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5 Books Every College Student Should Read This Summer

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Summer is here! And while college students don’t get “summer reading lists” to complete by the beginning of the next school year, summer break is a great time to catch up on reading and keep our brains sharp!

Every liberal arts program across SUNY probably has a reading requirement, but if you’re looking to learn, be inspired, or just pass the time, here are five books you should pick up, check out, or download this summer:



Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs has been regarded as one of the most influential people of the millennium, and his story is told very openly in this biography by Isaacson. His intense personality is unvarnishedly portrayed, offering important lessons about taking risks, running a business, and overcoming life’s challenges.



Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tiny Fey’s memoir is not only hilarious, but comforting. Providing readers with insight about how our awkward years don’t last forever, Fey’s humble beginnings on her path towards fame are actually pretty relatable.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
I re-read this book at least once a year. It’s a beautifully written story about a young man on a quest and who finds his treasure within himself. I draw so much inspiration from this book because of the empowerment it gives readers. The moral of its story: work hard, have faith, and believe that your dreams will come true.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
This isn’t just a book for women. Although it discusses the challenges that women face in the workplace, it also addresses the need for men to participate in the conversation. When women succeed, society succeeds, and organizations perform better overall. A win-win-win for everyone!
Katie Couric - The Best Advice I Ever Got
The Best Advice I’ve Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric
This book compiles essays from some of the most successful people in politics, entertainment, business, sports, and the arts – including Ryan Seacrest, Michael Bloomberg, Beyonce, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Brees and Meryl Streep – to share with readers some of the best advice they’ve ever received and how they overcame challenges on their path to success.


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Lesley Adewunmi

Written by Lesley Adewunmi

Lesley is a former graduate student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York. She earned a Master's in Public Administration at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College in Albany, NY in spring 2014.




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  • Joshua S says:

    I think Jeremiah’s Ghost by Isaac Constantine would make a really good read for college students. The story focuses a lot on Jeremiah’s experimental college years and generally has a lot of themes that would definitely be easy to relate to. This was probably my favorite read of the year in fiction and I just can not recommend it highly enough. A a debut novel, it’s unbelievably good.

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  • Clara Muthoni says:

    Love Does by Bob Goff

  • 1421art says:

    You forgot Free Will Positive Moment by Mike Becker.

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