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Our annual “Essential Reading” list offers recommendations from Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty and staff on books they think our students should read during their college years.

It’s been among the most popular features on the Full Circle news page on the Fulton Schools website — as well as on the ASU Now news website — since it debuted in 2012.

The guidelines for contributing to the feature are simple:

Choose a book — nonfiction or fiction — that you think will provide insights about navigating life’s various challenges, pursuing career aspirations, or simply offers a compelling and entertaining exploration into any subject.

You don’t have to select a book that focuses on engineering, but you can if you want. One rule: no textbooks!

Write two or three concise sentences that capsulize what the book is about. In another two or three concise sentences tell students why they should read the book. What lessons could they learn from the book that would be valuable to them on their journeys through college and beyond?

Interested in contributing? Contact Joe Kullman at

See previous versions of “Essential reading” features for examples:

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