Great Books for Students That Are Not Assigned Reading

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Great books for students that aren’t assigned reading

As fall semester gets into full swing, assigned readings are a back-to-school essential for every student. In case you’re stuck with a ton of dense, boring reads this semester, here’s a list of timeless books to switch up your weekly reads.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson 

Back to School books to add to your TBR list The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

You’ve undoubtedly seen this striking orange book cover with an even snazzier title. It’s one of those books that everyone needs to read at least once, or at multiple stages in their life. Mark Manson invites his readers to understand and embrace the nuances and paradoxes of life, and most importantly being comfortable with being uncomfortable.  

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight  

Back to School books to add to your TBR list - Shoe Dog

Love your new Nike Air Max 1s? Ever wondered how Nike became a household staple across the world? Read how Phil Knight took Nike from a small startup to a billion dollar corporation. You’ll also get business inspiration and tips.  

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg

Back to School books to add to your TBR list The Go-Giver

Another business-centric book, The Go-Giver is an enlightening read that explains how business success and self-growth go hand in hand. Spoiler alert: giving is better than receiving. 

Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

Back to School books to add to your TBR list Funny Boy

A great-reads list wouldn’t be complete without a coming-of-age novel. Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy is a thrilling and honest exploration of a young boy’s sexuality amid political chaos and ethnic clashes in Sri Lanka. 

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Back to School books to add to your TBR list  Beloved

Okay, this one’s probably an assigned reading at most schools and colleges (as it should be!), but it’s non-negotiable to have this on our list. Beloved is an incredibly powerful book that underscores how slavery tainted America’s past and seeped into the present.   

The Help by Kathryn Stockett 

Back to School books to add to your TBR list  The Help

Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, The Help captures the reality of many Black Americans at the time in the most witty and eye-opening capacity. The story centers around resilience, hope and camaraderie that traverses racial boundaries in the most enthralling capacity.

Whether you’re on a flight back home from college or putting off an assignment, these books are a must-read before you graduate!

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