If you are a prospective college student, it is important to read during the summer months. In addition to keeping your mind sharp, summer reading will grow your vocabulary (which will improve your standardized test scores) and develop your storytelling voice (which will improve your application essays).
There isn’t a single list of the “right” books to read over the summer (however, if your school has assigned you specific books, you should be sure to include those titles in your summer reading). That being said, a good summer-reading book will do one or more the following:
- Make you think about things you don’t typically think about.
- Make you see things from a different or unusual perspective.
- Induce empathy or other positive feelings.
- Expand your knowledge of the world.
If you’re looking for summer-reading suggestions, check out the following list, which is sorted by area of interest: