Quality Reads for the Early Learners of Life and Everything in Between
Here are short reviews of the top 7 novels for students that are guaranteed to keep you engrossed on every turn of the page.
When school work is all set, done, and gone, it is about time for students to start dreaming again of the luxury of free time. For book lovers, this means having the endless list of must-read books separate from the usual required school reading and textbooks.
It doesn’t matter if you categorize yourself as one of those hardcore devourers of all literary things that come your way, or the kind that just reads instructions on the box of cereals for your breakfast. In this article, you will find the list of some of the best books that you need to read before you graduate from college.
Well, what you have here is not necessarily a list of the best reads of all time or the most important books that you have to read during your lifetime. Instead, these are some of the books that students might want or should read as they prepare to enter the so-called real world.
Steven Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower
For sure, you have already seen its movie adaptation was released some time back but it recommended that you try to go back and read the book if you haven’t.
This novel by Steven Chbosky tells the story of a teenage boy who struggles with what all teenagers struggle with, from sexuality, to friends, school, relationships, acceptance and drugs, making it a refreshingly unique take on what was supposed to be a well worn topic in literature.
Charlie’s voice, the protagonist is humorous, original and contemplative and this alone already makes this book a worthy read. Aside from that, the plotline in itself is very much relatable but refreshing but not that too clichéd like the rest of the stories of this category.
Being a well-written, original and relatable book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is definitely among the best books that any college student should read.
Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
An author famous for Bel Canto, Ann Patchett has written an equally worthy novel in the form of State of Wonder that makes it one of the best novels for students. This is somewhat a provocative exploration of scientific inquiry and morality and what it really means to love and to be loved.
The story is set in a rainforest in Amazon where Dr. Marina Singh takes on a journey to the unknown for the sake of science and human connection. The descriptions of Patchett bring readers to Amazon’s realm, letting them see this world through an explorer’s eyes as she discovers the difficulties of both love and science.
William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice
While it may be a bit of an overstatement to consider William Styron as one of the century’s most eloquently written authors, reading any passage taken from Sophie’s Choice will make you see the reason behind this acclaim.
The author’s imagery, phrasing and the intricate words is genius and beautiful. That is not to mention that it has a mesmerizing plot in a somewhat disturbed but profound way.
David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day
To describe the writing of Sedaris in a strictly adjectival sense, it’s bitter, witty, brilliant, dark, wry, and unforgiving. His sardonic but completely precise humor makes him as one of the finest comedic short story authors in the United States.
His other novels are also highly recommended because this provides the reader with an ample sampling of his original yet witty writing style.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera
When it comes to love stories, the creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez entitled “Love in the Time of Cholera” is considered as one of the most beautifully written with a plot that’s heart-wrenching and an attachment to the characters, which leaves readers completely attached to their story.
The storytelling of Marquez is unflinchingly brutal, but elegant and beautiful. He also makes you ask the meaning of death, life, and love, and while this will make your head spin, it’s actually a must read for everyone.
Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises
This archetypal novel of Ernest Hemingway is for the Lost Generation. Thought it’s deceptively simple, this novel of Hemingway is actually a magnificent one to read as this one of the great American novels. It is interpreted in completely various ways once you read it again and again.
Therefore, if you have read it once and you hated it, try reading it again. You might have a different view on this novel for the second time and appreciate the evocative and masterful writing of Hemingway.
Edgar Allen Poe’s The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe
The horror genre manifests itself in many several forms such as vampires, zombies, and the supernatural may seem to be the prevailing representations in a lot of movies as well as TV shows these days. But, the absolutely terrifying horror stories are those that remind you that the world is full of horrors.
Edgar Allen Poe will allow you to explore themes including a man’s perpetual endeavor to escape death’s clutches and the dark side of human psyche. While the whole set of “The Collected Works” is a total of thousand pages, reading some of his beautifully crafted short stories is something that everybody must do before their graduation day in college.
There are other novels, best suited for students, you can find out there. These are just some of the few novels that you should not miss. If you haven’t heard of some of these novels, it might be a good time to search for them now, especially if you want to discover more about the various authors renowned all around the world.
You can choose any novel with your favorite genre. Just make sure to choose the ones that will give you moral lessons that you can use to face the reality.
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