The Ultimate Reading List for Students

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Want to start reading but don’t know where to start? Or you wish to get the essential reads for every college student down pat? We make things easier for you by listing 12 books that every young adult must read. These books will make you laugh, cry and help you grow as a person.

  1. Seize the Day, Saul Bellow: This is a gripping story of a son grappling with his love and hate for an unworthy father.
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  2. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury: The book is set in a futuristic society where reading is a crime and firemen burn books. What could be more fascinating?
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  3. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath: Banned for its controversial content, this is a heart-wrenching story of a young woman’s descent into madness.
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  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou: The African-American author beautifully traces her coming of age.
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  5. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller: This is the tragic story of a typical American who is forced to face disillusionment and disappointment.
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  6. Complete Poems, John Keats: Keats was a poetic genius who died young. His poems are totally worth devouring.
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  7. The Colour Purple, Alice Walker: Thinking of herself as property, a young women learns her own value when another woman teaches her about it.
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  8. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevski: A poor student murders an old pawnbroker and her sister. This is a gripping, psychological read.
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  9. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse: A young Brahmin gives up worldly pleasures and ascends to a state of peace and holiness.
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  10. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley: This is a bitter satire, and an intriguing read about a future controlled by advances in science and social changes.
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  11. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque: This is a gruesome story of a young German soldier in World War I, as he faces shellfire, hunger, sickness and death.
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  12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey: This book illustrates the power struggle between the head nurse and a male patient in a mental institution.
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