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You’ve realized since second grade that “reading is fundamental.” You realize reading anything is arguably better than reading nothing.  But you don’t wish to read just anything.  You’re preparing for college, and you need to read (at least some of the time) books that will build your mind muscles. 

In an age of Tweeting, what’s a reader to do?

Create a good summer reading list, of course!  (And then read the books.)

Below are two websites with excellent suggestions:

1)       “101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers” from College Board (they publish the SAT test):
UPDATE 6/5/14: the link above no longer works.  See this page from

2)      “The Big Read” books (literary fiction recommendations from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” program):

…And a final tip:

3)      Visit your local library and talk to a librarian.  (Librarians also are available electronically nowadays, but human interaction is sometimes nice.)  Tell him or her that you’re seeking out classics and/or challenging books.  Explain that you’re preparing for college.  I guarantee you will get a delighted librarian and some great suggestions.