Gift Books for College Students: Some Recommendations

We’ve made some earlier recommendations of books that make good reading for parents of college students. But there is also plenty of good reading available for college students — or about to be college students — to help them navigate the college years.  If you’re looking for a gift idea for your college student or high school senior, consider one or two of these books.  Some are light-hearted and written for college students to enjoy, and many are full of helpful hints and tips for successfully transitioning to and surviving college. They cover everything from general advice to cooking, money management and career advice.

General advice on college success

I’ll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students (order directly from Amazon)

Margo E. Woodacre Bane and Steffany Bane


College Success Guide: Top 12 Secrets For Student Success (order directly from Amazon)

Karine Blackett and Patricia Weiss


The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (order directly from Amazon)

Harlan Cohen


Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College (order directly from Amazon)

Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman


The Everything College Survival Book: From Social Life To Study Skills – All You Need To Fit Right In (order directly from Amazon)

Michael S. Malone


Been There (Should’ve) Done That (order directly from Amazon)

Suzette Tyler

Cookbooks for College


College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends (order directly from Amazon)

Megan Carle and Jill Carle


College Vegetarian Cooking (order directly from Amazon)

Megan Carle and Jill Carle


The Starving Students’ Cookbook (order directly from Amazon)

Dede Hall


Cooking Outside the Pizza Box: Easy Recipes for Today’s College Student (order directly from Amazon)

Jean Patterson and Danae Campbell


The Healthy College Cookbook (order directly from Amazon)

Alexandra Nimets, Jason Stanley, Emeline Starr, Rachel Holcomb


The Everything College Cookbook: 300 Hassle-Free Recipes For Students On The Go (order directly from Amazon)

Rhonda Lauret Parkinson

Financial Advice for College Students


Please Send Money: A Financial Survival Guide for Young Adults on Their Own (order directly from Amazon)

Dara Duguay


Financial Basics: Money Management Guide for Students (order directly from Amazon)

Susan Knox


Money Management for College Students (Fell’s Official Know-It-All Guide) (order directly from Amazon)

Karin R. O’Callaghan

Career Advice for College Students


The Career-Savvy College Student (order directly from Amazon)

Jim Holt


The Complete Job Search Book For College Students: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Job (order directly from Amazon)

Richard Walsh and Michelle Soltwedel

If you’re familiar with any of these books, leave a comment and share your opinion and recommendations.  We’d love to hear what you think.

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2 thoughts on “Gift Books for College Students: Some Recommendations”

  1. A Gift that Lasts All Year! Many people struggle with leadership in classes, activities, and work. Here is a book of 50 entertaining short stories about leadership. Stories about sports, business, politics, music, and everyday life. Famous people and regular people we can all relate to. A fun special section with the frank honesty of 10 year olds and high school students about their own leadership skills, in their own words. But they might be talking about you or me. Hilarious. Great gift for teens, college students, and people embarking on their careers, to improve their leadership and communication skills. Book and eBook for Kindle, Sony, Nook, iPhone, and all other phones. Of note to gift givers: People who bought this book also bought Good to Great and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.


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