Some students do like reading, some do not. No matter on which side you are right now, you have to know that reading is popular again! Some years ago students were too overwhelmed with newly-invented TV-shows and computer games. Time passed by, and books are in fashion again. I would say people have realized that books are immortal and the influence of reading on our lives is seen in lifelong learning. So, if you have decided to dive into the literature world, you surely want to know the top books to read.
So, get ready to learn our list of the most useful books for students. These books are not the part of the academic program. Nevertheless, these books add life experience, broaden the life view, develop creativity and vocabulary.
1. “Congratulations, by the Way” by George Saunders
This book is the kind of the inspirational writing. Three months prior to the birth of this book, George Saunders gave the impressive convocational speech at the Syracuse University. The speech was published in New York Times, and just in few days it was shared more than million times. This is a very inspirational and kind book that teaches people to be more fulfilling in their dreams and actions, to be kinder and respectful.
2. “The Empathy Exams” by Leslie Jamison
This book offers the collection of essays on very trivial things – violence at streets, medical services at hospitals, and the humor of TV-shows etc. The essays teach the skills of empathy and relationships in society. Here, you can find meaningful answers to such questions as “’How to build the relationships with the spouse?”, “How to reach understanding with the person that has controversial life views?”, “How can we feel the pain of another person?”, “In which ways can we help and comfort?” The book is a unique guideline for developing empathy in people written in the form of essays with examples.
3. “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S.
Clason is a very useful book for students in a way that it prepares current students for the adult life, where they have to compete on the job market, pay their living and build the career. The book stresses that it is not enough to wait until your graduation. Students have to take an advantage at all stages of their education in order to be better prepared for the future life.
4. “Who Moved My Cheese? “by Spencer Johnson.
This story teaches students to be responsible for every event that happens to them. In the form of allegory this story teaches us to react to various changes, life conditions, uncomfortable situations and stresses. The book is easy to read and comical, but it gives valuable life lessons.
5. “Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson
This book is a tool to remind all your knowledge in the science in an easy and comprehensive way. The author explains the structure of the Earth, the solar system and peculiarities of the life on our planet in an entertaining way.
6. “The Circle” by Dave Eggers
is a fascinating story of the life of postgraduates, their views on life and technology, the role of technological development on the personal life and psychic condition, the thirst for recognition and the loss of personal relationships. The story is interesting in the light of what challenges are posed by modern development, and how people could overcome these challenges without compromising their personal traits.
7. “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” by Levitt and Dubner
This is one of the best books to read for students as it encourages analytical thinking. The book teaches to reconsider the results and analysis of the statistics that is provided to the general discretion. It encourages students to look few steps in advance and read the statistics using own analytical skills and creativity. It is an encouragement for thoughtful approach to the future life and realm.
8. “The Alchemist” by P. Coelho.
25 years after the first edition of this book, it is still in the list of bestsellers in New York Times, among the top books of all times. The book tells the story of the boy Santiago who travels from Spain to Morocco, and then to Egypt with a dream to see the world. His adventures are full of self-empowering and wise events that show how to cope with depression, overcome struggles and misfortunes, stay devoted to fulfillment of your dream.
9. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.
This book contains the text of the last lecture given by R.Paulsh to students of Carnegie Mellon. We think that every graduate should consider this inspirational piece of writing that gives confidence and advices to never give up the childhood dreams. The book encourages people to never lose their true person.
10. “White Teeth” by Zadie Smith.
This book is written by the Cambridge graduate during her final year at the college. The book is complex and has a rich historical context. The main characters are the veterans of the World War II who became agents of the English sociocultural transformation. The book is interesting in several senses. First of all, it shows how rash decisions can impact the entire future life path. Secondly, it is a good excurse into the history.