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5 Books Every College Student Should Read Right Now

Zara DeGroot loves the Oxford comma, men in khaki pants, and a full gas tank. She dislikes dog hair on black dresses, her addiction to technology, and the word “loaf”. She is studying Journalism and Business at Colorado State University.

Being forced to read Hamlet and Beowulf (no offense to either) in high school was not the best way to spark the reader in us all. Unless, that is, you enjoyed the likes of good old Billy Shakespeare. However, college is the time to expand your book list.

There is no better joy than diving into a great book, whether that be fiction or autobiographical. I thoroughly enjoy both, so this week I’ve compiled a list of the five books I’ve read recently during my time in college thus far. Most of these are easy reads that I’ve read outside of class. If you find yourself getting bored with perusing the internet and Facebook stalking that preppy, khaki pants boy in your economics class, I encourage you to pick up one of these reads and be entertained by words on a piece of paper.

Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham best books college

Out of all the comedian biographies I’ve read, this one is by far the best. The cream of the crop!!!! I have never related to a book or an author in such a way before, and let me tell you, it was refreshing. Queen Lena racked up some controversy with this book, but hey, it got people talking. Her style of writing is almost poetic. You will be pulled into her experiences and feel like you were there firsthand. If you want to simultaneously laugh, cry, and ponder your own life, this is the book for you.

Yes Please – Amy Poehler

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We loved her on SNL and Parks and Recreation, and we love her even more after reading her memoirs, if that is even possible. Her book proves that she must be a hard person to dislike in real life. Read along for her success tips, awkward celebrity encounters, and great life advice.

Full Frontal Feminism – Jessica Valenti


I was actually assigned this book for my women studies class, but I read it before the semester began. The word “feminism” in the title may scare you, but I encourage you to be open minded. Feminism is a hot topic in the world today and it is good to be educated on what is going on around you. This will probably be the funniest feminist book you will read, and even if you don’t agree with everything in it, it’ll provide you with some entertaining insight into this movement.

Paper Towns – John Green


Paper Towns is my favorite John Green book, and the movie is coming soon! It is a great story about adventure, friendship, and realizing that at the end of the day, people are just people, no matter how much you build a person up in your mind.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

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This is one of my all time favorite books. Junot Diaz is a brilliant author and his writing evokes quite the emotion from his audience. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao documents the tragic events of Oscar Wao’s journey through puberty, something that all of us have dealt with. This book won Diaz a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, among other awards, so it is definitely a must-read.


What are some of the best books you’ve read in college?