Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Summer Reading Lists Are Finally Here!

It's Finally May! Which means the school year is winding down to an end and schools are posting their summer reading lists! The Academic Marketing Department finds this an exciting time of year because we can learn what trends are developing and how we are stacking up against the competition on those required summer reading lists. 

The exciting trend this summer is for administrators to assign a long list of fantastic titles for their students to pick from and complete their assignments. From these lists, we can see how schools are balancing the entertainment of summer reading with their educational goals.

One of the biggest trends we've seen over the past years is the departure from older, more challenging classic titles to contemporary and popular titles. For instance, most of the big summer movies for 2014 are based on Young Adult novels, including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Maze Runner and these popular titles have made their way onto many high school required summer reading lists. This spring and summer most of Hollywood's biggest productions are based on novels, so naturally many of the novels assigned have a film counterpart. This works in favor of those modern classics students can already recognize by name, like this year's 12 Years a Slave

Some of the most popular titles this summer include modern classics like The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Agatha Christie titles, Lord of the Flies, 1984 Animal Farm, Our Town, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Of Mice and Men, The Bell Jar, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Nickel and Dimed. However, the most popular titles were more contemporary, for instance: the New York Times bestselling How To Read Literature Like A Professor, The Alchemist, The Book Thief, Divergent, Speak, The Glass Castle, The Round House, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Enders Game, The Road, First They Killed My Father, The Kite Runner, and even a slight resurgence of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

Here are some examples of required summer reading lists and assignments across the country!

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