Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Reading

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Believe it or not summer reading can give a boost to chances of college admission. Of course it depends on what you read. Think of reading at least one book that interests you that you could talk about in an admissions interview. Remember that colleges are looking for students who are intellectually curious, which means that the latest best selling James Patterson thriller or the latest Danielle Steele romance will probably not give you any extra points with admissions. That still leaves a lot of choices in literature, history ,biography, current events and even business.

Some personal favorites in each of these categories are "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, "Citizens of London" by Lynne Olson, "John Adams" by David McCullough, "Ghost of War-The True Story of a 19 year old GI", and "Make it Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath.

You can develop your own list of favorites and if you're stuck, you can ask friends, family or even a librarian what they would recommend for summer reading. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Lucia,
    I agree that summer is a great time to expand your reading horizons! Along with the books you’ve recommended I’d like to add a few others:

    “What the Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell
    “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp
    “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

    Or any of the old favorites-James Joyce, William Falkner, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemmingway, Mark Twain, Joseph Heller,Toni Morrison, Alexander Dumas, Arthur Miller, James Michener, just to name a few!

    If a novel is too time consuming you can always try setting you’re your computer’s home page on the New York Times so you can start your day with well written news or feature stories(my son’s tip), or dive into magazines that match your interests like Time, The Economist, Popular Science, the Utne Reader, or National Geographic.