A fellow independent college counselor recently published a blog with the best books for high school students as they prepare for college, and I thought “what a great idea!” Recognizing that everyone has different preferences, below is the short list that you should introduce to your kid. Yes, I know that they have a ton of school work, but independent reading helps to keep the mind fresh and engaged. Plus some schools have application questions that ask: “what books have you read outside of school?” Check them out!
BOOKS FOR THE MATH GENIUS
“Marcus du Sautoy tells the illuminating, authoritative, and engaging story of Bernhard Reimann and the ongoing quest to capture the holy grail of mathematics—the formula to predict prime numbers.”
BOOKS FOR THE HISTORY BUFF
In this riveting “manifesto,” Mary Beard, one of the world’s foremost experts in Classical Antiquity, draws on her unrivaled expertise to not only correct her critics, but to argue for new vision of female agency.
BOOKS FOR THE ASPIRING SCIENTIST
Gene therapy is the next medical frontier. As we stand on the edge of the future, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s fascinating and entertaining cultural history of the gene will be sure to inform and inspire the next generation of scientists.
BOOKS FOR THE FUTURE DOCTOR
Sugar is bad. But how bad? In this book Gary Traube lays out “the case against sugar” (and carbs), calling it the “tobacco of the new millennium.” This meticulous and compelling book will enthrall anyone interested in public health, personal wellness, and the food industry.
What if New York flooded? This thrilling novel traces the fate of families trying to survive a city transformed by climate change and will appeal to all fans of science fiction.
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