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Our summer reading list

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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If the searing temperatures didn't clue you in, we're in the middle of summer. The obligatory visits to the pool and beach aside, one of our favourite ways to spend the spare time is to dive into books, making sure to include a variety of work one wouldn't normally encounter. When designing your summer reading list, create category areas that you'd like to know more about, and incorporate one challenging book for every three books you find easy to read.

Take a look at our recommendations for 2017.


1. Why Does E=mc 2 ? (And Why Should We Care?)

By Cox, Brian, and Jeff Forshaw

2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Duckworth, Angela

3. The Tipping Point

By Gladwell, Malcolm

4. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World.

By Johnson, Steven

5. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole (Caribbean)

By Seacole, Mary


1. Fahrenheit 451

By Bradbury, Ray

2. Acceptance

By Cole, Susan

3. Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

By Harris, Robert

4. Screwtape Letters

By CS Lewis

5. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

By Stevenson, Robert Louis


1. Antigone

By Sophocles

2. Rhinoceros

By Ionesco, Eugene

3. The Physicists

By Durrenmatt, Friedrich

4. Death and the Kings Horseman

By Soyinka, Wole

5. The Glass Menagerie

By Williams, Tennessee


1. Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience

By Blake, William

2. Selected Poems

By Cummings, E E

3. Iliad and Odyssey

By Homer

4. Paradise Lost

By Milton, John

5. The Prelude

By Wordsworth, William

We hope that these will open your eyes to new worlds. Have a wonderful summer adventure!

Nicole McLaren Campbell is the founder and CEO of Aim Educational Services, an independent college admissions counsellor, and public speaker. Contact her at nicole @




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