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2013 Summer Reading List

The school year is coming to a close but that doesn’t mean you should put down the books! At IvyWise, our counselors recommend reading at least one book a month outside of your already-assigned class reading, and the summer months allow for more leisurely reading. Summer reading is important because it provides you with the opportunity to explore topics in which you are interested while also expanding your personal library.

It’s also important to remember summer reading isn’t just limited to books! Follow popular blogs and online publications that match your interests in order to stay abreast of the latest developments in the fields you want to pursue in college and beyond.

Colleges are interested in what you’re reading outside of class, so stay on top of summer reading with some of these suggestions from the IvyWise team of expert counselors.

Here’s what to read if you’re interested in:

English and Literature
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Joyce’s novel traces the intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions with which he has been raised.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A satire portraying a futuristic, dystopian Western society with a culture of extreme youth rebellion and violence: it explores the violent nature of humans, human free will to choose between good or evil, and the desolation of free will as a solution to evil.

Progressive Engineer Magazine
Progressive Engineer is an online magazine and information source covering all disciplines of engineering in the continental United States. Its in-depth profiles and features portray engineers in an easy-to-read, personal editorial style and promote sustainability in the profession.

Journalism Next by Mark Briggs
There’s never been a more challenging yet exciting time to be a journalist. But in order to survive and thrive, journalists need to master new tools. Timely, to-the-point, and tested, Journalism Next updates Mark Briggs’ popular online guide Journalism 2.0 and explains how to use the latest software, tools, and concepts, empowering journalists to harness technology and take control of their futures in journalism.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
Flatland is one of the very few novels about math and philosophy that can appeal to almost any reader. Published in 1880, this short fantasy takes readers to a completely flat world of two physical dimensions where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes, and who think the planar world of length and width that they know is all there is.

The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
The Soul of a New Machine chronicles the experiences of a computer engineering team racing to design a next-generation computer at a blistering pace under tremendous pressure. The work environment discussed in this book offers a different approach to what is taught in business schools– instead of top-down management, many of the innovations are started at the grassroots level.

Letters to Young Filmmakers: Creativity and Getting Your Films Made by Howard Suber
Letters to aspiring directors, producers, screenwriters, and other creatives from one of the world’s leading teachers of film. Suber emphasizes that what is required of a professional in the world of film is not just technique, but an understanding and ability to deal with the realities of how films get made.

Freakonomics Blog
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is a 2005 non-fiction book by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner. The book has been described as melding pop culture with economics, but has also been described as “amateur sociology.” Their blog expands upon the themes presented in their book, and offers insight into timely topics and current events.

Saving and Investing: Financial Knowledge and Financial Literacy that Everyone Needs and Deserves to Have by Michael Fischer
By understanding saving, investing and the financial markets, anyone can be empowered to make consistently better financial decisions, understand the world of finance and the investment choices that surround them, and move toward fulfilling their investment dreams.

Architecture and Design
The Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius
The oldest and most influential book ever written on architecture, this volume served as a guide to Bramante, Michelangelo, Palladio, Vignola, and countless others. It describes the classic principles of symmetry, harmony, and proportion as well as the ancients’ methods, materials, and aesthetics.

The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins
Written by the Wall Street Journal’s longtime fashion reporter, this book explains how conglomerates like LVMH and red carpet fashion changed the industry forever.

These books and publications are just a start when developing a summer reading list around your interests! Reading in your spare time is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect in the admissions process, and IvyWise counseling and research services can help you develop a reading list that best encompasses your interests. Contact us for more information on setting up an Initial Consultation with one of our counselors!

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