Library Picks for Young Adults

Library Picks for Young Adults/College Students

These are our librarian picks for books to read in your formative years. Read them now, because they will never appeal to you in quite the same way (and you might never have time again)!


A landmark of Science Fiction, groundbreaking in its originality, from the technology to the mythology. Dune draws you into its forsaken, desert world and strange religions as you follow the thoughts of a boy becoming a prophet.

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is written as a series of Vignettes, stretching from the 19th century, past the apocalypse and back to where it began. The six stories intertwine and interrelate as each character struggles toward their own vision of happiness.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez paints such a beautiful picture of the little town of Macando, that as he slowly erases it, he will break your heart.

The Works of T.S. Eliot

Don’t try to understand his poems, nobody fully does. Merely revel in the beauty of his language, and enjoy one of the most brilliant depictions of modernity ever written.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The fun adventures of a group of friends who happen to be trapped in an insane asylum.


Even if you’ve never read a graphic novel, read Watchmen: a fun, thrilling and visually striking story about unconventional superheroes struggling in a grim future.

Slaughterhouse – Five

Both Slaughterhouse – Five and its central character, Billy Pilgrim, are “unstuck in time.” Traveling back and forth through his entire life at random, the book is a thought provoking look at how we experience time and memory.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

A father and son travel across the country together while carrying on a great conversation.

Heart of Darkness

Conrad’s descent into the darkness of man is haunting. The book’s prose will make you feel as if you too are descending into Africa.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

The book follows the young life of Stephen Dedalus, chronicling a series of religious and intellectual revelations, as he becomes a man. Required reading for aspiring writers.