Summer Reading You Wish Was Required

Where To Start With This Summer's Un-required Reading?
 Where To Start With This Summer's Un-required Reading?

College is a fabulous academic period where all of your classes in a semester start and finish within a couple of months -- and then no strings attached. You’re off for the summer, with no required reading, summer homework, tests or projects due. So how do you spend your time? Reading what you’re interested in, consuming the content you want, and bingeing on whatever suits your fancy.

Need a place to start? Try GreekRank’s list of recommended reading!

“Deep Work” by Cal Newport

This book will help you rethink how you work and study. Newport prescribes blocks of deep work -- large chunks of focused, uninterrupted time for critical thinking projects -- as the surest way to get good work done.

“How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

This one’s on the list not because it’s on every list, but because it’s one of the most relevant titles now that our eyes are glued to screens and our relationships are suffering.

“13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

Only because you’ve binge-watched the episodes on Netflix, you can’t get enough, and you didn’t realize it was all based around this novel by Jay Asher.

“The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business” by Charles Duhigg  

Pulitzer-prize winning author Charles Duhigg doesn’t just tell you how to break bad habits, but how you managed to form them to begin with -- and keep them. The book delves into the science behind habit that will keep you questioning every action you once did automatically.

“Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami

A beautifully written novel where a burgeoning young adult, Toru Watanabe, looks back on his days as a college student living in Tokyo, and his romances with two very different women.

“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss

Take Tim up on most of the time management advice he offers in this one, barring perhaps the suggestion to outsource a personal assistant from India. Unless you’re really that busy.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

Another fan favorite on every to-read list, this one by Covey discusses the most effective ways to become an influential, compassionate, and effective leader.

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain

Connect with your inner child and remember what it was like to be a kid again by reading one of Twain’s adventures of Tom and Huck Finn.



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