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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Love Library, we created a list of 50 Books that SDSU Loves. Students, faculty and staff nominated their favorite books and the SDSU librarians voted to narrow the list down to these 50. This list is a wonderful reflection of the diversity of the SDSU community, and many of the books on this list explore issues of social justice in both fiction and nonfiction formats.

Need something to read? Here are 50 great suggestions!

50 Books SDSU Loves
Book Cover of Kindred by Octavia Butler
#1

Kindred

by Octavia E. Butler

Book Cover of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle'
#2

A Wrinkle In Time

by Madeline L'Engle

Book Cover of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#3

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Book Cover of March by John Lewis, et al
#4

March - The Series

by John Lewis (Author), Andrew Aydin (Author), Nate Powell (Illustrator)

Book Cover of Sula by Toni Morrison
#5

Sula

by Toni Morrison

Book Cover of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
#7

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Book Cover of Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
#8

The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Book Cover of Becoming by Michelle Obama
#9

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

Book Cover of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
#10

Neverwhere

by Neil Gaiman

Book Cover of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
#12

My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante

Book Cover of Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
#13

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Book Cover of The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcolm X
#14

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by Malcolm X & Alex Haley

Book Cover of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
#15

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

Book Cover of Just Kids by Patti Smith
#16

Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Book Cover of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
#17

Middlesex

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Book Cover of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
#18

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book Cover of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
#19

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Book Cover of The Shining by Stephen King
#20

The Shining

by Stephen King

Book Cover of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
#21

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

Book Cover of Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#22

Black Like Me

by John Howard Griffin

Book Cover of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
#23

Bless Me, Ultima

by Rudolfo Anaya

Book Cover of The Iliad by Homer
#24

Iliad

by Homer

Book Cover of The Martian by Andy Weir
#25

The Martian

by Andy Weir

Book Cover of Bailey's Cafe by Gloria Naylor'
#26

Bailey's Cafe

by Gloria Naylor

Book Cover of Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
#29

Mama Day

by Gloria Naylor

Book Cover of The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho
#30

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

Book Cover of The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
#31

The Bean Trees

by Barbara Kingsolver

Book Cover of The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan'
#32

The Bonesetter's Daughter

by Amy Tan

Book Cover of The Little Prince by de Saint-Exupery
#33

The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Book Cover of The Things they Carried by Tim O'Brien'
#34

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

Book Cover of Xala by Sembene Ousmane
#35

XALA

by Sembene Ousmane

Book Cover of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini
#36

A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khalid Hosseini

Book Cover of PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
#37

PS, I Love You

by Cecelia Ahern

Book Cover of A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn
#38

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Book Cover of Ellington Was Not a Street by Nzotake Shange
#39

Ellington Was Not a Street

by Nzotake Shange

Book Cover of Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki
#40

Farewell to Manzanar

by Jeanne Wakatsuki

Book Cover of Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
#41

Guns, Germs & Steel

by Jared Diamond

Book Cover of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
#42

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

Book Cover of Liar's Club by Mary Karr'
#43

Liar's Club

by Mary Karr

Book Cover of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
#44

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Book Cover of Poetry 180 by Billy Collins
#45

Poetry 180

by Billy Collins

Book Cover of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
#46

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Book Cover of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
#47

The Four Agreements

by Don Miguel Ruiz

Book Cover of The Maggie B by Irene Haas
#48

The Maggie B.

by Irene Haas

Book Cover of A Winter's Tale by Helprin'
#49

Winter's Tale

by Mark Helprin

Book Cover of World War Z by Max Brooks
#50

World War Z

by Max Brooks