College can be crazy, wonderful, daunting and full of new experiences. However, it’s a pretty common denominator that most college students want to learn new things, both in life and in the classroom. Well, there is pretty much a book out there for everything and everyone; however, there are certain books that you need to read, no questions asked. Some books can provide an incredible insight that will help you live a happier and more fulfilled life, whereas others will provoke you into imagining endless possibilities. Whatever you’re studying, these books will help to open your mind.
1984 by George Orwell
George Orwell is famous for several insightful novels. However, 1984 has inspired other dystopian books, music, films and even TV shows. His concept of the oppressive totalitarian states can still ring true in today’s society and, in some cases, feel more relevant. This is a novel which will make you think hard about what choices you would make, while also encouraging you to be more aware of the socio-political world around you.
Civilization and its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
Arguably one of the most famous neurologists, Freud founded psychoanalysis and suggested a new structural model of the mind. Many modern studies go back to Freud’s findings and are considered an essential step in unraveling the mysteries of human behavior. If you’ve ever questioned why we do what we do and what drives us as people, particularly within relationships, then Freud is the place to start.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
If you haven’t already read this, then it should be next on your list. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ challenges and highlights many vital issues within society and it still considered a relevant read today even though it was published in 1960. Harper Lee depicts a harrowing tale which explores deep-set racism in the American south through the eyes of a young girl. While this is a prevalent theme, it also examines differences in general and the prejudices her characters face. An eye-opening novel that every American college student should read.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
It is considered to be a groundbreaking tale which explores a young group of unsupervised boys fending for themselves and the consequences of their actions. It shows how human natures reveal themselves in a variety of ways, but also the impact of ‘survival of the fittest’; there becomes bloodshed and ultimately loss of life. This impactful story encourages the reader to consider their behaviors and actions, provoking self-reflection and emphasizing the importance of kindness, compassion, and leadership.
Norwegian Wood by Murakami
Every college student needs to read a Murakami masterpiece. Murakami explores wild concepts and reveals them with a vivid imagination. Norwegian Wood is particularly relevant for college students as a coming-of-age novel; it highlights a young man’s battle with love and friendship but who also has to learn to live and overcome the challenges his faces. This is an inspiring and thought-provoking read.
The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama
This book is comprised of a series of interview questions that were asked to the Dalai Lama, and are quoted extensively. As a mostly direct account from the Dalai Lama, and with many Americans struggling with finding fulfillment with their everyday lives, this can potentially be a life-changing read comprised of life-enriching information.
Whichever you choose to start with, you should make a personal list and try and work through it. These books and novels will not only help you through college, but they carry through life with you.