Best Books That Every College Students Should Read

here I have collected best books for college students

Someone said-“Books are the best friend of a student”. When you read a book you become one of the characters of that book.

If you are like me who loves to read books, then I have brought you the 11 best books for college students. So if you’re a college student or about to move to college then don’t deprive to read these books.

Because the books for college students that I going to list here will teach you many lessons that your professor might teach in college. Every book has a different purpose that may change your life.

Before we get going on our list let me first tell you, Most of the books I have read already in my college days, and those that I haven’t read yet are based on my research here. So reading any book not gonna waste your time and money.

Read also: 11 Useful things that college students can use

So without further ado let’s dive into it…

11 Books for college students:

1: How To Win At College

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This book is written by Cal Newport, the founder of the Study hacks blog and the author of many other amazing books for students.

This book is a complete guide on how you should live and maintain yourself in college and study effectively in college with 75 rules.

Some tips from this book that will inspire you to read:

  • Make a habit to read newspapers or magzines
  • Instead of studying in room and keep distracting, study in a library
  • Balance your study and friendship
  • Laugh every day and don’t take any kind stress
  • Make long time goals and always attend guest lectures in college
  • Do one thing better than anyone else

I can summarize this book more but I want you to read this book and get most of it. It’s one of the best books for those who have lack direction in college.

2: 10 Steps Of Earning Awesome Grades

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This book is written by Thomas Frank who is the founder of Collegeinfogreek. It’s one of the best books that I read in my college days.

Well, this article is all about books for college students but I would recommend it to all students who want to earn awesome grades whether they study in college or school.

Here are the 10 steps of earning awesome grades:

  • Pay better attention in class
  • Take more effective notes
  • Get more out of your textbooks
  • Plan like a general
  • Build a better study environment
  • Fight entropy and stay organized
  • Defeat Procrastination
  • Study smarter
  • Write better papers
  • Make group projects suck less

The best part of this book it’s not just talking about theory it will also give you many tools ideas that can boost your study performance. So must read this book.

3: How To Win Friends And Influence People

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The book is written by Dale Carnegie, one of the best Americans writers.

This book does not help you with the study and grades in college, but I am sure it must be helpful for your college life or maybe can change your life.

This book can teach you how to make good friends in college, how to influence people by your way of talking, and how to make a healthy relationship with anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re introverted or extroverted.

If I talk about the principles that I adopt from this books are:

  • Be genuinely interested in other people
  • Don’t just talk about yourself, be a good listener also. Encourage others to talk about themselve
  • Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely. Appeciate them even for a little help
  • The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it
  • Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view

And many more but I can’t make this article too long. So, I must suggest you read this book and see how it can change your life.

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you".

4: Deep Work

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This book is also written by Cal Newport. And just like the book how to win at college I must say every college student should read this book. Because in students’ life distraction is very common, they can’t stay focused in their studies in this distraction world.

But it’s not limited to college students only, any less productive person, can’t give their best in their work and can’t stay focused this book is written for that person.

The four best lessons from this book that can impact your life:

  • Work deeply (with practical tips)
  • Embrace boredom
  • Quit social media
  • Drain shallow works

Many people can give you suggestions to do these things but I am sure the way the Cal represents facts and benefits of deep work as compare to shallow work no one can do it.

The author clearly says in this book, Deep Work is a time taking process, you can’t expect just after reading this book you will be able to do deep work and apply all rules in your life. So read this book you will see the changes slowly and steadily.

Even just because of this book now I’m able to manage my time and avoid social media.

5: The Naked Roommate

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This book is written by Harlan Cohen and is one of the best books for college students that I found before my college. And I must recommend this book to those students who are about to move to college.

This book is a go-to guide for your very best college experience begins with ‘Arriving on Campus’ and ends with ‘It’s Almost Time to Say Goodbye’. If you’ve never stepped out of the comfortable confines of your home then this book can teach you many lessons.

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, this book is your behind-the-scenes look at everything you need to know about college. This book is based on real-life advice on everything from making friends to managing stress.

I’m sure you must enjoy this book while reading.

6: The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

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Joseph Murphy wrote this wonderful book, and you’ll be shocked to know I have read this book 3 times.

Just like before this book is not based on college life but all college students should read this book and know all about what their minds can do.

We all know what is Conscious and Subconscious minds are. But to get to know exactly the power of the subconscious and what it can do, how to activate and control the subconscious mind, you should read this book.

If once you read this book, you must control and activate your subconscious mind whenever you want, not much but better than nothing.

And for a mature student, it is a required skill to learn how to use your subconscious mind in the right way. So must read this book.

7: To Kill A Mocking Bird

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This is not a book, it’s actually a novel written by Harper Lee.


To be honest I haven’t read this yet but after researching deep I added it to the best books for college students list.

Again this is not related to college life, study tips, and all but I must say this novel can give you the best moral lessons that you might get in college.

After reading the summary and so many reviews I got the best lesson that will inspire also you to read this novel.

  • You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around it.

In this novel, a daughter grabs so many life lessons from his father like; doing the moral thing is not always an easy or popular, or safe thing to do. Everybody deserves to be treated with dignity and to receive justice, no matter what their skin color.

8: How To Become A Straight-A Student

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Again this book is written by Cal Newport. And this is one of the best books for college students who want to study smarter, not harder.

You see having too much fun in college most of the students can’t give sufficient time to their studies and they cram and study all night before exams.

And you too know cramming doesn’t work and a good student would never want to cram. Even no one but they do. So if you are among those students who don’t want to cram, this book is written for you.

Where Cal guides on every step about how you should study smarter not harder and save a lot of time for fun.

Here are the skills that you’ll learn after reading this awesome book

 • Streamline and maximize your study time
 • Conquer procrastination
 • Absorb the material quickly and effectively
 • Know which reading assignments are critical—and which are not
 • Target the paper topics that wow, professors
 • Provide A+ answers on exams
 • Write stellar prose without the agony

9: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

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This book is also written by Cal Newport and every college student should this book who can’t find their passion.

Before reading this book, I was in believe that if you are doing something that you really passionate about you will live happily. But this book proved me wrong. I wish if I could read it before my college.

According to the book, every person chases their passion and wants to do what they are passionate about but the sad truth is you can’t get happiness and the life you dream with having a passion only.

Cal Newport’s clearly written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person’s talent and skill – and not necessarily their passion – that determines their career path.

That’s why this book says be so good they can’t ignore you. And in my opinion, it’s one of the best books for college students who are finding their passion or passionate about something.

This book gives you 4 golden rules that you should apply to your life:

  • Don’t follow your passion (with practical examples)
  • Be so good they can’t ignore
  • Turn down a promotion (Build your career capital)
  • Think small, act big with having a mission

10: 1001 Things Every College Students Need To Know

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This book is written by Harry H Harrison Jr. who is a bestselling writer with more than 3.5 million books in print.

Although I didn’t read this book, as the name sounds, and after reading many reviews I found this book is very helpful for students that’s why I add it to my list of best books for college students.

This book is completely based on college life. The author provides practical advice ranging from classroom enrollment, living on campus, study habits, and more, that every student and parent will benefit from.

This book is written for you if you need a little wisdom about:

  • Financial advice while attending school
  • Handling parental expectations and being away from home
  • Taking care of your mental health and maintaining your faith
  • Taking and mastering multiple choice tests
  • Creating healthy relationships with your professors
  • Selecting classes, surviving campus life, and writing a college paper
  • Participating in groups and handling various personality type

11: Rich Dad and Poor Dad

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This book is written by Robert T. Kiyosaki who is an American businessman and a great author. This is the best book I have ever read.

This book is not based on college life and study guides. The reason why I choose this book for students is many students in college focus only on their studies to get a high-paying job. And for them, this book is a complete guide with practical examples to change their mindset.

In this book, you will get those skills that you’ll never get in your college. The college will educate you to get a high-paying job but not teach you how to make money which is so important skill. And I want you to grab these skills in your college days.

I can tell you many lessons from this that I have grabbed. But until you’ll read this book you can’t get most of it.

My views and point:

So in this article, I have listed the best 11 books for college students that every college student should read. I accept not all books are based on college life and study guides but useful for all students who love reading books and need a direction.

Now I want to hear from you:

Which book have you read already and which book did you find most useful? (Although all books are useful for college students and you should read all)

Let me know in the comment, I am curious.

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