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10 Best Books for Summer Reading for University Students

For college students all over the world, the end of the school year is an indication of a break from the intense quizzes, research papers, assignments, and tests. By this time, students are longing to break from this routine that is physically and emotionally exhausting and get in the fun mode with beach trips, summer breezes, beach trips, enjoying time with friends and many more fun activities. But fun also means getting loads of summer reading.

We have rounded 10 of the best books for reading during summer.

  • I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson

    Nelson brings out a story that is focused on philosophical themes, magical realism, and relationship issues. Noah, a thirteen-year-old and his twin sister, Jude are very close until their mother announces that their departed grandmother's ghost wants them to go to school to discover their passion. The story is thrilling enough to keep you reading.

  • Undertow - Michael Buckley

    With a combination of unique themes such as those in Twilight and The 5th Wave, this romantic fantasy features engaging action and adventure to balance the burning romance which makes it a perfect choice for college students who love reading.

  • The Color Purple - Alice Walker

    The book focuses on critical female issues especially the black women rights in the southern US. It addresses the characters that are regarded as a low position in the American social culture. It uses perfect Black English that is quite informative.

  • An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

    The fantasy novel follows two characters. Laia, a scholar and regarded as of the lower class, and Elias an elite military student and a rising star. Surprisingly despite their different social class, they seem to have a lot in common that they know and together they start a revolution.

  • Robert Renteria

    This book upholds dedication, hard work, and education as the ingredients for success. This inspires students to do all their best in school, do a lot at home, know whether they're hanging with the right group, aim for higher goals, and believe in their dreams. It also encourages to be business owners and have the art of giving back to others.

  • House Rules - Jodi Picoult

    Jodi's fantasy story is about Jacob, a teenage boy suffering from Asperger's syndrome. It becomes hard for him to express himself to others which render him hopeless. This story shows what it means to be different in the society and encourages those with Asperger's to be strong and accept their condition.

  • Bluefish - Pat Schmatz

    In this story, Travis is missing Rosco, his old hound who is back in their home country. The book focuses on the benefits of literacy and having teachers who can mentor and take an interest in ensuring students get the right education despite the obstacles they may face along the way.

  • Raising Stony Mayhall - Daryl Gregory

    The story is full of thrilling incidences where Wanda and her three young daughters come across a mother after the first zombie attack in 1968. The woman is holding a baby who is not breathing because of the stone cold condition. The book discusses the idea of "fitting in" and how it feels to be an outsider.

  • Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

    The fictional story talks about the World War II experiences specifically the firebombing that occurred in 1945 by Allied forces. At the time, Vonnegut was just a prisoner of war. It's a thrilling book that allows the students to know what happened during the World War.

  • The Big Sea - Langston Hughes

    This book is a memoir of Hughes early experiences and inventions structured in short essays. He explores his early life giving a detailed piece on how it was being brought up in an African-American environment. He further talks about the chronicles of his personal discoveries which is interesting.

In the end, the trick is to find a book that is engaging and provide educational value with a focus on culture, feminism, self-discovery, political activism, and social values. With this list, you will have all you need to add value to yourself and get more knowledge this summer.


Thank you to the staff at Learning Express for their generous donation of new children's books. Also thank you to the anonymous donor who left so many excellent children's books outside our door.

A Big thank you to Sarah Lamirande for her donation of brand new VHS tape rewinders and a box of thermal paper rolls for our receipt printer!!
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