Best Fiction and Non-Fiction Books That Every Student Should Read

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Most of the students search for the best books for students which will magically improve your life. But it will be disheartening to hear that this is like saying a concrete path to success which is not possible in this universe where you will find a myriad of fellas and their own success stories, each different and unique in their ways. Hence, there is no ready-made perfect list you can follow to succeed in life, and you will have to deep dive into your books yourself (Sorry! No shortcut on that!). 

Let’s first take a look at non-fiction books; then, we will move towards fiction ones.


For students, non-fiction books play a very important part in their life as they tell the truth most straightforwardly without any twists and turns. The non-fiction genre of books will show you the reality and help you achieve your goals by guiding you through difficult times. In addition, these books will display to you the realities of life and the stories of other successful people, which can inspire you and help you achieve great things in life. 

The last lecture – by Randy Pausch

It is the book which will go straight to your favourite shelf, as most people claim.  

A lot of teachers and professors give talks titled ”The Last Lecture. Professors are asked to consider their retirement from teaching and ruminate on what matters most to them: What wisdom would they impart to the world if they knew it was their last chance? If they had to vanish tomorrow, what would they want as their legacy?

It is a true story where Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to lecture. Unfortunately, he was recently diagnosed with cancer. But the lecture he gave was far away from dying and ”Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” 

This book will make you learn how to overcome obstacles, achieve your dreams, and seize every moment. It will make you realise the grave importance of time and that you are left with very little time to waste on unnecessary things. This book is about hope and living.

The Secret – by Rhonda Byrne 

This book was preceded by a ground-breaking feature-length film that revealed the great mystery of the universe —The Secret.

The Secret comes together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it. You need to read this book slowly and let it settle within you. You need to savour this book and know how the universe works from a very different perspective.  

The major learnings from the book are that you will learn how to use “the secret” not just in one aspect but every aspect of your life—money, relationships, health, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You will understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you. This revelation will help you bring joy to every aspect of your life.

Tuesdays with Morrie – by Mitch Albom

There is always someone, maybe a teacher, parent, grandparent, who is wise enough and assist them in understanding the true meaning of life and help them make their way through difficulties in everyone’s life. 

For the author, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you also lost track of your mentors as you made your way, and the useful insights faded with time. So, wouldn’t you like to meet that person again, throw him some questions? I guess the answer is obvious. And the answer is yes. 

Mitch Albom had that second chance, and he utilised that. As a result, he rediscovered Morrie in the last phase of his life. Once he realised that he was dying of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a motor neurone disease, Mitch visited Morrie in his study, just as they used to meet back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ”class”: lessons in how to live. These lessons will help you make your life better and live a happy life.

The 4-hour workweek – by Tim Ferriss

The book’s major highlight concerns time management and some important tips on how to avoid being such a fool at work. He believes that time management is closely associated with the problem itself. In addition, Tim gives great advice on work-life balance. He guides about how to make yourself valuable and productive enough to negotiate a better work-life balance.


Some people believe that fiction is more powerful and profound than non-fiction. It might be true as we, the human race, have all been storytellers since the ages, and we have survived on stories. In addition, fiction plays an important role in delivering messages to people when their analytical and logical mind is off. So, let’s read great fiction stories once again and learn lessons from them too.

This Side of Paradise – by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Every student should read this book before graduating. It is a romantic and witty novel, and it was written when the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was only twenty-three years old. This book is about handsome and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine who received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. It offers a poignant portrait of the “Lost Generation”, a term used for American writers. These writers established their literary reputations during World War I.

One Hundred Years of Solitude – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Columbian Novelist and is one of those writers you must read once in your life. If you’ve read this book, it will become a symbol of flaunting for you as it will display your reading prowess and intellectual understanding. In addition, by reading Gabriel, you will get some highbrow cachet you don’t get from reading someone like Stephen King or Clive Barker.

It is a brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family and chronicles the conflict between the need for love and the desire for solitude—in imaginative prose that defines an entire genre known as “magical realism.”

The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho 

It is an enchanting fiction novel. The story revolves around a boy who travels from Spain to Egypt searching for a treasure buried near the Pyramids. In his journey to explore the treasure, he meets many people who assist him reach his destination. But on his journey, he finds treasure within himself. 

The story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the dreams transforming power and the importance of listening to our hearts. It is a deeply humane book, and you should read it to understand how the fight to tackle obstacles becomes easier when your vision is clear in front of you.

The Fountainhead – by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead is the most philosophical book you will ever read. It can be classified as one of the best books for students. Though it is fiction, it is such a thriller you will be amazed to read it and grasp all the lessons it’ll give you on a platter. It’s an interesting story of a young architect named Howard Roark and Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately. The author, in this book, will provide you with a lesson that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress. This book has achieved several accolades since the time it was published. 


Thus, it’s advised to read all these books to evolve into your best version. It will also help in making the best use of your time and abilities. Both fiction and non-fiction play an important part in today’s world. Both these genres will help you teach some lessons that will help you succeed in every sphere of life. Reading textbooks will help you gain theoretical knowledge but reading these books will help you gain experiential knowledge. Thus, both textbook knowledge and reading these books have their place, and students need to focus on both.