Academic Tip of the Month – Winter Reading List

When the weather outside is frightful, staying in curled up with a book is just so delightful! Here are some of my favorite books you should read before college. There is no better way to increase your vocabulary (read: help increase those test scores!) as well as give you some good fodder to discuss in upcoming application essays and interviews (juniors especially!).

Note: for anyone who says “I don’t have time to read,” audiobooks are my preferred method these days of “reading” books on long drives. Check out apps like Hoopla which are connected to your local public library to check out audiobooks for free! No excuses!

  1. To Kill a Mocking Bird By Harper Lee

  2. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

  4. Animal Farm, George Orwell

  5. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

  6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

  7. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

  8. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

  9. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

  10. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Edited from: https://www.weareteachers.com/influential-books-high-school-students/

Updated 12/1/2018

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