Five Books to Read Before Heading to College

They say experience is the best teacher, and we think a good book can help open your mind to each new experience you face – like heading off to college! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of books that tackle a variety of themes relatable to the college-bound individual, from love and friendship to facing fears and building a solid future.


1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A thought-provoking read about a dystopian future, this gripping – and somewhat frightening – tale dives into a futuristic society that aims to fulfill all our needs and garner happiness… but there’s something dark about this trivial contentment. It will make you question where you find your own happiness!




2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

More lighthearted than the first read, Fangirl follows main character, Cath, a hardcore fan of a character in a book series. As she heads off to college without the comfort of her sister and her fandom, she must learn to tackle her social anxiety in order to start building her own life.




3. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Kate is uncool and socially awkward while Tully seems to have all the beauty and glamour anyone could want. Somehow, the two manage to build an inseparable bond that survives bumps and turns as they struggle through individual life changes throughout college and their young adult years… but how many struggles can their friendship endure?




4. My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

This inspiring memoir is perfect for someone going through a big life change – such as heading off to college! The book centers around Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do something that scares you every day.” Hancock heeds to this advice over the span of a year and chronicles her journey in this feel-good book.




5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Esther manages to land a highly coveted internship at a prominent magazine in New York City during her time in college – a dream to most! But as college flies by, she begins realizing that she had only been focused on succeeding academically, and that the opportunities presented to her after college just don’t appeal to her.




Have you read any of these books? Let’s discuss! Share your feedback in the comments below, or shoot us a tweet – @bncollege.





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