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What are must-read books for college students?

Topic: Other | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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It's always good for college freshmen (or soon-to-be college freshmen) to read a couple of popular bestsellers and teen books. Usually, most of your classmates have read these and they are GREAT conversation starters. Try something like "The Hunger Games" or other books that are being made into movies. People love to talk about them!

Answered by: Taylor C. | over 2 years ago
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For what to expect while you are in college there is a book called college life for dummies. It mentions all of the things that occurs during your first year of college. There is also a couple of websites were they offer tips from prior college students.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on your major. You have lots of books to read during the semester. Some good books that people should never leave college without are the prince, the scarlet letter and Plato's the republic. But you should take advantage of off time to read books that you may not have time to read during the semester. Explore books that may not be in your major area.

Answered by: Rancor207 C. | almost 4 years ago
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There are many different must- read books for college. It just depends on what your looking to go into as to what you should read. Most "classic" novels such as The Scarlett Letter and Cold Mountain are essential. This is because there is so much in books like this that expose you to college level reading. I would recommend a combined list of "Classic" novels and Pulitzer Prize winners to get up to par.

Answered by: Lmukeeper O. | about 4 years ago
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With the exception of books specifically assigned to you for classes, there are many books that college students should be familiar with. Any reading material assigned in high school is a good start. Most books assigned in high school English classes are assigned for a reason - they're classics. As far as more advanced literature college students should read, topping the list are: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Hamlet by William Shakespeare. These are widely regarded as some of the best books of all time. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with world history from a source outside of your High School History classes, a good way to do this is by reading biographies and history books.

Answered by: Chemistry X. | about 4 years ago
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That depends on the course of study and the professor. During my time in college, the books varied from class to class. Some professors just have unique preferences and it is very rare that you any two will pick the same books, though it can be coincidental. If you are starting your basics, then a general knowledge of each course is obviously required. Normally though,you do not need any extensive reading into any particular basics course, because in high school the books you read should have prepared you. In addition to reading in high school, the books assigned to you for the course are usually the only thing you will need to get by, excluding research assignments. After basics however, the required literature is much more obvious to determine considering your area of study. Best of luck!

Answered by: Santiago Sky A. | about 4 years ago
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There is a book called 8 things college students fear when entering college. This book is written by former recent college grads which is great for someone who is entering college. There are also several blogs that are available that mentioned some of the day of a life of a college student. It is easy to find, you may have to goggle search for the online blogs.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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There are quite a few books that are recommended for college students. What to read really depends on just what type of reading material that you are in to. A couple of options are: Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows by Jay Bakker (The list author says:"for anyone who's ever felt beaten up by the church") One by Richard Bach (The list author says:"what if we could meet the people we are destined to be in twenty years?") You can simple go to www.google.com or try www.amazon.com and search for college student must read read lists.

Answered by: William A. | about 4 years ago
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I suggest Fiction books. Find a genre you like and read as much as possible. In college it is very easy to get burned out on books since you read so many of them. I wouldn't suggest any of those "prepare for college books".

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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College Bound Reading List: Agee, James A Death in the Family Story of loss and heartbreak felt when a young father dies. Anderson, Sherwood Winesburg, Ohio A collection of short stories lays bare the life of a small town in the Midwest. Baldwin, James Go Tell It On the Mountain Semi-autobiographical novel about a 14-year-old black youth's religious conversion. Bellamy, Edward Looking Backward: 2000-1887 Written in 1887 about a young man who travels in time to a utopian year 2000, where economic security and a healthy moral environment have reduced crime. Bellow, Saul Seize the Day A son grapples with his love and hate for an unworthy father. Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451 Reading is a crime and firemen burn books in this futuristic society. Cather, Willa My Antonia Immigrant pioneers strive to adapt to the Nebraska prairies. Chopin, Kate The Awakening The story of a New Orleans woman who abandons her husband and children to search for love and self-understanding. Clark, Walter Van Tilburg The Ox-Bow Incident When a group of citizens discovers one of their members has been murdered by cattle rustlers, they form an illegal posse, pursue the murderers, and lynch them. Cormier, Robert The Chocolate War Jerry Renault challenges the power structure of his school when he refuses to sell chocolates for the annual fundraiser. Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage During the Civil War, Henry Fleming joins the army full of romantic visions of battle which are shattered by combat. Dorris, Michael A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Three generations of Native American women recount their searches for identity and love. Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man A black man's search for himself as an individual and as a member of his race and his society. Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying The Bundren family takes the ripening corpse of Addie, wife and mother, on a gruesomely comic journey. Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby A young man corrupts himself and the American Dream to regain a lost love. Gaines, Ernest The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman In her 100 years, Miss Jane Pittman experiences it all, from slavery to the civil rights movement. Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter An adulterous Puritan woman keeps secret the identity of the father of her illegitimate child. Heller, Joseph Catch-22 A broad comedy about a WWII bombardier based in Italy and his efforts to avoid bombing missions. Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms During World War I, an American lieutenant runs away with the woman who nurses him back to health. Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie repudiates many roles in her quest for self-fulfillment. Kesey, Ken One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest A novel about a power struggle between the head nurse and one of the male patients in a mental institution. Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird At great peril to himself and his children, lawyer Atticus Finch defends an African-American man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town. Lewis, Sinclair Main Street A young doctor's wife tries to change the ugliness, dullness and ignorance which prevail in Gopher Prairie, Minn. London, Jack Call of the Wild Buck is a loyal pet dog until cruel men make him a pawn in their search for Klondike gold. McCullers, Carson The Member of the Wedding A young southern girl is determined to be the third party on a honeymoon, despite all the advice against it from friends and family. Melville, Herman Moby-Dick A complex novel about a mad sea captain's pursuit of the White Whale. Morrison, Toni Sula The lifelong friendship of two women becomes strained when one causes the other's husband to abandon her. O'Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find Social awareness, the grotesque, and the need for faith characterize these stories of the contemporary South. Parks, Gordon The Learning Tree A fictional study of a black family in a small Kansas town in the 1920s. Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar The heartbreaking story of a talented young woman's descent into madness. Poe, Edgar Allan Great Tales and Poems Poe is considered the father of detective stories and a master of supernatural tales. Potok, Chaim The Chosen Friendship between two Jewish boys, one Hasidic and the other Orthodox, begins at a baseball game and flourishes despite their different backgrounds and beliefs. Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye A prep school dropout rejects the "phoniness" he sees all about him. Sinclair, Upton The Jungle The deplorable conditions of the Chicago stockyards are exposed in this turn-of-the-century novel. Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath The desperate flight of tenant farmers from Oklahoma during the Depression. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom's Cabin The classic tale that awakened a nation about the slave system. Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, travel down the Mississippi in search of freedom. Vonnegut, Kurt Slaughterhouse-Five Billy Pilgrim, an optometrist from Ilium, New York, shuttles between World War II Dresden and a luxurious zoo on the planet Tralfamadore. Walker, Alice The Color Purple A young woman sees herself as property until another woman teaches her to value herself. Wells, H.G. The Time Machine A scientist invents a machine that transports him into the future. Welty, Eudora Thirteen Stories A collection of short stories about people and life in the deep South. Wolfe, Thomas Look Homeward, Angel A novel depicting the coming of age of Eugene Gant and his passion to experience life. Wright, Richard Native Son Bigger Thomas, a young man from the Chicago slums, lashes out against a hostile society by committing two murders.

Answered by: Ker239 C. | about 4 years ago
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The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. It helps students learn about how money can really work in your favor. It also has set steps to help you to retire at whatever income you would like to live off of. My wife and I read this book and it completely changed our views on money.

Answered by: Broeckelman N. | about 4 years ago
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I suggest longer book series like The Lord of the Rings, or the Dark Tower series. I would stay away from non-fiction since you are going to be burned out on it while you are in college.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Look for the newest books that are bestsellers. Also read previously popular books like An Inconvenient Truth or the Omnivore's Dilemma. Read newsmagazines such as Newsweek or Times magazine.

Answered by: Mrs Potts B. | about 4 years ago
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I would read a lot of fiction since during college you are likely to get burned out on non-fiction. Longer series are very rewarding. I suggest the Dark Tower series or Lord of the Rings.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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You should read the New York Times Bestseller books. You can go to your library and rent out any of the new books. Try reading nonfiction books instead of fiction. That way you might actually learn something interesting.

Answered by: Choco Mint Y. | about 4 years ago
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A must read book for college students is The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. If you read this book, it will not only help you manage your finances, but also help you learn about different ways of investing. The ways of investing would be helpful for a college student after he/she is done with college.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | about 4 years ago
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Well, for starters, make sure that as a new college student you make the first books you read your textbooks! There's nothing more important, trust me. If you're talking about fiction, having a handle on the classics will definitely be a boon for making comparisons in class, and having some familiarity with the bible will come in very handy if you ever find yourself taking any courses in analyzing literature.

Answered by: Mixtape C. | about 4 years ago
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A couple of books students at my school were required to read were "Antigone" and "Civilization and Its Discontents". They were required by my classes. Also the freshman class had to read these books "honky", and "The Translator". My school likes to try and unite all freshman by asking them to read a certain book over the summer. They also try and get the author to come and speak.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | about 4 years ago
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Many colleges now offer classes that provide Freshman with information that they used to search for in books. These classes will teach you how to study and techniques that will help you be more successful. Often, the only books that college students read are their textbooks.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | about 4 years ago
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"How to Read a Book" by Mortimer Jerome Adler is a classic but excellent guide to how to get the most out of your reading. William Strunk's "The Elements of Style" will go miles in getting you through all those college papers. "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire is another invaluable tome that will challenge your worldview.

Answered by: Indogitrust F. | about 4 years ago
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Read books that are written about your major. It'll give you a better insight about the studies in your job industry. It'll be an educational type of read!

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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The college students must read books are Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, Success Without College: Why Your Child May Not Have to Go to College Right Now--and May Not Have to Go At All.Before I headed out on a career path I made a decision to always keep learning. I believe that the continual passion to learn is essential to success both in College and in any Career Choice. Here I___ve assembled the 10 most inspirational books to me, they___ve helped me in life, in work, in business, and in leadership. All things that will put you on the right path before starting College.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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The college students must read books are Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning,Success Without College: Why Your Child May Not Have to Go to College Right Now--and May Not Have to Go At All.Before I headed out on a career path I made a decision to always keep learning. I believe that the continual passion to learn is essential to success both in College and in any Career Choice. Here I___ve assembled the 10 most inspirational books to me, they___ve helped me in life, in work, in business, and in leadership. All things that will put you on the right path before starting College.

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | about 4 years ago
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Any classics are good. If you want more up to date look at the New York Times Bestseller list. This has something for everyone. As long as yo're reading and staying active!

Answered by: Check A. | about 4 years ago
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The classics are a great place to start. Are there any books you saw other classes in high school reading? Those are also a good choice. You could also contact your college's english department and see if they have any type of book lists or recommendations for the classes that you are taking.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | about 4 years ago
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The college students must read these books Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Success Without College: Why Your Child May Not Have to Go to College Right Now--and May Not Have to Go At All, Prozac Nation.Before I headed out on a career path I made a decision to always keep learning. I believe that the continual passion to learn is essential to success both in College and in any Career Choice.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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Many colleges now offer classes that provide Freshman with information that they used to search for in books. These classes will teach you how to study and techniques that will help you be more successful. Often, the only books that college students read are their textbooks.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | about 4 years ago
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"How to Read a Book" by Mortimer Jerome Adler is a classic but excellent guide to how to get the most out of your reading. William Strunk's "The Elements of Style" will go miles in getting you through all those college papers. "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire is another invaluable tome that will challenge your worldview.

Answered by: Indogitrust F. | about 4 years ago
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Read books that are written about your major. It'll give you a better insight about the studies in your job industry. It'll be an educational type of read!

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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The college students must read books are Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, Success Without College: Why Your Child May Not Have to Go to College Right Now--and May Not Have to Go At All.Before I headed out on a career path I made a decision to always keep learning. I believe that the continual passion to learn is essential to success both in College and in any Career Choice. Here I___ve assembled the 10 most inspirational books to me, they___ve helped me in life, in work, in business, and in leadership. All things that will put you on the right path before starting College.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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For what to expect while you are in college there is a book called college life for dummies. It mentions all of the things that occurs during your first year of college. There is also a couple of websites were they offer tips from prior college students.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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The college students must read books are Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning,Success Without College: Why Your Child May Not Have to Go to College Right Now--and May Not Have to Go At All.Before I headed out on a career path I made a decision to always keep learning. I believe that the continual passion to learn is essential to success both in College and in any Career Choice. Here I___ve assembled the 10 most inspirational books to me, they___ve helped me in life, in work, in business, and in leadership. All things that will put you on the right path before starting College.

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | about 4 years ago
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Any classics are good. If you want more up to date look at the New York Times Bestseller list. This has something for everyone. As long as yo're reading and staying active!

Answered by: Check A. | about 4 years ago
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The classics are a great place to start. Are there any books you saw other classes in high school reading? Those are also a good choice. You could also contact your college's english department and see if they have any type of book lists or recommendations for the classes that you are taking.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | about 4 years ago
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The college students must read these books Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Success Without College: Why Your Child May Not Have to Go to College Right Now--and May Not Have to Go At All, Prozac Nation.Before I headed out on a career path I made a decision to always keep learning. I believe that the continual passion to learn is essential to success both in College and in any Career Choice.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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Read books that are related to your major. The best to find out which are the must-read and hottest books right now, go to a bookstore or check out one of the bookstore's websites and look under the section of what you are studying. Also, ask professors if they could recommend you any books that could be useful.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | about 4 years ago
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- Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows by Jay Bakker - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning by John Bear -Success Without College: Why Your Child May Not H

Answered by: Venom01 F. | about 4 years ago
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student made a decision to always keep learning. student learn is essential to success both in College and in any Career Choice and also learn to theyve helped me in life, in work, in business, and in leadership. All things that will put you on the right path

Answered by: Hanjy J. | about 4 years ago
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There two top reads that everyone should read before attending college and The Secret and Who Moved My Cheese. Both books focus on important tools to acquire when entering college life. Each book is influential and will provide a reader with inspiration and confidence to make smart choices within their college career. The first book, The Secret describes how your thoughts can directly influence your actions and the paths chosen throughout your life. Who Moved My Cheese, is a great read for those making personal and career choices.

Answered by: Rancor211 X. | almost 4 years ago
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There are many books that are not requirements to be read in college, but are strongly recommended. Most of these books are considered classics, and what better time to read them than in college. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemmingway), The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), Catch 22 (Joseph Heller) and 1984 (George Orwell) are great examples of books that college students should make the time to read.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | almost 4 years ago
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The university you are attending might have a suggested reading list. Check their website under the incoming students section to see if they have one. Otherwise I would recommend a few books. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye are both novels that are alluded to a lot in other literature and read by many high school students. The Stranger is also an excellent and quick read. For a list compiled by a library for high school seniors go to this website: http://als.lib.wi.us/Collegebound.html

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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Usually, you should choose books that are already well known. Read books that are on the bestsellers list or have won awards. Those books are usually really engaging and you can learn from them. Read books that have to do with your major so you can gain knowledge. You should also read a lot on your major as well that aren't necessarily textbooks or anything.

Answered by: Mylittlep Ony H. | almost 4 years ago
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