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Top Eight Books I’d Recommend to Grad Students Who Have No Time To Read

Links go to a full review of each book if you want more information about these great reads!


1. Divergent Veronica Roth  –
Though the novel is chunky, there is so much action here that readers won’t be able to put it down. Plus, grad students can pretend the programs in their department are like the factions in the novel (and we’re all initiates!).

I always sort of judge covers where the author's name is bigger than the title.

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
Some relationships are even more messed up than a grad student’s relationship with her own life choices. There’s also a high chance that your classmates have read this book, too, so you can chat about it and sound like you read more than you do.


3. Maus by Art Spiegelman  –
It’s a fascinating graphic novel about the Holocaust. But it’s also a Pulitzer-winning novel…with pictures. You can’t lie that that doesn’t count for something.

ready player one

4. Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline –
If you don’t have time to play video games, you can at least read a book about video games. And, seriously, this book is unputdownable.

the testing

5. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau 
Three reasons. One, it’s pretty short and a fast read. Two, it’s like The Hunger Games, and you’ll be able to like it before it’s mainstream. Three, it’s a gentle reminder that at least no one DIES in your exams in grad school. So look on the bright side and buck up!

losing it cora

6. Losing It by Cora Carmack  
Sleeping with undergrads is generally frowned upon (and made fun of), but one can live the fantasy via a romance novel, yes?

I like the simplicity of this cover, it's what drew me in.

7.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell –
I’m telling everyone that if they only read ONE YA novel this year, Eleanor & Park is it, hands down. It’s the most adorable, heart-warming, honest YA romance/contemporary I’ve read.

will grayson

8. Will Grayson, WIll Grayson by John Green and David Levithan –
There needs to be a John Green novel on this list. There needs to be a David Levithan novel on this list. Save time and read a book coauthored by both!

Which books do you recommend for grad students pressed for time?


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