Here we are again with another post, this time talking about the best books for mature students I have read. Being honest, I have never been much of a reader, but there have been few books that had a massive positive impact on my mature student journey.
If you are new to this blog, I’m an “ex mature student”, I started university at 26 to change my life. It was a necessity, I felt stuck in my job and could not see a future for myself. I really needed a shift in my life, so I made the big step. If you want to know more about my story, you can find it here: “My Story”.
My 4 best books for mature students
Before we start, there is another thing I want to say. I hate when it’s not disclosed online! If you think these books can help you too and use my links, I will receive a tiny referral commission (we are talking pence here, really). Nothing extra cost for you of course, but I prefer you know it otherwise you won’t even notice it!
It is up to you if you think my blog provides some value and you want to support it, this means a lot to me; thank you regardless. I will also share some tips on how to get any book for free, always good to know!
As usual, I will put a direct link to Amazon for each book so that you can check the current price, version and all other info you might need. Now that we are ready, let’s start with my list of books for mature students:
1. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life, by Gary John Bishop
Ok, I get it, it’s a strong title with a “bad” word. But it’s true, that’s exactly what I needed to do! I was stuck in my own mind; is too late? I’m too old for university! Am I going to make it? Will I find a job? These are just few thoughts I had back then.
This was the first book I bought ever, it led me to make the step and change my life. It made me realise how stupid I was and how my thoughts were holding me back. If you are having the same thoughts as I had, then I would definitely recommend reading this book! Go unfu*k yourself!
I bought the hardcover version cause I liked the visual impact, but you can get the paperback for cheaper. Moreover, you can also “listen” it for free on Audible. If you don’t know what it is, basically you are a listener rather than a reader. A professional narrator takes you through the book.
How do you get unfu*k yourself for free? Simple, when you sign-up you have a 30-day free trial and you can choose an audiobook. You can cancel it anytime obviously, just make sure to do it within the 30-day timeframe. I personally “listen” to books now as I don’t have much time to read anymore (welcome to the work life).
It is really a good experience when commuting or during the evening lying on the sofa. I would recommend using good quality headphones with that, makes a difference! Whichever way you decide, reader or listener, you will enjoy this book!
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Whereas the previous book was the one that nudged me towards starting university as a mature student, this helped me build good habits. A classic masterpiece published in 1989 that still relates to nowadays society. Just another clear example of how old school sometimes is better.
This book taught me an important lesson: we are constantly surrounded by opportunities and we don’t even notice it. It was key to my success in securing an internship and getting a graduate job. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, sometimes it’s just a matter of building good habits.
3. Atomic Habits, by James Clear
I bought this together with the 7 habits of highly effective people. In case it was not clear, I was going through a difficult period at university. Despite trying to “copy” a small group of highly successful students, those who usually sit front rows and interact during lectures, I was struggling.
In my head I knew exactly what to do, but I just couldn’t do it. Laziness? Lack of motivation? I don’t know! All I know it’s that Atomic Habits was a really good read and helped me a lot. Again, I bought the hardcover version as I only had few books and I preferred that way. However, the paperback version is cheaper and you can also listen to it for free on Audible!
Grit, by Angela Duckworth
The name says it all. This book made me realise an important thing, my area of focus! I didn’t need to understand all concepts of my Degree, why was I even stressing so much about it? I was studying inefficiently, getting stuck in worthless things.
What Grit taught me was to use my ambitions as my fuel. I would say this book showed me the real power of resilience and perseverance. In one word, I became “relentless” after reading it, absorbing knowledge like a machine and wanting more. In this case, I bought the paperback as the hardcover version was too expensive for me, your choice.
How to read any book for free
Audible is not your only option to get books for free (although it’s my favourite). If you are a fast reader, then you can take advantage of Kindle Unlimited (you must have already an Amazon account);
in any case, it has the usual 30-day free trial offer that you can cancel at any time! The only difference is that instead of getting the hard copy of a book, you get the eBook version. If you have Amazon Student (you should! see next section if not), then the free trial it’s currently two months!!
What is good about it? During the trial, you will have unlimited access to over 1 million eBooks (magazines included); moreover, you can read them on any device (in case you have any fancy one). In any case, you can read as many as you want for free during the trial on Kindle Unlimited and later decide if you want to keep it or cancel!
Being honest, I did not use it as I preferred having the hard copy of the books. It made me feel more like a reader, I guess I’m old style. However, it is also true that I only red few books. If this is not your case, and you are comfortable in reading eBooks, then this service can suit you well!
Saving some money.. (for students only)
I need to share this tip with you as it saved me a considerable amount of money at university. For some reason I can’t explain, many mature students do not take full advantage of their student status, me included back then. If you usually shop online, I would really suggest taking advantage of Amazon Prime Student!
Basically, you get a six-month free trial with all the benefits of Prime membership (unlimited one-day deliveries), and then half the price of normal subscription! On top of that, you get Amazon Prime Video (I cancelled my Netflix after that); exclusive student offers (discounts on books, extra bonus for this article); and Prime Music (again, I saved money by cancelling other music subscriptions).
It can save you a lot of money when you add up all those services! I have explained in detail what it is, how I used to save money and how to get it step by step here “the best student discount?”. All you need is your university email and expected graduation date. As you might have guessed, its benefits only last until you graduate. Take advantage of your status while you can!
The best books for mature students
That was it, those were only four books I have read as a mature student, obviously outside of my courses’ textbooks. I told you I have never been much of a reader, I wasn’t lying lol! Jokes aside, as I said earlier I have now become a book “listener” on Audible.
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As usual, let me know if you have any book recommendation for me, I’d be keen to “listen” to it! Thank you for reading my list of books for mature students. Best of luck on your (mature) student journey!