Top 5 books college students read

Evergreen Books Every College Student Should Read

What value can we find in the 5 most read books by college students?

Nowadays, in the age of social media, humans read more than ever before in human history. Unfortunately, that reading amounts to consuming short bursts of text that rarely imparts any lasting value on the reader. Moreover, this new trend of reading messages, tweets, comments, and reactions created a habit that is detrimental to more absorbed reading sessions. You may have noticed this already; people go on dates and watch movies, yet they still stare at their phones.

Reading a book is a commitment, which puts it outside of modern trends. It is more likely that people have read a title of the book and then pretend to have read the book itself. Ones that are not as deceitful, will settle for reading the reviews of the book instead of the book itself. With this in mind, you would do well for yourself if you start reading serious books, while all other people surrounding you focus on their smartphone’s dopamine hits. By reading a book, you will:

  • Improve your focus discipline.
  • Expand your vocabulary.
  • Improve your mental mapping and other cognitive skills.
  • Improve your grammar and syntax.
  • Never be bored again.

College must-read books are plentiful, but some are more evergreen and pertinent than others. Here are the top 5 book picks every college student should read, at least once.

  • A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This book is more relevant than ever. It depicts a state of dystopia, but one that is occurring in the world right now. Called “negative utopiaâ€, the author depicts the world of totalitarianism which relies on making people happy and sedated with consumption while stripping away their freedoms and individuality. Sounds familiar?

Brave New World speaks truth to power, which is why it is under a continuous assault by censors all over the world since it was first published in 1932, mainly under the pretense of portraying casual sex and mocking religion.

  • 1984 by George Orwell

This book depicts a different kind of dystopia, one that is not so subtle and with which we are more familiar when we view other historical nations. 1984 is a world of inversions, in which all history is falsified and manufactured. In such a world, an individual serves merely to feed the totalitarian state, in a world fractured between three totalitarian nations. In reality, to closest equivalent to it would be the current North Korean regime, or the past Soviet and communist Chinese regimes, especially during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This is as evergreen content as you can possibly imagine. Masterfully written, this book delves deep into the human psyche, gripping the reader as the internal turmoil of a student who kills his pawnbroker unravels. You would think the topic of the book is about one thing, but it is about everything. There is no moral line and emotion not touched by this master piece.

  • From Plato to Postmodernism by Greg Johnson

There are books people have to read in college, and there are books people wish they have read in college. This book exemplifies the latter. The subject of history is often incoherent and dispersed. It is difficult to grasp how and why everything occurred, and how everything relates to each other. To clear such fog, there is no better read than From Plato to Postmodernism.

  • The Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspall

Disturbingly accurate and predictive, this dystopian fiction depicts a future in which the Western civilization succumbs to decadence and corrosion of identity and moral values. As such, the European people responsible for creating the modern world, with all its medicine, science, law, and philosophy, find themselves under siege.