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Recommended reading list for college bookworms

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Jacqueline Morales

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As a college student, have you ever put off reading books for something more exciting? Or maybe you have not come upon a good read in a while and you’re feeling nostalgic? Maybe you just need to restock your bookshelf.

Whatever the reason may be, you are reading the right column.

According to a recent study by Julie Gilbert and Barbara Fister from College and Research Libraries, reading for pleasure has been associated with creativity and with improved academic achievement. Some argue that reading literature achieves many of the goals of liberal education and can have a profound effect on people’s lives.

After researching college reading trends, here’s a list of recommended books, sorted by genre.

Thriller: Long way down by Jason Reynolds

Religion: The College Girls Survival Guide by Hanna Seymour

Romance: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Biography: Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Memoir: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

Novel: Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Non-Fiction: Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

Mystery: Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng

Historical Fiction: The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

Fiction: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

Science Fiction: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Jacqueline Morales can be reached at [email protected] or @jackie_theorion on Twitter.

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