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 50 books. Both fiction and nonfiction titles are featured.

Ta-Nahisi Coates’ bestseller Between the World and Me appears alongside Julie Schumacher’s humorous novel, Dear Committee Members. Also included are Ron Suskind’s A Hope Unseen; Karin Tanabe’s The Gilded Years; and Frances Jensen’s The Teenage Brain.

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

The 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions were also picked up by Post; 2013’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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