Book Club: Light Reading for High Schoolers

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Regardless of whether you’re pursuing a career in STEM, performance, social sciences, or the arts, you will need basic skills in language. In fact, most colleges prioritize communication skills. Therefore it’s important to continue working on your growth in literacy. With that said, I think you know the drill by now: we’re back with book club recommendations. This article contains a few titles we consider light reading for high schoolers to add to a spring reading list!

Previously, we’ve talked about how reading is a calm space in the craziness of college preparation. Reading will also develop your writing and creative thinking skills. In addition to these outstanding literacy benefits, reading regularly will expand your personal horizons. The right read provides new experiences, perspectives, and life lessons that will help you become a more well-rounded student and individual.

Now, without further ado:

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

by Amy Klobuchar

If you’re not the kind of reader who can indulge in hours of reading, anthologies may be something to try! The #shepersisted movement inspired this anthology’s concept. The book includes inspiring essays from both male and female actors, athletes, activists and more.

How to Make Friends With the Dark

by Kathleen Glasgow

Looking for an indulging fiction read? This newly released novel is centered around the main protagonist “Tiger” who learns to find peace with darkness after the loss of her mother and learns to navigate dysfunctional family relationships, friendships, and sisterhood. Totally relatable on so many levels! This engaging book provides light reading for high schoolers while examining important themes at the same time.

Enter Title Here

by Rahul Kanakia

Not into the deep stuff? That’s why we have a light reading list for you!

Enter Title Here is also extremely relatable, packed with humor and realness. The protagonist has a flawless academic record and a laundry list of extracurriculars. But, she knows there are plenty more outstanding students just like her. In order to get into her dream school, she seeks a unique way to stand out from the crowd.

Final Thoughts

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Addendum: you can find the complete collection of Book Club picks below. Happy reading, everyone!

1: Critical Reading for Reflection

2. Reading for College Readiness

3. Light Reading for High Schoolers (this post)

4. Reads for the Well-Rounded Student

Questions? Let us know!