23 Books to Read Before College

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College can be a great adventure, and an immense challenge — but getting ready for it is always exciting! From can’t-miss classics like George Orwell’s 1984 to practical nonfiction titles like The Power of Habit, this list contains books every young adult should read before they head off to college. Read on for our list of recommendations, organized by classic novels at the top, followed by modern fiction, and nonfiction at the bottom.