We say we can lose ourselves in a good book. But more often, a good book may actually be where we can find ourselves.

The most valuable books open paths to self-discovery where we can find what inspires and motivates us, or what ignites our imagination and creativity.

All good books need not trigger such grand revelations. Sometimes their value is simply in providing sage advice or an interesting diversion from our daily routines.

Each of those kinds of good books can be found here in our seventh annual Essential Reading feature, where Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty and staff members recommend books they believe teach many of the lessons engineering students should learn — lessons that can help guide you during your time in college and throughout your career and life afterward.

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