9 Books Every College Student Should Read

9 Books Every College Student Should Read

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Reading is important. It helps you cognitively and can help with your writing and speaking. There are so many amazing books out there that take you to fantastical lands and far away places. Movies don't ever do books justice, so to get the full effect you must read the book before you watch the movie. Here are 9 books that every college student should read. These are in no particular order, but all have important lessons and make you think about your everyday life and what is going on in the world.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This book address the police brutality against colored teens. The main character Starr, pushes for something to be done after her friend gets shot by police. This book is so well written and addresses so many issues that are relevant in today's world.

2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book challenges social norms. One idea that this book addresses is why being straight is the norm. Loved this book and could not put it down once I started it.

3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This is another book about police brutality and navigating the world as a teen of color. Highly recommend especially to those who are fans of The Hate U Give.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This is a mystery with a huge twist. Everything is not what it seems in this book and you want to go in knowing nothing.

5. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This was a book about interracial relationships, family issues, stereotypes, and navigating life. I very much enjoyed this book and find that it is very relevant in today's world.

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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This book has to do with family issues, relationships and taking chances. The main character is told she is allergic to everything and has to go through the world with that knowledge.

7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I loved this book so much and could not put it down once I picked it up. It is about two gay teens and figuring out the world around them while navigating life.

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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This is a book about a boy who has facial deformities and how the people around him accept him for the way he is. This book was amazing and I could not put it down once I started reading it.

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This is about a girl during WWII-era Germany who steals books from a family she visits. This book was amazing and the narrator is so unexpected and different.

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16 Rupi Kaur Poems Everyone Should Read

An experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity
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Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, writer, illustrator and performer. She is widely known for her first published book, Milk & Honey, a collection of eloquently written poems and drawings. Kaur has also just announced that she will be releasing a new book called The Sun And Her Flowers in October of 2017.

Words and ideas can change the world, and poetry like this holds so much meaning. I hope you get something out of them too.

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There's is so much more to you than being pretty

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First be full on your own

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Never forget this

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No matter how dark the night gets the sun will still rise, so will you

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I am so sorry people do not understand

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Choose love, always

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Celebrate your friends, your family, your neighbors, each other

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Choose kindness, even when they don't deserve it, especially then

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People are their actions, remember that

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The most important thing is being comfortable with yourself

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Do not ever compromise who you are

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You are your home

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Never let anyone belittle you

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Do, be, and make what you love

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Rest in peace

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You are strong, you are gold
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10 Books For When Reading Harry Potter For The 20th Time Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore

If you're interested in adding lesser-known novels to your collection, keep reading.

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If you're a book lover like me, then one of your biggest dilemmas is probably finding new things to read. You crave new pieces of literature, but you don't want to get roped into reading the same novels that are on everyone else's lists.

If you're interested in adding lesser-known novels to your collection, keep reading.

1. "The Lonely Hearts Hotel" by Heather O’Neill

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This book takes place in the heart of Montreal during the mid-20th century. Two orphans meet in a children's home run by the church. Both spend their days dreaming of better lives and the people they wish to become.

The novel follows their journey as they grow up, pursue their dreams, fall in love and cope with childhood traumas. It's the perfect mix of romance, angst, action and drama.

2. "Midwinterblood" by Marcus Sedgwick

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Have you ever felt like you've lived another life before?

Maybe you're convinced you sailed upon the Titanic, or maybe you were among the intellectuals who built the Pyramids. Perhaps you've visited somewhere that felt oddly familiar, even though you'd never been there before.

"Midwinterblood" follows Eric and Merle. The two loved and lost each other, and they've been searching through time for one another ever since. The novel is made up of seven stories told throughout history, from the days of the Vikings to the year 2073.

This one's for hopeless romantics and sci-fi geeks alike.

3. "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness

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"A Monster Calls" is a quicker read, but it's definitely one of the best on this list.

It tells the story of a young boy coping with his mother's terminal illness, all while being visited by a monster every night. The boy's tale is spooky, mysterious and moving.

If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh and cry all in the same chapter, pick this one up.

4. "Nine Stories" by J.D. Salinger

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For those who read "The Catcher in the Rye" back in the ninth grade and still think about it, this is for you. "Nine Stories" is a collection of short tales by J.D. Salinger, each one more interesting, haunting and riveting than the last.

5. "Vegan Comfort Classics" by Lauren Toyota

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OK, so this isn't your typical bedside novel. (But who am I to say, right?) It is, however, worth the read.

"Vegan Comfort Classics" is a cookbook full of unique, fun and amazing vegan dishes that'll make you never want to eat out again!

6. "Half Bad" by Sally Green

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This book is probably one of the most difficult ones to explain, but it essentially follows the life of a 16-year-old boy named Nathan. He lives in a modern-day version of England. Seems pretty harmless, right? Wrong.

Nathan's world consists of two factions of witches that live among the humans. And he's also the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch.

I can't say much more without spoiling the novel. You'll just have to read it for yourself to see what happens.

7. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

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Powerful and real, "The Hate U Give" discusses serious issues but throws in touches of humor to keep you grounded.

I'm only about halfway through this one, so I can't put it all into words just yet. However, I know that this book will go down as one of my favorite reads of all time.

8. "My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now" by Peter Mayle

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In this book, Peter Mayle tells stories and reflects on the past 25 years he spent living in the south of France. Beautiful and inviting, this is the kind of novel that makes you want to pack all your things, move to France and start your life over there.

From culinary delights to becoming a better person, Mayle's story is one that will stay with you forever.

9. "Diary of an Oxygen Thief" by Anonymous

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Imagine a world where Holden Caulfield is an alcoholic and Lolita is a photographer's assistant. By some test of fate, they meet in the big city. He is madly in love, and she is mad with ambition.

I can't say more without spoiling anything, so I'll just leave you with the link.

10. "When Life Gives You Lululemons" by Lauren Weisberger

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This sequel to "The Devil Wears Prada" is hilarious and unique. All of my fellow shopaholics and fashion lovers must read it.

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