5 Must-Read Books Before College

Once you get to college, the required reading is more than you have ever had to deal with, so there’s not much time to read for fun, or you might just be sick of reading all together. So before you get to college, there are a few books you should familiarize yourself with.

Curl up with a couple of these great reads:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell: 1984 is simply a classic. This book is often required reading in high schools, but if you haven’t read it, it’s a must-read. The book details a totalitarian world plagued by societal mind-control, war and governmental surveillance. Possibly the most interesting aspect of this novel is that Orwell predicted the future of a similar society to the actual year 1984, forty years before it happened. While his predictions were a little extreme and didn’t pan out perfectly, he wasn’t far off. 1984 is a great Cold-War era novel with excellent commentary on socialism and society’s problems. Give it a try.
  2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky: Another classic frequently found in high school required reading, Crime and Punishment is an excellent tale of mental and moral dilemmas. Not to be cynical, but if you can get through Crime and Punishment, you can get through any college reading. Crime and Punishment is rooted in Russian philosophy and history and the difficulty of this book will adequately prepare for college-level reading if you are not yet prepared.
  3. The Turn of The Screw by Henry James: This 19th century ghost story is a classic thriller. Will it make you shriek as you read? Probably not, but the underlying concepts create an eeriness that cannot be ignored. To couple this great novel, also watch The Others, the movie based on the book. The Turn of The Screw is a fun, chilling read to get under your belt before your college career is consumed by textbook assignments.
  4. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom: This is one of my favorite books of all time. This non-fiction novel is a tale of friendship and hope. Albom begins visiting his old college professor Morrie Schwartz, who suffers from ALS. They cultivate a new adult relationship and build a friendship full of life lessons learned along the way. Tuesdays With Morrie also speaks to the importance of getting to know your professors. You never know what life-long connections you may make by attending office hours and what life lessons you can take away from people with great wisdom.
  5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne: College is a life-changing experience in many ways and the stresses that come along with it can be altering as well. This self-help book teaches you how positive thinking can result in life-changing wealth, health and happiness. Developing an attitude much like the one described in The Secret is a great start to transitioning into college.

So while you still have some time on your hands not consumed by your textbooks, give these classic reads a try, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for thecollegehelper.com, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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