There’s enough that has been said on the importance of reading. We all know how important it is to develop a reading habit early on and the benefits of it. School and college are some of the easiest times to develop this habit and read more. And keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of the best books for students to get you started and help you on your book reading journey. Whether you’re a new reader, a fiction lover, or a voracious reader, you’re sure to find something for yourself here:
Reading books is one of the most fulfilling experiences. So students must not miss out and grab your pick from our list of best books for students. And, if you struggle with reading and maintaining a reading habit, here are some tips for you:
- Start small. Set a goal for just one book every two months.
- Audiobooks. They are a great way to read on the go.
- Kindle: If you can afford one, a kindle is a great investment for reading.
- Make notes. Especially for non-fiction, making notes will help you retain more information.
- Share. Share with your friends and family the kind of books you are reading.
- Build a reading club. Reading clubs are great to keep a bunch of people occupied with reading and discussing books.
- BookTube. Follow some amazing book recommendation channels on social media, especially youtube, to get some solid recommendations and motivation.
Best Books for Students (Non-Fiction)
A Really Short History of Everything by Bill Bryson
As young children, you must have surely heard your parents and elder siblings talk about their encyclopaedias, and now here’s the Gen Z version of it. In this book, Bill Bryson does an excellent job of explaining the entire world history right from the big bang. In this short, simple, and stellar book, he walks you through some amazing discoveries. Overall, this will be a knowledge-filled yet fun book to read.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Habit building and maintaining is a crucial and important life skills. This skill needs to be developed and nurtured in school so that it can stick with you throughout your life. James Clear, through this book, makes habit building a very simple habit. He breaks down habit-building into small, simple steps that one can follow to build a habit. One of the best parts about this book is that the author provides a summary at the end of each chapter, so you can revisit the book at any point in time.
How To Win At College by Cal Newport
Cal Newport’s book is perfect for someone who is just done with school and is about to enter college. Newport discusses some great strategies to do well at college without sacrificing everything. The best part about the book is that it offers practical and doable advice for students and does not set up unrealistic expectations. It provides shortcuts where needed and has a step-by-step guide where required. Newport’s writing is simple and easy to follow. Another book by Cal Newport called “digital minimalism” is great for someone who is addicted to their phones (basically everyone!)
Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
This is another bestseller that is totally worth its hype. You may wonder why you must read about such complex topics in your school life. But reading this book will make you understand the value money holds and how people emotionally react towards it. It will help you shape a healthy perspective about money and make you aware of your relationship with money. The book is written in a simple and easy manner, so you won’t need any prior knowledge to understand it.
How to win friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is a bestseller, and rightfully so. Social skills and networking are never taught in schools. This book is a great guide to it. You will not only learn a new skill that you can use in professional settings but will understand a lot more about human communication and influence. It is also written in a simple and easy language, so it’s perfect for beginner readers.
Best Books For Students (Fiction)
Harry Potter Series By J. K. Rowling
This book series by Rowling has been a significant part of many people’s childhood, and rightly so. More than the message and morals of these books, it’s the writing style that will make you fall in love with reading. It’s a highly engaging book series with in-depth characters, plot, and sub-plots. It also has great life lessons. So, if you’re a new reader or want to get out of a reading slump, this series is something you will surely be hooked to.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book has been a classic for generations now and is surely a must-read for everyone. In this fun book, Kipling tells the story of the relationship between a boy and some beasts. The boy, Mowgli, creatively discovers and lives his life in a jungle with his fun animal friends. This book is a great read for children in middle school.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
This is, undoubtedly, one of the best books for students. And while this is a book that one should read multiple times at different stages in their life, starting at school is the best time. This short novella is a story about an animal farm and the life of animals there. While it seems simple and funny, it does offer many lessons on life, politics, economy, and country. As a school student, you may not understand all the contexts but starting early is vital.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book is a great book to understand empathy and the world. The book explores simple everyday characters in America and analyses their life in a unique way. This book is great to learn more about racism, class struggle, and other world issues. It’s the best book for students to become more compassionate people.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
If you are a college or high school student, chances are you have already seen someone around you read this book. This book by the popular Gen Z author, Sally Rooney, is a great read for anyone who is about to enter college. This book talks about coming of age, friendships, relationships, and the subtle things that affect people. Moreover, the no quotation marks writing style makes it a very unique experience to read.
The importance of reading cannot be overstated. As students, it is imperative that you find time to read at least a few pages (apart from the textbooks, of course!) This will help you by leaps and bounds.