#066 – New Book Suggestions for Summer Reading

We like to read! And summer seems like the perfect time to dig into some new reading – especially if you have a student heading to college, thinking about college, or already there. It’s always good to have some new book suggestions and we have some excellent college parenting books to share. In this episode Lynn and Vicki share some favorite reads that offer parents support, guidance and suggestions – and we include some books to share with your student as well.

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For us, summer is often a time to catch up on some of the reading that we don’t have time for during the school year. And if you have a student about to head to college, already in college, or about to begin the admission process, summer can be a good time for you to catch up on some college parenting reading. We’re here to help.

This summer marks the third summer for the College Parent Central podcast, so this is our third annual episode with reading suggestions – and last year we gave you a bonus episode of books to suggest to your student as well.  So if our list for this year isn’t enough – or the titles don’t strike your fancy, check out our earlier lists as well. (Links are at the bottom.)

This year, Lynn suggested the following books:

Children who Fail at School but Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived. 

By Mark Katz, 2016

How to College: What to Know before you go (and When you are There).

By Andrea Brenner and Lara Hope Schwartz, 2019

You can also read our review of this book

The Greatest College Health Guide You Never Knew You Needed: How to Manage Food, Booze, Stress, Sex, Sleep and Exercise on Campus.

By Jill and Dave Henry, 2021

You can also read our review of this book.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

By Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., 2014

Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection.

Edited by James Crews, 2019

Vicki’s favorites for this year included:

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

By Jeffrey Selingo

You can also read our review of this book.

The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Roadmap for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make

By Ron Lieber

You can also read our review of this book.

Adulting Made Easy: Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-up Act Together

By Amanda Morin

You can also read our review of this book.

Vicki also shared two books she has not yet read, but that look promising. If you want a head-start, take a look at these.

The Mindful College Student

By Dr. Eric B. Loucks

How to Get the Most Out of College: 127 Ways to Make Connections, Make It Work for You, and Make a Difference

By Elliot Felix

Both Lynn and Vicki also talked about a new product – The Talking College Card Deck by Andrea Brenner. Although this isn’t a book, it’s has 250 discussion prompts for parents and students to talk about all sorts of college issues and questions. Any time in high school or the summer before college would be a great time to experiment with these.  Andrea has offered listeners of our podcast a discount when you buy a set of cards. Visit her website: ambrenner.com/publications and use the coupon code CPCSAVE for $2.00 off your purchase.

Happy reading!

If you’d like to hear our book podcasts from previous years, check these out. The books are still excellent and relevant.

#041 – More Summer Reads for Parents: Two authors, Four Books

#040 – Our Favorite Books to Share with College Students

#020 – Our Favorite Summer Reads for College Parents

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