If you're majoring in the humanities, you're likely to run into Mary Shelley's work at least once. Why, then, should you read her before college?
Because with writers as brilliant and enigmatic as Mary Shelley, it's all about the re-read. She ruminated on radical political ideas (and critiques thereof), multiple permutations of feminist thought, profound reveries about travel and culture, and penned some of the most terrifying horror scenes ever conceived. In short: Mary Shelley was practically a giant, throbbing brain parading around as a human being. Do yourself a favor and read her now, so that you can catch her work's deeper layers on round two.