6 books every college student should read (even if they’re not assigned in class)

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If you’re not someone who loves reading, chances are you’re rolling your eyes right now. The thought of having to read more than you already do in school? You’re probably saying, “No, thanks.” But hear me out. Reading really does have a way of opening your eyes and stretching your mind in a way no Netflix series ever could.

And hey, if you really can’t handle cracking open any book that isn’t required in a class, how about an audiobook? All you have to do is listen, and the words of some of the world’s best authors will transport you. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to listen to via Audible, and right now, they’re offering a free 30-day trial. If you like what you’re hearing, you can upgrade to Audible Premium Plus for $7.95 for your first four months, and then it’s just $14.95 per month after that.

Because you’ll want to make the most of your Audible subscription, you’ll need a bunch of amazing books in your queue, so there’s always a new waiting for you to start. Below, you’ll find six incredible “reads” that are worth your time, and that will help you unlock all Audible has to offer.

1. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston.

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Narrated by actress Ming-Na, The Woman Warrior is an autobiographical book by Maxine Hong Kingston. In it, she shares her experience as a child of Chinese immigrants growing up in the mid-1900s in California.

2. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

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There are so many noteworthy James Baldwin books to choose from; you really can’t go wrong. The Fire Next Time is especially poignant as it explores what happens when racial inequalities and injustices are left unchecked.

3. Iliad & Odyssey by Homer.

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The classics by Homer are probably best consumed via audiobook because they’re both quite long. That said, once the stories get going you won’t be able to stop listening.

4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

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This highly celebrated work by Junot Diaz, Dominican American author, beautifully captures and illustrates one young boy’s experience growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Be on the lookout for elements of magic realism and references to science fiction woven throughout the text.

5. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko.

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Many college curriculums still don’t include works by Native American authors, so make it your business to listen to Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. The book deals with difficult issues but tells a story that everyone should hear.

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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Last but not least, you just need to know this classic by Jane Austen. Even if you’ve watched the movie, listening to the original Pride and Prejudice, as it was written, is thoroughly enjoyable.

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