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17 Books Everyone Should Read In College

We asked the Mud Community which books helped them navigate their college years, and here's what they picked.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

"Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found." – Amazon Books

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

"The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence." – Amazon Books

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

"The instant New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of award-winning essays and stories “sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth.” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

"In this compelling autobiographical account by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most powerful figures, Beals explores not only the power of racism, but also the ideas of justice and identity." – Amazon Books

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s." – Amazon Books

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations by Admiral William H. McRaven

"In this instant New York Times bestseller, the celebrated author of Make Your Bed shares amazing adventure stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces." – Amazon Books

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by