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9 Must-reads for students

9 Must-reads for students

"Reading? Are people still doing that?" ABSOLUTELY. Reading is more popular than ever among adolescents . Due to the increasing pressure of maintaining your grades, social life, work, sports, family and your sleep rhythm, the body's demand for relaxation is increasing. Modern man has a huge pressure of performance and unfortunately, that is often accompanied by fatigue.

It is important that you give your body the rest it deserves. Reading is a great tool for this. Open your favorite book and enjoy the written piece of art, with nothing at all on your mind. Only you, a book and a nice cup of tea. Still uncertain which books to start with? Don’t panic! Just sit back and read this blog. We will randomly discuss 9 books that you must have read as a student!

1. The subtle art of NOT GIVING A F*CK – Mark Manson

Let's kick things off with probably one of the most controversial books of this list. This book, written by Mark Manson, is a bestseller and describes the illusion that is life in which the modern man currently lives. Manson shows the reader that most of the problems and 'struggles' of life aren't roadblocks, but actually opportunities that we can learn and grow from. You are encouraged to embrace the imperfections that you have to become who you truly are, instead of pretending to have the perfect life.  

Everybody on Instagram posts the perfect picture, on the perfect spot, in a country that is always sunny and warm. Meanwhile, while sitting at home with soda and ice cream you are confronted by this far-from-standard ideal. Seeing this, you probably are reconsidering your life choices. The thing is: You shouldn't! Everybody has their problems and tries to cover it up with illusions of having the perfect life. According to Manson, all those depictions of the perfect life are actually a portret of the perfect lie to which you should nog give a damn about. It is YOUR life and you should only focus on what makes you happy at this very moment. As a fellow student I can highly recommend this book.

2. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Everybody wants to be happy, right? The writer of this book thought the exact same thing. According to optimists, even if you find yourself happy now and know how to appreciate the little things in life, there is always room for improvement.

Rubin writes about small changes that can be easily implemented in your own life. Even though she describes small changes, the impact they have can be great! It is often the small things that lead to great changes in life. A must read for everybody in the pursuit of happiness. 

3. The Art of War – Sun Tzu

The art of war is a really interesting book, written in 500 B.C. by the Chinese General Tzu. The book tells about the art of acting in times of need and war. The ability to deal with changes and the adaptability of mankind causes us to deal with every situation that may arise.  

Choosing the right strategy is essential in overcoming your opponents. Many programs and employers refer to this book for a reason. It is remarkable that a book that was written over 2500 years ago is still being read. An absolute must-read for you!

4. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a beautiful story with the central theme of the idea that if you really want something, the whole universe will work together to make it possible for you. You just have to learn to see the signs and that means fully opening your soul to magic. Santiago, the protagonist, has to give up everything to follow his personal legend. I don't want to reveal everything, so read this book yourself. As a student you will not regret this!

5. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Spirituality and self-help are central in this book. Tolle tries to make it clear that you are not the same as your thoughts and helps you establish an analytical mind to find true happiness and power in life. 

6. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens of Harari is a masterpiece that portrays the history of humanity. From the stone age, through the industrial revolution to the digital age of today. The evolution of humanity is super interesting and is something that will fascinate you forever.

7. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo

Perhaps the most applicable for us as students; a clean-up book. This book describes the art of organizing your life. Not only cleaning up everything you own, but also giving up what you don't need. The book goes so much further from describing organized life and also goes deeper into the fact that you need to become more aware of what you purchase. Do you really need it? Highly recommended!

8. 10 Tips to Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) – Thomas Frank

This is a must-read book for every student. Doesn't that sound like music to the ears: higher grades, while studying less? In this book, Frank discusses how to use your time effectively so that you can get better grades and spend less time studying. After reading this book and having implemented the tips in your life, you'll get straight As all the time. Go get that bachelor!

9. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

Not a single book, but rather a trilogy, about Sauron and the ring will completely take you  into the magical world of middle-earth. The trilogy is about the fight against evil, friendship, adventure, perseverance and sacrifices. Discover the world of Tolkien and read The Lord of The Rings!

These are 9 books that you should have read as a student. Fiction and non-fiction, whatever you prefer. Reading is fun and helps you relax! On our website you will find all sorts of tips & tricks to get through the heavy life of being a student.