College, or university life of a student is full of challenge. He needs to face and the ups and downs in many occasions throughout this time period, but he needs to keep himself going against all ordeals. So, there are certain inspiring books that can keep him motivated and focused.

These books are must read for every student at least once during their college life:

  1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho – There are several good quotes could be found in this very inspiring book.
  2. The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – It is an extraordinary creation of this Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz.
  3. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela – The writer needs no introduction. He was a born fighter, and his book is truly inspiring.
  4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami – This candidly written novel expresses the bitter truth of life in a very clear way.
  5. The Circle by Dave Eggers – This 2013 novel is a fascinating commentary on the lives of postgrads.
  6. The Orphan Master’s son by Adam Johnson – It provides a sense on how a dystopian world with a totalitarian government would be like in the modern day. The narration is relatively different from an average book.
  7. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee – The theme of this novel is racism, where the writer has introduced some social issues in a humorous tone.
  8. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer – This 2002 novel of Jonathan Safran Foer has received wide accolades from the critics.
  9. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers – It is very impressive and touching memoir of the writer.
  10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan-American writer, has written one of the most memorable stories of battle worn Afghanistan.
  11. A Room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf – In her lucid tone the famous writer has narrated the importance of “space” in every person’s life.
  12. Man’s Search for meaning by Victor E. Frankl – It is written in the wake of the Holocaust, the psychiatrist turned writer has nicely narrated how a life can be made truly productive in spite of many challenges.
  13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi – It is a memoir told through four different novels.
  14. 1984 by George Orwell – A political fiction that throws light on different political events.
  15. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – A novel on the backdrop of world war I. It is a history unveiled in some different way.
  16. The old man and the sea by Earnest Hemingway – This Nobel prize winning book is a must-read for the college students.
  17. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This is one of the best fiction by any American writer.
  18. The River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins – It is a nice narration of the birth of the earth and its evolution.
  19. Paradise Lost by Milton – This extremely popular book throws light on the good and bad sides of life.
  20. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – this memoir of the writer provides a clear image on how legacies, and secrets shape a family and its members.
  21. The Group by Mary McCarthy – It is a story of a group of college students in 1933 depicting the life of college students at that time.
  22. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – This motivational book needs reading to understand how life can be made happier.
  23. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – This Nobel prize winner economist has opened up the mysterious world of human thinking patterns in this book.
  24. The Last Lecture by Randy Pauach – This book is based on the professor’s “last lecture” to his students at Carnegie Mellon on how to achieve childhood dreams.
  25. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama – It shows up the views and ideas of the great monk and philanthropist Dalai Lama.