Around this time each year, news outlets and parents’ magazines start trumpeting summer reading as key to maintaining students’ proficiency and academic performance, preventing the dreaded summer slide, and preparing students for standardized tests and colleges. While summer reading can help do all of these things, it also provides students with the chance to explore new books and read for fun. To help you stock your To Be Read pile this summer, we are featuring some favorite books from our clients.
Catch Up on the Classics
When asked about books they enjoyed reading, a number of our clients mentioned the classics, including:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: When Dorian Gray discovers that his picture is aging and he is remaining young, he starts to indulge in a hedonistic and amoral lifestyle. As the picture records his sins and vices, Gray starts seeking a way to silence his conscience.
If You Liked The Picture of Dorian Gray, you might want to try The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Lee’s only novel presents life in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama as seen through the eyes of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. When Scout’s father, Atticus, is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, she must come to terms with the prejudices in the town and her changing views of the world around her.
If You Liked To Kill a Mockingbird, you might want to try The Help by Kathrynn Stockett, which is another book recommended by our clients.
Beloved by Toni Morrison: Sethe, a former slave, tries to make a new life for herself after the Civil War. However, she discovers that the past is not easy to forget, particularly after a young woman (who might or might not be the ghost of someone Sethe used to know) inserts herself in Sethe’s home. This unflinching look at slavery’s legacy won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
If You Liked Beloved, you might want to try Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
Recent ReleasesOutliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell: In this approachable work, Gladwell examines the contributing factors to success by using examples ranging from The Beatles to J. Robert Oppenheimer.
If You Liked Outliers, you might want to try Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink or The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: Described by the author as “not exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel, or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things,” this Caldecott-winning book follows the adventures of Hugo Cabret, an orphan looking to fulfill his father’s legacy by repairing a broken automaton.
If You Liked The Invention of Hugo Cabret, you might want to try The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis.
Bossypants by Tina Fey: Fey brings her trademark wit and self-deprecating humor to this memoir where she writes about working at Saturday Night Live, creating 30 Rock, and contending with motherhood.
If You Liked Bossypants, you might want to try When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (or any of his books).