It’s very natural for college students to find studying for a college degree challenging and stressful at certain times. Deciding careers and finding a dream job is not an easy task. It can be very consuming. In order to relax the mind from such constant worries college students, apart from various other relaxing activities, also to turn to books for guidance and inner peace.
While books are irreplaceable, many truly become timeless and can be trusted for a good knowledgeable read- not just educationally, but spiritually. With that in consideration, here are some books college students must definitely read. Trust me, you would cherish them!
1.Looking for Alaska – John Green
Finding stories that are clever but also funny, exciting, full of surprises and maybe some tragedy- you definitely need to find different books for the same but ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green is the perfect place to find them all!
The story is about ‘Miles’ who fell head over heels in love with a pixie dream girl named ‘Alaska’ who is slightly maniac, and when you compare them, one is “drizzle”, the other a pure “hurricane” and John Green reflects into the lives of these different teenagers of today.
While he unabashedly talks about their hobbies which are mainly drinking, playing pranks, chain-smoking and sex advice, John absolutely paints the book with realism and truth. Looking for Alaska teaches one a lot about love, redemption, guilt, and friendship all at once, and one should definitely read it before heading into the adult life.
If you like Looking for Alaska, you should totally check out Paper Towns by John Green
2. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
This book, even though now adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts, speaks personally to its audience as the memoir takes the reader beyond the scope of imagination and into the personal hardships of Gilbert. In “Eat, Pray, Love,” author Elizabeth Gilbert manages to talk about the hardships in her marriage in relation to the struggles of getting a divorce, while also taking the reader across the globe to Italy, India, and Brazil where she finds love once again.
“I like the message of self-discovery, and that at any age, it’s never too late to reinvent a new life for yourself. [It helped me] to take chances and to do things for my own personal enjoyment rather than to please others or to fit an expected mold of what in life is supposed to make you happy as a woman,” said FSU senior Carla Badame. Lastly, “Eat, Pray, Love” would definitely influence you to travel the world and find yourself, or maybe just leave you craving a lot of different ethnic foods- and it is enough reason to give it a read!
If you like Eat, Pray, Love then you must read The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggart.
3. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Making of this project comes out from the personal experiment by the author, which she calls “the happiness project” that she focused on, after realising that she wasn’t that happy as she must be. Dedicating a whole year on the study, the book talks about her focus on 12 different aspects of her life and systematically tracked habits and behavioural patterns that boosted her happiness. While everyone’s idea of happiness will be different, the author gives readers a rough guideline to birth their own happiness.
This book thus must be read by all college students in order to find out the various things that make them happy and how can they improvise their way of living to keep themselves more happy. Why should then college students not read this book?
If you like The Happiness Project, you must check out A Little Book of Happiness by Ruskin Bond
4. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen
Allen in his book ‘Getting Things Done’ presents one of the best methods to be productive. The basic principle behind the book is the idea that you should get all your thoughts and tasks out of your mind so they do not clutter your headspace. First, apply the 2-minute rule. If a task takes less than 2 minutes to complete, do it now. If it takes longer, follow a simple five-step workflow: capture, clarify, organise, reflect, and engage. By following these two principles you can virtually take control of all projects and tasks in your life.
Sounds simple? That’s because it is. You can start applying it to school work, hobbies, and any other projects right away. While the original book was published in 2001, Allen has kept it updated and relevant to today’s busy and noisy world of multitasking, email, and social media, which is why you should give it a read!
If you like Getting Things Done, then you must see The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma
Hope you liked our list. Happy Reading!