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The Best Books To Read In College

October 25, 2017
The Best Books To Read In College

“What are the best books to read in College?” We looked at 363 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 55 books, all appearing on 2 or more, “Best College” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The books include images, descriptions, and links. The remaining 300+ books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 55 Books To Read In College



55 .) 1984 by George Orwell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

“Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.”

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54 .) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom.

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53 .) A River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

How did the replication bomb we call ”life” begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the New York Times described his style as ”the sort of science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius”), Richard Dawkins confronts this ancient mystery.

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52 .) Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

Written in the decade before Freud’s death, Civilization and Its Discontents may be his most famous and most brilliant work. It has been praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, and reinterpreted. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer several questions fundamental to human society and its organization: What influences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilization’s trajectory? Freud’s theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are central to his work.

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51 .) Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

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  • Goodreads
  • Real Simple

Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith College, Celia, Bree, Sally, and April couldn’t have less in common. Celia, a lapsed Catholic, arrives with a bottle of vodka in her suitcase; beautiful Bree pines for the fiancé she left behind in Savannah; Sally, preppy and obsessively neat, is reeling from the loss of her mother; and April, a radical, redheaded feminist wearing a “Riot: Don’t Diet” T-shirt, wants a room transfer immediately. Written with radiant style and a wicked sense of humor, Commencement follows these unlikely friends through college and the years beyond, brilliantly capturing the complicated landscape facing young women today.

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50 .) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker’s money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless vermin. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by comparing himself with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.

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49 .) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Lists It Appears On:

  • College Candy
  • College Magazine

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

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48 .) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

“Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?”

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47 .) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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  • Huffington Post
  • The Daily Beast

Great Expectations has a colourful cast that has entered popular culture: the capricious Miss Havisham, the cold and beautiful Estella, Joe the kind and generous blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook, Mr. Jaggers, Wemmick with his dual personality, and the eloquent and wise friend, Herbert Pocket. Throughout the narrative, typical Dickensian themes emerge: wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil.

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46 .) Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

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  • Online College Courses
  • Take Your Success

Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion –as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war –and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California’s Gold Medal.

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45 .) I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Campus Explorer
  • Goodreads

“Tom Wolfe, the master social novelist of our time, the spot-on chronicler of all things contemporary and cultural, presents a sensational new novel about life, love, and learning–or the lack of it–amid today’s American colleges.

Our story unfolds at fictional Dupont University: those Olympian halls of scholarship housing the cream of America’s youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition . . . Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

As Charlotte encounters the paragons of Dupont’s privileged elite–her roommate, Beverly, a Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont’s godlike basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Geller, one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university’s “”independent”” newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavor on the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus–she is seduced by the heady glamour of acceptance, betraying both her values and upbringing before she grasps the power of being different–and the exotic allure of her own innocence.

With his trademark satirical wit and famously sharp eye for telling detail, Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons draws on extensive observations at campuses across the country to immortalize the early-21st-century college-going experience.”

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44 .) I’ll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates

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  • Goodreads
  • Campus Explorer

“””Anellia”” is a young student who, though gifted with a penetrating intelligence, is drastically inclined to obsession. Funny, mordant, and compulsive, she falls passionately in love with a brilliant yet elusive black philosophy student. But she is tested most severely by a figure out of her past she’d long believed dead.

Astonishingly intimate and unsparing, and pitiless in exposing the follies of the time, I’ll Take You There is a dramatic revelation of the risks—and curious rewards—of the obsessive personality as well as a testament to the stubborn strength of a certain type of contemporary female intellectual.”

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43 .) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Lists It Appears On:

  • Online College Courses
  • The Daily Beast

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood”, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

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42 .) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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  • Online College Courses
  • Publishers Weekly

A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman’s quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved? This updated Penguin Classics edition features a new introduction by Brontë scholar and award-winning novelist Stevie Davies, as well as comprehensive notes, a chronology, further reading, and an appendix.

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41 .) Joe College by Tom Perrotta

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  • Campus Explorer
  • Goodreads

“For many college students, Spring Break means fun and sun in Florida. For Danny, a Yale junior, it means two weeks behind the wheel of the Roach Coach, his father’s lunch truck, which plies the parking lots of office parks in central New Jersey.

But Danny can use the time behind the coffee urn to try and make sense of a love life that’s gotten a little complicated. There’s loyal and patient hometown honey Cindy and her recently dropped bombshell to contend with. And there’s also lissome Polly back in New Haven–with her shifting moods, perfect thrift store dresses and inconvenient liaison with a dashing professor.

If girl problems aren’t enough, there’s the constant menace of the Lunch Monsters, a group of thugs who think Danny has planted the Roach Coach in their territory.”

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40 .) Lolita by Vladamir Nobokov

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

Awe and exhiliration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in Lolita, Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love–love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

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39 .) Looking for Alaska by John Green

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  • College Candy
  • College Magazine

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .

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38 .) Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

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  • Barnes & Noble
  • Huffington Post

Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954. This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.” Kingsley Amis’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy.

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37 .) Moo by Jane Smiley

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  • Campus Explorer
  • Goodreads

In this darkly satirical send-up of academia and the Midwest, we are introduced to Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the study of agriculture. Amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, Moo’s campus churns with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbors a secret fantasy to kill the dean; Mrs. Walker, the provost’s right hand and campus information queen, knows where all the bodies are buried; Timothy Monahan, associate professor of English, advocates eavesdropping for his creative writing assignments; and Bob Carlson, a sophomore, feeds and maintains his only friend: a hog named Earl Butz. Wonderfully written and masterfully plotted, Moo gives us a wickedly funny slice of life.

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36 .) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

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  • Goodreads
  • Lifehack

“This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time. It is sure to be a literary event.

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.”

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35 .) Paradise Lost by John Milton

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

In Paradise Lost Milton produced poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time, populated by a memorable gallery of grotesques. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked, innocent Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man. Written when Milton was in his fifties – blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration and in danger of execution – Paradise Lost’s apparent ambivalence towards authority has led to intense debate about whether it manages to ‘justify the ways of God to men’, or exposes the cruelty of Christianity.

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34 .) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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  • College Magazine
  • Online College Courses

Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

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33 .) Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

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  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

In the ancient Scottish ballad “Tam Lin,” headstrong Janet defies Tam Lin to walk in her own land of Carterhaugh . . . and then must battle the Queen of Faery for possession of her lover’s body and soul. In this version of “Tam Lin,” masterfully crafted by Pamela Dean, Janet is a college student, “Carterhaugh” is Carter Hall at the university where her father teaches, and Tam Lin is a boy named Thomas Lane. Set against the backdrop of the early 1970s, imbued with wit, poetry, romance, and magic, Tam Lin has become a cult classic—and once you begin reading, you’ll know why.

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32 .) The Art of War by Sun Tzu

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  • Online College Courses
  • Take Your Success

Sun Tzu (also rendered as Sun Zi) was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy. Aside from his legacy as the author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and the Culture of Asia as a legendary historical figure.

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31 .) The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

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  • Online College Courses
  • Take Your Success

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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30 .) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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  • College Candy
  • The Trinity Tripod

“Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.”

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29 .) The Divine Comedy by Dante

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

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28 .) The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

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  • Online College Courses
  • The Hustle

You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. You’ve probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers.

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27 .) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

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26 .) The Odyssey by Homer

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  • Online College Courses
  • The Daily Beast

“If the Iliad is the world’s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of an everyman’s journey through life. Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance. In the myths and legends retold here,

Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer’s original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox’s superb introduction and textual commentary provide insightful background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles’s translation. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, to captivate a new generation of Homer’s students. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.”

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25 .) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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  • College Candy
  • The Trinity Tripod

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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24 .) The Republic by Plato

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  • Online College Courses
  • The Hustle

“The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

Several characters in the dialogue present a variety of tempting answers to those questions. Cephalus, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, and Glaucon all offer definitions of justice. Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus explore five different forms of republic and evaluate the merits of each from the standpoint of goodness.”

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23 .) The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

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  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

“Set at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England at the height of the Reagan 80s, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future–or even the present–who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self-consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives.

Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor who split for Europe months ago and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letter to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul, Lauren’s ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed To Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance.”

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22 .) The Stranger by Albert Camus

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”

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21 .) The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

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  • Online College Courses
  • Refinery 29

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places; brilliant and playful reflections; and a variety of styles to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.

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20 .) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses

Stowe’s characters are powerfully and humanly realized in Uncle Tom, a majestic and heroic slave whose faith and dignity are never corrupted; Eliza and her husband, George, who elude slave catchers and eventually flee a country that condones slavery; Simon Legree, a brutal plantation owner; Little Eva, who suffers emotionally and physically from the suffering of slaves; and fun-loving Topsy, Eva’s slave playmate.

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19 .) Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

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  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

A modern classic, now in a welcome new edition, Wonder Boys firmly established Michael Chabon as a force to be reckoned with in American fiction. At once a deft parody of the American fame factory and a piercing portrait of young and old desire, this novel introduces two unforgettable characters: Grady Tripp, a former publishing prodigy now lost in a fog of pot and passion and stalled in the midst of his endless second book, and Grady’s student, James Leer, a budding writer obsessed with Hollywood self-destruction and struggling with his own searching heart.

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18 .) Faust by Johann von Goethe

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses
  • Take Your Success

Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend. He is a scholar who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, so he makes a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The Faust legend has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works that have reinterpreted it through the ages. Faust and the adjective Faustian imply a situation in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success for a delimited term.

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17 .) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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  • allwomenstalk
  • eLearning Industry
  • Lifehack

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

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16 .) The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama

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  • Lifehack
  • Online College Courses
  • Take Your Success

“Nearly every time you see him, he’s laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He’s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can’t help feeling happier.

If you ask him if he’s happy, even though he’s suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What’s more, he’ll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward happiness. How to get there has always been the question. He’s tried to answer it before, but he’s never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.

The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology.”

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15 .) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

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  • College Magazine
  • Goodreads
  • Refinery 29

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

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14 .) The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How To Make The Most Of Them Now by Meg Jay

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  • Linkedin
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Take Your Success

“Our “”thirty-is-the-new-twenty”” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.

Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely. “

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13 .) The Iliad by Homer

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  • Online College Courses
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Take Your Success

“Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.

Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.””

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12 .) The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

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It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes—the charismatic and intense Leonard Bankhead, and her old friend the mystically inclined Mitchell Grammaticus. As all three of them face life in the real world they will have to reevaluate everything they have learned.

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11 .) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

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Nothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow. Mikhail Bulgakov’s fantastical, funny, and devastating satire of Soviet life combines two distinct yet interwoven parts, one set in contemporary Moscow, the other in ancient Jerusalem, each brimming with historical, imaginary, frightful, and wonderful characters. Written during the darkest days of Stalin’s reign, and finally published in 1966 and 1967, The Master and Margarita became a literary phenomenon, signaling artistic and spiritual freedom for Russians everywhere.

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10 .) The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, is a 16th-century political treatise. The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning politics and ethics. The Prince has the general theme of accepting that the aims of princes—such as glory and survival—can justify the use of immoral means to achieve those ends.

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9 .) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions.

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8 .) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

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7 .) A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley’s profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order–all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls. “A genius [who] who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine” (The New Yorker), Huxley was a man of incomparable talents: equally an artist, a spiritual seeker, and one of history’s keenest observers of human nature and civilization. Brave New World, his masterpiece, has enthralled and terrified millions of readers, and retains its urgent relevance to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying work of literature. Written in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s, Brave New World likewise speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.

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6 .) A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

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  • allwomenstalk
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“Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.

Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.”

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5 .) Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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  • The Trinity Tripod

“Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “”revenge tragedy,”” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

Among them: What is the Ghost–Hamlet’s father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder?”

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4 .) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as “magical realism.”

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3 .) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

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2 .) The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

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1 .) This Side Of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This Side of Paradise is the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published in 1920, and taking its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature. The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking.

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The 300+ Additional Best Books For College Students



 

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56 #GIRLBOSS SOPHIA AMORUSO
College Magazine
57
10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less)
College Info Geek
58 13 Reasons Why Odyssey
59
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
Grown and Flown
60
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
College Info Geek
61 52 Cups of Coffee: Inspiring and insightful stories for navigating life’s uncertainties Megan Gebhart Real Simple
62 A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
Online College Courses
63 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole The Hustle
64 A Density of Souls Christopher Rice Goodreads
65 A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen
Online College Courses
66 A Lover’s Discourse Roland Barthes
Huffington Post
67 A Mind for Numbers
College Info Geek
68 A People’s History of the United States Howard Zinn The Hustle
69 A Separate Peace John Knowles Goodreads
70 A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
Take Your Success
71 A Student of Living Things Susan Richards Shreve Goodreads
72 A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki NPR
73 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Online College Courses
74 AcaPolitics: A Novel About College A Cappella Stephen Harrison Goodreads
75 Admission Jean Hanff Korelitz Goodreads
76 Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Kelly Williams Brown Real Simple
77 Adventures of Ideas Alfred North Whitehead
The Daily Beast
78
After College: Navigating Transitions, Relationships and Faith
Grown and Flown
79 Against Interpretation Susan Sontag
Huffington Post
80 All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
Online College Courses
81 American Fraternity Man Nathan Holic Goodreads
82 American Wife Curtis Sittenfeld Goodreads
83 An Experiment in Love Hilary Mantel Goodreads
84 And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
The Trinity Tripod
85 Angel Alex Norris Goodreads
86 Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) Stephanie Perkins Goodreads
87 Art and Illusion Ernest H. Gombrich
Online College Courses
88 Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
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89 Bartleby, the Scrivener Herman Melville
Online College Courses
90 Beasts Joyce Carol Oates Goodreads
91 Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) Jamie McGuire Goodreads
92 Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me Richard Fariña Goodreads
93 Being and Nothingness Jean-Paul Sartre
Online College Courses
94 Believers James Forrest Goodreads
95 Beloved Toni Morrison
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96 Beowulf Anonymous
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97 Beyond the Standards
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98 Biography History and Social Theory
Online College Courses
99 Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell.
eLearning Industry
100
Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
Grown and Flown
101 Bossypants Tina Fey Suny
102 Brain Rules
College Info Geek
103 Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder Evelyn Waugh Goodreads
104 Candide Voltaire
Online College Courses
105 Cannery Row John Steinbeck
Online College Courses
106 Catch 22 Joseph Heller
Online College Courses
107 Charlotte’s Web E.B. White.
eLearning Industry
108 Collected Works 1988-1993 Chris Ernest Hall Goodreads
109 Color Me Stress-Free: 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind Lacy Mucklow Real Simple
110 Confessions Saint Augustine
Online College Courses
111 Confessions of a Public Speaker
College Info Geek
112
Confessions of a Recruiting Director: The Insider’s Guide to Landing Your First Job
College Info Geek
113 Consider the Lobster David Foster Wallace
Huffington Post
114 Creating Monsters Christopher Rankin Goodreads
115 Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant
Online College Courses
116 Cum Laude Cecily von Ziegesar Goodreads
117 Daddy Long Legs and Dear Enemy Jean Webster Goodreads
118 Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1) Jean Webster Goodreads
119 Dandelion Wine Ray Bradbury
Online College Courses
120 Dead Poets Society N.H. Kleinbaum Goodreads
121 Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol
Online College Courses
122 Debt-Free U
College Info Geek
123 Deep Work
College Info Geek
124 Denied Tenure: Clifton’s First Day Frank Linn Goodreads
125 Diaries of a College Girl Ava Kensington Goodreads
126 Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Online College Courses
127 Dream School (Girl, #2) Blake Nelson Goodreads
128 Dreamland Odyssey
129 Drifting in the Push Daniel Garrison Goodreads
130 Economy and Society Max Weber
The Daily Beast
131 Eleanor and Park Rainbow Rowell
College Candy
132 Engle Goodreads
133
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
College Info Geek
134 Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer
The Trinity Tripod
135 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer Refinery 29
136 Family Happiness Leo Tolstoy
The Daily Beast
137 Fates and Furies Lauren Groff Refinery 29
138 Fiction Based on History
Online College Courses
139 Fifty Shades of Grey Odyssey
140 Fight for Your Long Day Alex Kudera Goodreads
141 Find Your Purpose Using Science Gleb Tsipursky Goodreads
142 Five College Dialogues Ian Thomas Malone Goodreads
143 Fool on the Hill Matt Ruff Goodreads
144 Forget Me Not (Flowering, #1.1) Sarah Daltry Goodreads
145 Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Online College Courses
146 Franny and Zooey J.D. Salinger Goodreads
147 Free Food for Millionaires Min Jin Lee
Publishers Weekly
148 Freedom Jonathan Franzen Lifehack
149 Freshman Forty (Freshman Forty, #1) Christine Duval Goodreads
150
Freshman Year of Life: Essays That Tell the Truth About Work, Home, and Love After College
Grown and Flown
151 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel Goodreads
152 Furiously Happy Jenny Lawson
College Candy
153
Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck
Grown and Flown
154 Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World Lindsey Pollak Real Simple
155 Gifted Nikita Lalwani Goodreads
156 Give and Take Adam Grant Linkedin
157 Go to college without going broke: 33 ways to save your time, money and sanity Grigory Lukin Goodreads
158 Goat Brothers Larry Colton Goodreads
159 Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day Leanne Brown Real Simple
160 Good to Great Jim Collins Linkedin
161 Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Online College Courses
162 Hallucinating Foucault Patricia Duncker Goodreads
163 Handbook for an Unpredictable Life Rosie Perez NPR
164 Hard Wired: A Crash Course in Small College Football Jebb A. Rebal Goodreads
165 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Online College Courses
166 Hold Me (Cyclone, #2) Courtney Milan Goodreads
167
How to Become a Straight-A Student
College Info Geek
168 How to Breathe Underwater Julie Orringer
The Trinity Tripod
169 How To College Brian Robben
Take Your Success
170 How to Cook Everything Mark Bittman
Take Your Success
171
How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom
Grown and Flown
172 How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians Quintus Tullius Cicero and Philip Freeman NPR
173 How to Win at College
College Info Geek
174 How to Win Friends & Influence People Dale Carnegie
Take Your Success
175 I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai NPR
176 I Served the King of England Bohumil Hrabal
Online College Courses
177 I Thirst Gina Marinello-Sweeney Goodreads
178 I’m With The Band: Confessions Of A Groupie Pamela Des Barres Refinery 29
179 Illuminations Walter Benjamin
Online College Courses
180 In the Penal Colony Franz Kafka
Online College Courses
181 Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
Online College Courses
182 INTO THE WILD JON KRAKAUER
College Magazine
183 Joy in the Morning Betty Smith Goodreads
184 Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson NPR
185 Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) Gayle Forman Goodreads
186 Just One Year (Just One Day, #2) Gayle Forman Goodreads
187 L’Étudiant étranger Philippe Labro Goodreads
188 Lauri Foster Frank Linn Goodreads
189 Lean In Sheryl Sandberg Suny
190 LEFT TO TELL: DISCOVERING GOD AMIDST THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE IMMACULEE ILIBAGIZA
College Magazine
191 LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN COLIN MCCANN
College Magazine
192 Letter From Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King, Jr. The Hustle
193 Letters to a Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke
Huffington Post
194 Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkein
Online College Courses
195 Losing It Odyssey
196 Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez
The Trinity Tripod
197 Love Story (Love Story, #1) Erich Segal Goodreads
198
Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want
Grown and Flown
199 lovetrust T/James Reagan Goodreads
200 Loving Day Mat Johnson NPR
201 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
Online College Courses
202 Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Take Your Success
203 Maurice E.M. Forster Goodreads
204 Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
The Trinity Tripod
205 Meditations Marcus Aurelius The Hustle
206 Montaigne’s Essays
The Daily Beast
207 Mother Courage and Her Children Bertolt Brecht
Online College Courses
208 Music From Standing Waves Johanna Craven Goodreads
209 My Antonia Willa Cather
Online College Courses
210 My Favorite Mistake (My Favorite Mistake, #1) Chelsea M. Cameron Goodreads
211 Mythologies, Roland Barthes
The Daily Beast
212 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
Online College Courses
213 Native Son Richard Wright
Online College Courses
214 Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
The Trinity Tripod
215 Night Elie Wiesel
The Trinity Tripod
216 Nine Stories J.D. Salinger Refinery 29
217 Nonwestern Minority and Female Authors
Online College Courses
218 Oedipus Rex Sophocles
Online College Courses
219 OF MICE AND MEN JOHN STEINBECK
College Magazine
220 On Beauty Zadie Smith
Online College Courses
221 On Painting Alberti
Online College Courses
222 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
The Trinity Tripod
223 One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School Scott Turow Goodreads
224 Oresteia Aeschylus
Online College Courses
225 Origin of Species Charles Darwin
Online College Courses
226 Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline NPR
227 Outer Banks Anne Rivers Siddons Goodreads
228 Penelope Rebecca Harrington Goodreads
229 Pensees
The Daily Beast
230
Personal Investing: The Missing Manual
College Info Geek
231 Philosophy and Religion
Online College Courses
232 Pictures From an Institution
The Daily Beast
233 Poetics Aristotle
Online College Courses
234 Portrait of a Lady Henry James
Huffington Post
235 Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Dan Ariely.
eLearning Industry
236 Prep Curtis Sittenfeld Goodreads
237 Principia Mathematica Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell
Online College Courses
238 Purple Hibiscus Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie Refinery 29
239 Reason To Breathe Odyssey
240 Rites of Spring (Break) (Secret Society Girl, #3) Diana Peterfreund Goodreads
241 Science and Mathematics
Online College Courses
242 Secret Society Girl (Secret Society Girl, #1) Diana Peterfreund Goodreads
243 Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way Dr. Seuss Real Simple
244 Sex at Dawn Christopher Ryan
College Candy
245 Shantaram Gregory Roberts
Publishers Weekly
246 Siddhartha Herman Hesse
Online College Courses
247 Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Online College Courses
248 So Good They Can’t Ignore You
College Info Geek
249 Some Of My Best Friends Are Black Tanner Colby Refinery 29
250 Sophie’s Choice William Styron
The Trinity Tripod
251 Sophomore Switch Ab Goodreads
252
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
College Info Geek
253 Stainer Iolanthe Woulff Goodreads
254 Start with Why Simon Sinek Linkedin
255 State of Wonder Ann Patchett
The Trinity Tripod
256 Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson Suny
257 Straight Man Richard Russo Goodreads
258 Swept (Swept Saga, #1) Becca Lee Nyx Goodreads
259 Tall, Dark Streak of Lightning (Dark Lightning Trilogy, #1) J.M. Richards Goodreads
260 Tap & Gown (Secret Society Girl, #4) Diana Peterfreund Goodreads
261 Tell Me If the Lovers Are Losers Cynthia Voigt Goodreads
262 The 4-Hour Work Week
College Info Geek
263
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
College Info Geek
264 The Aeneid Virgil
Online College Courses
265 The Alchemist Paulo Coehlo Suny
266 The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach Goodreads
267 The Best Advice I’ve Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives Katie Couric Suny
268 The Bible
Online College Courses
269 The Big U Neal Stephenson
Barnes & Noble
270 The Blindfold Siri Hustvedt Goodreads
271 The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
The Trinity Tripod
272 The Body Stephen King
Huffington Post
273
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Grown and Flown
274 The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Trinity Tripod
275 The Campus Trilogy David Lodge
Campus Explorer
276 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Trinity Tripod
277 The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekov
Online College Courses
278 The Chocolate Money Odyssey
279 The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe
The Trinity Tripod
280 The Color Purple Alice Walker
Online College Courses
281 The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx
Online College Courses
282 The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion Elle Luna Real Simple
283 The Double Helix James D. Watson
Online College Courses
284 The Ethical Slut Dossie Eaton
College Candy
285 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
The Trinity Tripod
286 THE GIVER LOIS LOWRY
College Magazine
287 The Glass Castle Odyssey
288 The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
Online College Courses
289 The Go-Getter Peter B. Kyne Linkedin
290 The Golden Bough James George Frazer
Online College Courses
291 The Happiness Equation
College Info Geek
292 The House of Sleep Jonathan Coe Goodreads
293 The Image Daniel J. Boorstin
The Daily Beast
294 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot Refinery 29
295 The Inner Circle T.C. Boyle Goodreads
296 The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain
Huffington Post
297 The Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Huffington Post
298 The Ivy (The Ivy, #1) Lauren Kunze Goodreads
299 The Jungle Upton Sinclair
Online College Courses
300 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch
Take Your Success
301 The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
Online College Courses
302 The Lives of the Artists Vasari
Online College Courses
303 The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P Adelle Waldman
Publishers Weekly
304 The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) Lev Grossman Goodreads
305 The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono
The Daily Beast
306 The Misanthrope Moliere
Online College Courses
307 The Mismeasure of Man Stephen Jay Gould
Online College Courses
308 The Motivation Hacker
College Info Geek
309 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Michael Chabon Goodreads
310 The Neapolitan Novels Elena Ferrante Refinery 29
311 The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories Marina Keegan Goodreads
312 The Personal MBA
College Info Geek
313 The Power of Habit
College Info Geek
314 The Productivity Project
College Info Geek
315 The Promise of a Pencil Adam Braun Linkedin
316 The Real Simple Guide to Real Life Editors of Real Simple Real Simple
317 The Rights of Man Thomas Paine
Online College Courses
318 The Road Cormac McCarthy
Online College Courses
319 The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood Goodreads
320 The Running Man Stephen King Lifehack
321 The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes Goodreads
322 The Sixes Kate White Goodreads
323 The Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Online College Courses
324 The Song of the Lionness Tamora Pierce. Refinery 29
325 The Sorrows of Young Mike John Zelazny Goodreads
326 The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Online College Courses
327 The Summer I Turned Pretty Odyssey
328 The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
Online College Courses
329 The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell
Online College Courses
330 The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas Anand Giridharadas NPR
331 The Twilight Series Odyssey
332 The Varieties of Religious Experience William James
Online College Courses
333 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
Online College Courses
334 The Women’s Room Marilyn French
Publishers Weekly
335 Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
The Trinity Tripod
336
There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Grown and Flown
337 Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Online College Courses
338 Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Online College Courses
339 To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence Robert Uttaro Goodreads
340 Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit Barry Estabrook NPR
341 Trade Me Courtney Milan Goodreads
342 Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom Refinery 29
343 Tug O’ War and Other Drinking Games Solomon Robert Goodreads
344 Ulysses James Joyce
The Daily Beast
345 Under the Rose (Secret Society Girl, #2) Diana Peterfreund Goodreads
346 Under the Surface (The Surface, #1) Katrina Penaflor Goodreads
347 Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington
Online College Courses
348 Vicious (Villains, #1) V.E. Schwab Goodreads
349 Wait! (Oxley College #2) Stacey Nash Goodreads
350 Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett
Online College Courses
351 Waking the Moon Elizabeth Hand Goodreads
352 Walden Henry David Thoreau
Online College Courses
353 War and Peace
The Daily Beast
354 Watership Down Richard Adams
Online College Courses
355 We Are Okay Nina LaCour Goodreads
356 What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Marianne Schnall Refinery 29
357 While I Was Gone Sue Miller Goodreads
358 White Oleander Janet Finch
College Candy
359 Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By Cary Siegel Real Simple
360 Why Not Me? Odyssey
361
Worldly Wisdom: Collected Quotations and Aphorisms
College Info Geek
362 Yes Please Amy Poehler
College Candy
363
Your Money: The Missing Manual
College Info Geek


23 Best College Book Sources/Lists



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Barnes & Noble 7 Books About College Life
Campus Explorer Summer Reading List: Best Books About College
College Candy 10 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Twenties
College Info Geek Essential Books for Students
College Magazine 10 Inspiring Books All College Students Should Read
eLearning Industry Top 10 Books Every College Student Should Read
Goodreads Books About College Life
Grown and Flown 9 Best Books for College Students
Huffington Post 10 Books Every College Freshman Should Read
Lifehack 25 Essential Books That Every College Student Should Read
Linkedin 6 Books All College Students Should Read
NPR What College Freshmen Are Reading
Odyssey 10 Great Books Every College Girl Should Read
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