When first starting college, it may seem like you may have absolutely no time to read – but, you do! Cut out an hour (or a few) of Netflix binging. Before you know it, you will have enough time to dedicate to a new book. Reading not only increases your intelligence, but can help you to achieve some much needed R&R. Don’t let your brain be fried by course only material. Be sure to set aside time for some personal reading during your freshman year. You will not regret it.

If you are looking for reading recommendations for freshman year, look no further!

  1. The Light Within Me by Ainsley Earhardt

The Light Within Me is a book centered around having Jesus in your heart and the reassurance that, with that, comes a faith filled life. Ainsley Earhardt, a Fox News broadcast journalist, tells the story of her walk with God in all stages of life. This is an eloquently written book. It may even inspire you to further your own religious relationship.

  1.  You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Let’s face it, we know conservative women are the most badass women, but sometimes we tend to doubt ourselves. College is a tough time, so having the tools to beat out the self-doubt is beyond necessary. This book shows you that you are strong and with the right mindset, you can not be stopped.

  1. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Don’t be off put by the title; this book actually is a fascinating read. It is written by a clinical psychologist who details her interactions and studies on twenty somethings. Through this book, you can learn about intentionality and realize that you are not the only one facing what seems to be these life-ending or altering situations.

  1. Can’t Is Not an Option by Nikki Haley

In this memoir, Nikki Haley demonstrates the true meaning of the American Dream. After reading this book, you will feel inspired and refreshed. This book is a must read for all conservative young women. It teaches us that strong conservative women exist and are here to live their own American dream.

  1. Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women by Penny Young Nance

In this book, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America discusses the problems women face in America. “Conservative women have never fit neatly into stereotypes, especially conservative Christian women,” says Penny Young Nance. “We’re not the humorless, dim-witted ‘church ladies’ Saturday Night Live has made us out to be. Today’s conservative women are intelligent, well-educated, compassionate, accomplished, funny, and fearless—and it’s time for us to stand up and be heard. In fact, we have an opportunity like never before to offer words of redemption to a world gone mad.” This could be the book that helps you to find your voice in this crazy, third-wave feminism driven age.

  1. Great American Conservative Women by The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

This book is a collection of speeches from many of the great conservative women in our nation. Their speeches are founded in conservative ideals. They encourage us all to aspire to continue the legacy of the American conservative strength of women. These women come from all different walks of life and show that we can achieve anything we put her minds to.

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I encourage you all to set aside time for yourself to read books that will help you grow personally and intellectually. College can be overwhelming, so pick up a good book to allow yourself some time to decompress.

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Maddison M
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