Starting college is a huge milestone in anyone’s life. It can be scary, exciting, and challenging all at the same time. As you begin your journey into higher education, you might find solace in reading stories set on a college campus just like yours.
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Enter the campus novel, which typically takes place at a university. Even if you’re not in college yet, you’ll likely recognize the highs and lows of life at any school in these titles. Keep scrolling to see our top five picks.
My Education by Susan Choi
In this subversive tale of seduction, protagonist Regina Gottlieb is not your typical naïve student lured into a romance by a seedy professor. Instead, she passionately pursues her prof’s volatile wife. Talk about scandalous!
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My best book bargain this year was grabbing My Education by Susan Choi on clearance for $1.99. It's the kind of book I love…short on plot, long on meandering character development, young people messing up their lives, rejecting the idea of infatuation/a good marriage as the ultimate goal in life. . . . #bookstagram #bookreview #myeducation #susanchoi #bibliophile #instareads #whatimreading #igreads #readwomen #fiction #pulitzer #books #booklover #booknerd #42
Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser
In this crackling debut novel, the title characters are both art students who are drawn into an intense friendship with each other, complicated by Fran eventually dating one of Paulina’s ex-boyfriends. The story is full of rare insight into the complexities of love, human connection, and obsession.
#Repost @poppylovesbookclub ・・・ New month = new book! 😃 February's book is: Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser Go and grab your copy as we will be discussing the book live online with the author on Wednesday 22 February. 📚🏃🏻♀️ *PRIZE GIVEAWAY* Tag us in your photos showing us where you are reading this month's book! Best photo of the month will be selected and will be sent some goodies in the post! 🎉🤗🎉 #readingtime #reading #bookstagram #instabook #fiction #glaser #paulinaandfran
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
This humorous novel set at a New England liberal arts college dives into the various escapades and entanglements of the university faculty and students, while exploring family dynamics, the institution of marriage, and identity politics.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
This witty, entertaining read is a contemporary take on the college love story, involving a love triangle with Madeleine Hanna, an English major who loves Jane Austen, caught in the middle.
"It wasn't only that this writing seemed beautiful to Madeleine. It wasn't only that these opening sentences of Barthes' made immediate sense… what made Madeleine sit up in bed was something closer to the reason she read books in the first place and had always loved them. Here was a sign that that she wasn't alone. Here was an articulation of what she had been so far mutely feeling. In bed on a Friday night, wearing sweatpants and eating peanut butter from the jar, Madeleine was in a state of extreme solitude." – Jeffrey Eugenides . . . . #jeffreyeugenides #themarriageplot #reading #bookstagram #wordnerd #whyiread
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Led by a charismatic professor, a clique of clever, eccentric students push the boundaries of morality in this epic tome. The resulting story is many things: a murder mystery, an entertaining satire, and a psychological thriller.
Today felt like a cosy sort of day ✨ (which was a shame considering I spent all of it at uni 😝) #thesecrethistory #donnatartt #book #bookstagram #books #bookish #aesthetic #autumn #cosy #decor #fall #glasses #hygge #indie #interiors #literature #minimal #minimalist #minimalism #nature #reading #studyblr #studygram #travel
We can’t even wait for the holidays to get here so we can start tearing through this list!