At college, students mostly read books assigned to them by their professors and tutors. When writing this article about best motivational books, we decided to find out what students prefer to read in their free time, so we interviewed active fourth and fifth grade students and asked about the books they would recommend their peers.

Best motivation books

List of the Most Recommended Books

Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi.

This is a graphic fantasy novel that will help students forget about their busy schedules and upcoming tests. A perfect bedtime reading choice that also guarantees unforgettable dreams. The series consists of 11 books so far, so be prepared to become a long-term fan.

Beast Quest: Sepron, The Sea Serpent, Adam Blade

This is one more choice from the list of adventure books. It will spur your imagination and make you wonder about the true nature of things. In addition, the book contains colorful illustrations for the readers who admire artistic creation.

The Book with No Pictures, B. J. Novak

If you haven’t liked the previous recommendation because of the illustrations, try this one. Just kidding. This books works magic because it makes even the most serious people laugh while also touching important topics. What makes it even more useful is the book’s potential to explain to young people the unbelievable power of words, which can either harm others or heal them.

Best of the Best, Tim Green

If you are more into books about the relationships among people and prefer the novels that make you think, consider books like the help in solving friendship issues, this one is really the best of the best for you. This is a story about truly dedicated friends who help each other and make the world better.

BFG, Roald Dahl

Although written for kids, this is a good book to read for college students. Not only does it explain how different species can make friends, but it also makes the readers laugh. A beautiful story about the adventures of a giant and a small girl has conquered the hearts of thousands of readers all over the world! 

Bunnicula, Deborah and James Howe

After you read numerous serious books on different academic topics, this one will help you recharge your batteries in no time, so you can probably call Bunnicula a number-one on the list of the best productivity books. If you have pets, you will find it entertaining to imagine that they talk just like the characters in the story. Have you heard an idiom ‘to fight like a cat and dog’? Well, you’ll get lot of funny dialogues between these cute animals in this book. No need to mention that Bunnicula is absolutely different from all other vampire books.  

The Cay, Theodore Taylor

This is a choice of the readers who prefer classics. It might be difficult to get into the plot first, but once you do, you won’t be able to put it down. The unforgettable adventure of young Phillip, his cat and an old Indian will probably leave you in tears. The book allows a powerful insight into the impact of prejudice and social construct, so it will teach you how to become a better student. Finally, you will be dreaming of seeing the island the characters were on!

City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau

A new book by Du Prau will challenge the imagination of the most seasoned readers. This is probably why the film adaptation did not impress the book fans. A story about people who live under the threat of losing light will hold you in a grip till the last page!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney

Another series for the binge-reading challenge for someone who’s looking for reading books clipart and motivational books for college students. Read this book and you will see that Jeff Kinney is almost in all bestsellers lists of New York Times for a reason.

Dork Diaries, Rachel Renee Russell

This author really knows what you expect to find when looking for books for school students. She’s writing as if she is your peer, which makes this book absolutely amazing! That’s why this book series keeps getting positive reviews on GoodReads.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabstein

One more nerve-wracking series on the list of books for students to read. The plot is intriguing, the characters are interesting and a little quirky, and the jokes are hilarious. In addition, it’s a cream of the crop puzzle book, so be prepared for some brain exercises. It also shows the importance of good teamwork, a skill that becomes absolutely invaluable in the adult world.

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, Meg Wolitzer

Similar to the previous book, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman stimulates the reader’s brain activity by asking to play a famous game Scrabble. At the same time, the book succeeds in providing an illustrative explanation of how important real friendship can be, making it a must-read for those who look for inspirational novels for college students.

Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This book gets glowing recommendations from young people because it tells a story of someone who feels she does not fit in. Everyone’s been there at least once in their life, right? The book title is an allusion to a famous saying about the result of judging a fish by its ability to climb trees. A story about a bright girl who has confidence issues resonates with many readers.

The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

There’s no way students would leave out this series when making a list of the readings they like. An absolute fantasy leader among the books of the 21 century, the story about a young wizard keeps winning the hearts of new readers every year.  Many people like the adaptation, as well, but you can find so much more about the true friendship and magic world in the books. A perfect sweet escape from endless assignments and academic reading.