Brace yourself. We’re going to say it.
The end of summer is upon us.
As the fall semester makes its swift approach, and college tours come to an end, it’s high time that you start thinking about books. Not that we ever stop thinking about books around here, but if you’ll be taking in the aroma of fresh-cut college grass soon, we want you to be prepared. Whether you’re attending a liberal arts university or law school, one thing is certain: you’re going to need books…and if you’re an honest college student, you have no problem admitting that you’re procrastinating and have yet to purchase any.
Half Price Books has your back. We’ve got the perfect reads to keep you awake on the road to college and the required reading to keep you at the head of the class once you get there!
Engineering Tech School
Raise your glasses—your eyeglasses—to all the students who remember what it was like to survive life as a nerd before it was actually considered cool. Ah, memories. Anywho, the books below will definitely make good company if you’re headed to a university that will have you guzzling caffeine while you calculate endless algorithms night after night. Godspeed!
Recreation: A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
Required: Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein
Prior to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, historically black colleges and universities provided the only opportunity for people of color to receive higher education in the United States. 101 of those institutions still exist today, and if you’ve chosen to attend, it would behoove you to brush up on the experiences associated with why they were necessary in the first place. Take heart and take as many African-American History courses as you possibly can.
Recreation: Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Required: Stolen Legacy by George G.M. James
You know what they say. Legal eagles soar the highest. …fine. No one says that. But everyone should. Law school is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for those with a fear of dense reading material. No matter your practice area, odds are you’ll be turning tons of pages before—and after—you pass the Bar, and HPB happens to have the perfect fun read and the practical guide you’ll need to get started if you’re looking to lay down the law in the courtroom.
Recreation: The Firm by John Grisham
Required: The Official Guide To Legal Specialties by Lisa L. Abrams and the National Association for Law Placement
Liberal Arts School
We all have that friend, or have been that friend, whose parents never ask about their major because they can’t really explain exactly how it correlates to earning a living later in life. You know the ones. Philosophy, Arts & Humanities, Literature… Oh, the places you’ll go with a degree in the liberal arts. Here’s to the masses of students who have no idea where their major may take them. Either way, these books won’t steer you wrong while you’re on your way.
Recreation: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Firstly, a hearty dose of gratitude goes out to all of you who are brave enough to place our lives in your hands. Secondly, you are going to need to get through a lot of textbooks before the Medical Board trusts you to do so. Whether you’re headed to the ER, the OR, or planning on getting some R&R before you start your own practice, you’ll definitely want to get into these books, stat!
Recreation: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Required: Cell Biology & Histology by Leslie P. Gartner, Ph.D. and James L. Hiatt, Ph.D.
Odds are, if you’re on your way to one of the most elite educational institutions in the country, you’ve already been hitting the books pretty hard. Good luck if you’re looking for reprieve; there will be none of that around here, bub. You’ve got books to read if you’re going to stay on your A game. After all, everyone on campus has most likely been getting A’s their entire life. Step it up a notch with our reading recommendations below…and don’t worry, you’ll survive.
Best of luck to all the students starting the new semester! Remember, if you don’t see books from your syllabus on this list, it doesn’t mean you can’t find them at Half Price Books. We’re far more than fun and games; we sell all types of textbooks for up to 80% off!
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