Beach Books: 2013-2014

Peter Wood

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Assigning a summer reading to entering freshmen is a growing trend at hundreds of American colleges and universities. This report by the National Association of Scholars provides an account of freshman summer reading for the academic year 2013-2014, covering 341 colleges and universities and the 231 books they assigned.

While there are several databases of common reading assignments, the annual Beach Books reports by the NAS are the most comprehensive and are the only ones to categorize the books according to their main subjects and track trends in genres, publication dates, and additional themes.

Download the report (pdf): Beach Books 2013-2014: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

See also:

Press release: Lite Lit for College Comers, Study Finds

Joseph Epstein on the Beach Books Report

50 Recommended Books for College Common Reading

2012-2013 Beach Books

2011-2012 Beach Books

2010-2011 Beach Books


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