Whoever said college students don’t like to read books, think again! In this Digital Era, there are plenty of reasons why students would want to read more books than many out there are thinking. Although there’s always a crowd of folks who think of it as boring, there’s still many who love sitting down, drinking a cup of coffee and opening up a new novel.

The following article includes a list of books every college student should read.

Why Read Books as a College Student?

Today, reading has become a trend for every creative mind out there. Even if you’re not big on opening up a book, there are plenty of reasons why you should start. Reading books is known to help:

  • Keep you updated on trends and writing styles
  • Learn new ways of approaching writing
  • Learn about important world topics
  • Widen your vocabulary

Before going through our list, keep in mind that not every book is the same. There are plenty of modern-style, rich novels, and how-to books that are sure to keep you entertained.

Reluctant Millionaires

Author: Brian Nowell

Reluctant Millionaires is the perfect read for young investors. This book was written for all non-professional and early-stage stock market investors and traders. This book is written as a how-to-guide that can help investors make the right decisions almost every time. Simply put, you’ll learn how to make money while avoiding stock market mistakes.

The author, Dr. Brian L. Nowell, is a developmental psychologist who has taught several college students, businessmen and women, and individuals from different countries alike. He takes his knowledge of psychology and the stock market to take investing to the next level.

You can get your hands on the original copy by emailing the author at blnowell@tamuct.edu.

Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

A plane crashes into an uncharted island, leaving a group of schoolboys with plenty of freedom. One day, all order collapses and the island begins to seem more of a nightmare. The Lord of the Flies is a great read that highlights the importance of staying humble and being a responsible leader.


Author: William Shakespeare

Are you familiar with the question, “To be or not to be?”? You guessed it, Hamlet is where this famous phrase comes from. This original play by Shakespeare is an interesting tragedy that throws a bit of betrayal, love, and death in the mix. It’s a story of a young prince’s pursuit of revenge for the murder of his father.


Author: Robert Greene

One of the most interestingly useful books to read before graduating from college is Mastery. This piece of artwork basically a life guide to mastering any skill. This good read goes beyond education and explains the secrets behind the mind and highlights your side of brilliance. You can definitely learn to break your intellectual limits with this great book.

The Outsider

Author: Stephen King

Everyone needs some good suspense every once in a while. The Outsider by Stephen King was one of the best selling books of 2018. Only Stephen King can turn a cold-blooded murder case into a book every college student should check out.

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Author: James Comey

Another great book for every college student should read is A Higher Loyalty. In this book, a former FBI director, James Comey, shares some of his most intense past experiences while working for the government. The book explores what being a good leader is all about and how being ethical shapes decision making.

James Comey is known for being involved in some of the most controversial and shaping cases of our time. Some of the more popular investigations include prosecuting the Mafia and helping change the Bush administration’s policies on torture and electronic surveillance. This is sure to ignite anyone’s curiosity about A Higher Loyalty.


Author: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has been one of the most iconic women of our time. The book is a great read for women who are looking for inspiration, empowerment, and a modern twist on literature. It’s also a great way to take a look into the life of a woman who has steadily defied expectations time and time again.

The Woman in the Window: A Novel

Author: A.J. Finn

You might want to find the perfect spot around campus to avoid distractions because this novel is a thriller. Having caught an enormous amount of attention by Stephen King and the New York Times, you wouldn’t want to let this good read slip past you. This mystery fiction will grab your attention from the first page. The Woman in the Window is about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Until this day, To Kill a Mockingbird has always been a book every college student should read before they graduate. This moving novel has won many prizes and continued to have critical success since it was first published in 1960. The story takes place in the deep south and explores human behavior through innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred. Today, this book is seen as a masterpiece product of American literature.

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin

How about reading some of the works of the author behind the Game of Thrones? This book is not only a good read for college students, but for collectors as well. The story takes place hundreds of years before the Game of Thrones and has plenty of action, love, and hate to keep the thrill going.

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

You’ve been missing out on one of the best books of all time if you haven’t read Fahrenheit 451 it by now. It takes place in a world in which literature is frowned upon and is burned up by the authorities. The main character, Guy Montag, is a fireman whose job is to burn up every printed piece of literature he could find. He later becomes intrigued by the idea behind literature and is forced to go on the run when he is discovered saving some books for himself.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Author: Jordan B. Peterson

Are you curious about the modern world? Jordan B. Peterson combines the truths of ancient tradition with revelations of cutting-edge scientific research to answer some of the most difficult questions. The book covers important topics including discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility while answering profound rules for life.

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet Series #1)

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is an award-winning classic of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe. Their main goal is to find Meg’s father, who became lost while working with the government’s tesseract problem. It’s a fun and intriguing read for college students who believe in some conspiracy theories like time travel.

The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition)

Author: Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a story that combines magic, wisdom, and wonder in a modern-day classic. It’s a story of an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of traveling in search of a worldly treasures. The story teaches readers to discern opportunity and mishaps that can present themselves along the way. It’s also a great message for us all to keep pursuing our dreams.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Author: Cal Newport

Deep Work is an amazing read for all college students. The earlier you can get your hand on this great read, the better. It’s about the ability to focus and dedicate time to things that do matter and being able to put aside all of life’s distractions. Deep Work is divided into two major sections. The first argues that cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. The discussion is then followed by a rigorous training method to help transform your mind and habits to support Deep Work.

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