Hi Students,

Test prep can be totally boring – as boring as flossing your teeth.   I know many of my students tell me some version of “I used to read – but now I’m so busy” – well

I say you’re just not seeing reading as a relaxing diversion – and fun. Fun if you read the books that rock your mind –.     I hope winter break is restful, joyous and a time to recharge.    Sharing my recent summer reading list — I’m absolutely positive there’s some here for everyone.  Regular reading will help you develop your reading comprehension muscles/skills– essential for reading passages on the SAT/ACT in a time sensitive manner.  Pay attention to your mind drifting- and work to increase the processing of content.  Also explore sentence structure, diction, grammar – notice how authors weave words in ways you can incorporate into your own righting. If you end high school writing at the same level you wrote in 9th grade– you missed an opportunity.

Happy Holidays- Happy New Year– READ — READ READ


I’ve read many- but clearly not all of these- my tastes are unique as are yours.



  • Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day: Exercises to Feel Calm, Stay Focused & Be Your Best Self  Jennie Marie Battistin
  • The Body Keeps the Score  van De Kolk
  • All About Love  Bell Hooks
  • Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell
  • Lily’s Promise  Lily Ebert
  • Born A Crime Trevor Noah
  • CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner
  • Caste by Wilkinson
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.
  • Persist Elizabeth Warren
  • MY OWN WORDS by Ruth Bader Ginsburg A collection of articles and speeches by the Supreme Court justice.


  • Out of Many, One – By George Bush
    Forty-three portraits by the former president, of men and women who have immigrated to the United States.
  • WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo
    Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.
  • SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
    How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species
  • THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel KahnemanWhen we can and cannot trust our intuitions in making business and personal decisions.
  • Minor Feelings- Cathy Park Hong
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
  • How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by  Isabel Wilkerson
    An account of the Great Migration of 1915-70, in which six million African-Americans abandoned the South.
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Unexpected factors that explain why some people succeed, such as upbringing, timing and 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.
  • The Last Lecture Randy Pausch (Also a video)
  • A Whole New Mind – Daniel Pink (Visual Arts, STEM & Business majors will enjoy this one!)
  • The Black Swan  – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Tipping Point   – Malcolm Gladwell
  • A History of Everything   Bill Bryson (Scientists and Historians alike will love this book)
  • You are a Badass – Jen Sincero (Inspirational !)
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth (If you’re a “B” Student or an “A” student – you’ll find this book both inspirational and reassuring!)
  • The Gene,’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Especially for aspiring Physicians and Scientists)
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything Kelly Weinersmith
  • Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
  • The Life & Success Stories Of A Shark Billionaire: Biography by Mark Cuban
  • The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  • The Elegant Universe Brian Green
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos   Brian Greene
  • Silent Spring Rachel Carson


FICTION-  Both Recent Publications & Classics



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