourself with the skills necessary to be a successful professional.
- The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss
For more than a decade, this book has inspired so many individuals to pursue travelling and rethink their concept of work. This book has also inspired numerous entrepreneurs and is on the list of various successful business tycoons. As a college student, you can use this book to opt for the non traditional ways of working and also reduce your intermediation and inhibition related to entrepreneurship.
- The End of Jobs – Taylor Pearson
Written by law School dropout who went to Brazil and developed his digital marketing skills, this book speaks of his journey and explain how the idea of having a ‘safe job’ after graduating is not only unreliable but also dangerous. This is an eye opening book for all the college students who wish to join the dream companies and work for them having a safe and secure job.
You don’t have to read all of these books immediately, but it is highly recommended that you add these to your reading list and go through them at some point in your life. You can also read the summary or the overview of one book that you find interesting and return to this list when you are done with it.