Top Ten Back to School Books (College Edition)
- The college I went to had a rule that all Liberal Studies classes had to include a novel as part of it's curriculum. I decided to make my own recommendations on books that would go with general classes that everybody takes en-route to a college degree.
The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll
- A super interesting book about tracking down a hacker. I loved that this made hearing about boring computer terminology and language interesting.
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
- A memoir about living with depression and a fictional story of a woman dealing with trauma and psychological issues.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Station Eleven is for Theater since it's about a post-apoc Shakespeare troop, and I'll Give You the Sun is all about the Art.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- An Abundance of Katherines seems like a fun way to read about Math. Phantom Tollbooth is a classic children's book that looks at Math in a backwards way.
The Martian by Andy Weir
- The m/c is a Botanist/Astronaut stuck on Mars and there is a TON of technical science in this book.
Shrapnel in the Heart by Laura Palmer
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Shrapnel in the Heart is a book of letters that people left at the Vietnam Memorial & their stories after the author tracked them down. It's a beautiful/heartbreaking look at a war that isn't often studied in History classes. Slaughterhouse-Five covers WWII in an unconventional way.
Third and Indiana by Steve Lopez
Smashed by Koren Zailckas
- Third and Indiana covers drugs and gangs and Smashed looks at binge-drinking.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- This graphic novel is an eye-opening look at women's rights, taking a stand, Middle Eastern culture, and should be read by everyone.
- Also, here's a few books everyone should read before they move on campus.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- I feel like anyone who moves to college without a set friend-group could relate to Cath's struggle to find her place.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
- I'm going to rec this just because human understanding is a life lesson that is relevant anytime, but especially before going out into the adult world for the first time.
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
- Because PRANKS! You gotta play some pranks if you're about to live the dorm life.
What back to school books did you put on your list?