WyzAnt Tutoring Poll Results: 2013 Reading List

August 1, 2013

One of the most productive ways to spend your extra time is reading. In addition to the academic gains that come with reading- such as learning new vocabulary, inspiring creativity and honing critical thinking skills- it provides endless source of inexpensive, and sometimes free, entertainment. Whether you like to read accounts of World War I, or the latest teen vampire novel, you will be challenged to exercise your brain on various levels while you read. We polled our network of private tutors to see which books are a must-read this year. Here are the top five responses in order:

1. To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Coming-of-age story; social drama; Southern drama Summer time, 1936 Good and evil;
importance of moral education;
social class;
appearance vs. Reality
Social justice issues, stories told from a child's perspective, and stories with a moral. If you liked A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (by Betty Smith) or My Name is Asher Lev (Chaim Potok), you'll like To Kill a Mockingbird. Why is TKAM so influential in American Literature? See what tutors say here.
2. Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
Science Fiction Future Games; the role of children; compassion; ruthlessness Dystopic fiction, sci-fi, and fast paced action with a few philosophical implications! If you liked The Giver (Lois Lowry), Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro), or The Roar (Emma Clayton), you'll like Ender's Game. Should this be the next book on your list? See what private tutors say here.
3. Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Dystopia 100+ years in the future The inequality between rich and poor; suffering as entertainment; the importance of appearances Dystopic/post-apocalyptic fiction, coming of age stories, stories that detail the effects of war and an oppressive government, and the dire effects danger and disorder have on human nature. If you liked Lord of the Flies (William Golding), The Maze Runner (James Dashner), or 1984 (George Orwell), you'll like The Hunger Games. Find out why tutors think you should read this here.
4. The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Modernist novel, Jazz Age novel, novel of manners 1920's The inequality between rich and poor; suffering as entertainment; the importance of appearances Stories of betrayal, the downfall of the American dream, and the brutal aspect of classism. If you liked A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams), The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton), or The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), you'll like The Great Gatsby. How does this book relate to the present? Find out here.
5. Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
Coming-of-age novel 1940's-50's Alienation as a form of self-protection; the painfulness of growing up; the phoniness of the adult world Coming of age stories, tales of isolation, stories with strong, consistent symbolism. If you liked Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey), or The Stranger (Albert Camus), you'll like Catcher in the Rye. What is most memorable about this book? Top tutors will tell you here.

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