Summer– a word that means joy, excitement, beaches, water slides, colorful fruit platters and the bright sun. However, amidst the infectious laughter of kids playing on the beach and the warm weather, one activity is often neglected: summer reading. Even the phrase ‘summer reading’ is undoubtedly associated with procrastination and feelings of dread, yet its importance can’t be overstated. Summer reading fosters a love of reading for recreation, increases overall academic performance, advances reading ability and prevents learning loss. Further, reading books that explore subjects that you are passionate about is an even better way to improve all aspects of reading and academic performance. We’ve come up with a list of the best 7 books to keep you engaged with your favorite subjects in school:
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
This scientific and mathematical masterpiece examines the implications of dimensions and comments on Victorian hierarchical structure through the two-dimensional world of Flatland. This book is awesome because it’s not like you’re reading a math textbook– you’re reading a story that still keeps those math muscles sharp!
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
This non-fiction book explores the factors that contribute to success. But just because it’s non-fiction doesn’t mean it isn’t super interesting. Gladwell writes with a really engaging voice and sounds just like you’re talking with your favorite professor. Outliers gives you a look into why some people are so successful, and why some aren’t, and really helps you appreciate all of the advantages you may have been given as a Smart Girl to be such a success!
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
This non-fiction book also by Malcolm Gladwell examines the sociological changes that occur in everyday life such as the decline in New York City’s crime rates after 1990. This book also takes a look at how different trends cross the threshold from ‘idea’ into ‘phenomenon.’ Not only is it a great read for people who are into sociology, but it’s a great read for people who are into marketing, too!
Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
Written during World War II, this is Anne Frank’s famous diary that has reminded us of the horrors of the Holocaust and the strength of human spirit. Although the Diary of Anne Frank is often seen as great reading for middle school students, this poignant work of literature can really captivate any audience.
1776 by David McCullough
This book presents the story of how the United States of America was born. Written by one of America’s most acclaimed historians, the book explains how separate colonies united to form the United States of America and how Britain, the powerhouse of imperialism, attempted to stop them. Just like Flatland, this book is awesome because it’s not like reading a textbook; this work of history tells a story and is an inviting and engaging narrative– a history buff’s dream.
The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance by Russell Roberts
This novel combines the practical business/economic issues of the day and the allure of love stories to explain economics, government regulations and business practices. By telling two interweaving stories, Russell Roberts manages to adequately explain the nuances of capitalism and government regulation to his reader, making this not only a fun read, but an educational one, too.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
A New York Times bestseller, this novel follows Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane, on his journey to build a winning baseball team on a budget by analyzing statistical data. Not only is this book great for keeping business-minded folks sharp, but it’s also awesome for helping those who don’t know a ton about business. Michael Lewis is hilarious, and he keeps his readers on their toes through this fantastic work of literature.