Come on now, we know it’s good for us. Not only do we learn a lot and stimulate our minds, but sometimes we even find joy in flipping the pages rapidly, dying to find out what’s next. Reading is a great hobby, and finding time to do it daily is an even better habit. However, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. For young adults who are putting down the Twilight Saga and looking for novels more practical and stimulating, this article’s for you. Seemingly impossible at first, there’s an abundance of books that are just as entertaining as they are thought-provoking.
Read below for some of the best book recommendations for college students.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
If you’re looking for something in between fiction and enlightenment, you’ve found it. The Alchemist is a great book to start with if you’re looking for something a little deeper than a simple tale. The international bestseller and widely translated novel follows the story of a young shepherd boy named Santiago. After meeting with a fortune teller regarding his reoccurring dreams, he decides to venture out to the Egyptian Pyramids in hopes of finding treasure. This easy read and fun tale is saturated with metaphors and analogies. Like reading a philosophy book without boring lectures, Coelho illustrates a beautiful story with even better lessons to be learned from it.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
With five out of five of his books landing on The New York Times Best Seller List, if you haven’t heard of Malcolm Gladwell yet, you definitely will as you go through your twenties. Outliers is a great book to start with if you’re looking to leave the fiction at home and delve into something more research-based.
Don’t let the word “research” scare you. Gladwell articulates in his third book why someone we may perceive to be as average goes on to be famous or a wealthy billionaire. Outliers gives a thorough explanation and reasoning behind what it is that makes certain people stand out from the rest. With riveting stories and dialogue, you won’t be bored as you learn about what makes someone stand out from the rest.
The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek
If you’re already in college, chances are you’ve dealt with a super selfish ex-boyfriend or ex-best-friend in the past. This book is perfect for learning about why selfish people are the way they are, narcissist or not. Kristin Dombek’s The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism explains how narcissists think, how they manipulate others so effortlessly, and why we often overlook the obvious red flags they show us. Touching on all the different people we interact with throughout our lives, Dombek’s novel gives insight into a common trait that is toxic to those with genuine and giving personalities.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
Everyone drills it into our heads, and by now we are completely aware that our twenties are some of the most fun and critical years of our lives. What they don’t always tell us is why they are so important. Dr. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist, and in her novel, she recounts the testimonies of some of her previous patients and what they regret not doing in their twenties. Using different names, of course, readers can learn from the mistakes Jay identifies and describes, aiming not to make the same ones. Our twenties are much more important than we may always think, and Meg Jay refuses to let us forget that in her book.
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
Another New York Times Best Seller, Díaz writes a collection of short stories all involving love and its ups and downs. Disguised as a guilty-pleasure read, you can take away a lot from each character and their experiences with infatuation and losing it. The nine different stories included in this book will have you equally in tears as in deep thought.