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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13 Examples Of When A Good Author Changes Your Heart, Your Life, And Your Mind

A good book is nothing without the incredible writer behind it.

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I'm an avid reader. I have been since I was old enough to walk over to the bookshelf and yank out every book on the lower shelves. (Just ask my parents.)

Books have always fascinated me with their abilities to tell stories of all kinds, to transport you for even a few minutes to a whole other world. I could--and do, when I have the time--sit for hours curled up with a good book, oblivious to the world around me but for the fictional one between my hands.

I love talking with others about books. I could talk for hours about books, comparing opinions and recommending individual books or series. It's almost like a spell, to talk about something I love so dearly: like a wave of peace coming over me.

November 1 was National Author Day. Out of curiosity, I created a survey to see what my fellow writers would name as their favorite authors. And amazingly, not a single response that I got was the same.

1. Jane Austen

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"Jane Austen, because her 18th century novels depict rebellion of society, which I relate to as I refuse to follow society and its ways." - Female, 21

2. Rupi Kaur

"I read her poetry books when I was in a very abusive relationship. It opened my eyes that I am not who he defined me to be. I'm not an object, I'm a living human being that is a force to be reckoned with and I can take on the world!" - Female, 19

3. J.K. Rowling

"I have always been an avid reader, but when I was in fifth grade and I decided to read the Harry Potter series I was blown away. I truly was in a whole new universe when I read those books and it made me even more of a reader. That series and her writing made me appreciate the reading world so much. I guarantee if I had not read those books I wouldn't be half of the book nerd I am today." - female, 19

(Surprisingly, I didn't write this. But this was my experience with Harry Potter as well, and I have so much respect for JKR and the community she gave countless amounts of people around the world.)

4. Joseph Bruchac

"Joseph Bruchac changed my life when I met him at a book reading at a Native American Museum. He read some of my poetry and told me I was doing an amazing job and to keep up with the writing. That inspired me to always make time to write." - Female, 20

5. Stephen King

"[He] helped me become the horror fan I am today!" - Female, 19

6. Rick Riordan

"Rick Riordan, because his books started my love for reading!" - Female, 19

7. Zora Neal Hurston

"In high school, I read her novel 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' and it was the first time that I truly fell in love with a novel. Not a young adult sappy vampire novel or anything, but a real book. To this day, it's still my favorite." - Female, 20

8. Stephen Chbosky

"He made me believe that I deserve love and my feelings matter." - Female, 20

9.  Nicola Yoon

"Nicole Yoon has been one of my favorite authors because she has diverse characters. Each character is unique and untraditionally and I really admire that." - Female, 19

10.  Ernest Hemingway

"Because he taught me how to be myself and learn life the interesting way." - Male, 21

11.  John Green

"His books got me back into reading when I was in high school, and they taught me how to love little quirks about other people!" - Female, 19

Fun fact: I used this as my quote for my high school graduation ceremony (we all had to choose one quote or phrase we wanted to be read as we walked to get our diploma).

12.  Alan Bradley

"His mystery novels never fail to put me at a peace of mind. I could re-read his books a dozen times and not got bored of the same story." - Female, 18

13.  Toni Morrison

"I think Toni Morrison changed my life immensely, especially after transferring schools. I was able to see the world from a different perspective other than my own. I was also able to see that as a black woman, I need to understand what my role is in this world and how I can make a difference for my community." - Female, 19

And as for me? I'd say JKR and Rick Riordan - both writers of series that turned me into the massive nerdy fangirl I tend to be nowadays. Both created whole worlds within the pages of their series, something I had never truly experienced before - at least, certainly not on the level I did with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

I'd also say John Green. "The Fault In Our Stars" is really his only seriously cheesy book. "Turtles All the Way Down" really got into what it's like to live with anxiety and OCD in an almost visceral way, and that meant a lot to me. As someone who has lived with anxiety from a young age, to see a writer use their wide readership for something so big meant a lot.

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