As some of you might have already guessed or read in my previous blogs I’m a college student and as a college student I like to read contemporary books that talk about college life. Now, not all college life books are that interesting because they remind me about how miserable my college life is most of the time so I tend to hate those, but there are some books that are just perfect.
There have only been a few books that have touched me not just because of how realistic they are, but because they make me feel like college life could be and has in certain aspects been like the story I’m reading. For that very reason I want to share those books with you, maybe they’ll help you see that college is not that scary or maybe one of them helped you survive college like it did for me.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
When I first read this book I was about to transfer colleges and it was scary. Scared to move to a new town and a new bigger school with different people, it was terrifying. Fangirl came to me in a desperate time and it helped a lot. It’s one of the cutest love and coming of age stories I have ever read. Fangirl clearly and realistically describes what college life is for a girl that likes to read and to keep to herself. If you have not read this book yet, you have to get on it now and fall in love with it just like I did.
Make it Count by Megan Erickson
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.
This book showed me that college might be hard and even though we think we have to act a certain way there is always a something or someone who comes along and makes us see what mistakes we are making. With this book I discover self-growth and how important it is to learn from the mistakes we make when we listen to everybody else instead of our inner selves.
Wait for you by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…
Okay this book didn’t really teach me anything aside from letting people in and overcoming trust issues. What I like most about this book is how the romance developed. It just made me love the romance and made me think that I could find a guy like Cam. It’s just a great contemporary romance to binge on whenever you feel like college is going south, so yeah go read it.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
I know, I know you might be thinking, another Rainbow Rowell? What can I say? I love her books. This book it’s label as ‘adult’ but most of it is about how Georgie and Neal spend their college years falling for each other. This book was a fun read that showed me how college is not only about finding who you are and what we want to be when we ‘grow up’. This book was about self-growth as well as how life is a constant battle and love is something that needs to be something you fight for every day.
There are many other college setting books that I’ve read and like, but the ones that have stuck to me the most are these four. Something about them makes my college experience feel great, having them as ‘part of my life’ has help make these years easier to handle. What books got you through school?