College Counselor Compiles Summer Reading List

Looking for summer reading suggestions for yourself or the students you serve?

NACAC member Brennan Barnard has released his annual compilation of book recommendations.

The full list — featuring titles suggested by college admission deans and counselors — appears on The Washington Post website. Some selections are related to education, while other titles are simply good reads.

This year’s list includes over 40 books. Both fiction and nonfiction titles are featured.

Nathan Grawe’s Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education appears alongside Angie Thomas’ award-winning young adult novel, The Hate U Give. Also included are Jean Twenge’s iGen, Julissa Arce’s My (Underground) American Dream, and Kate Fagen’s What Made Maddy Run.

This is the sixth year that Barnard, director of college counseling at The Derryfield School (NH), has had his list published by a major US newspaper.

The 201420152016, and 2017 editions were also picked up by Post2013’s list appeared in The New York Times.

Read more about this year’s picks and check out titles discussed by NACAC’s online book club — #NACACreads.

Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at

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