News & Media
What Books Should My College-Bound Student Be Reading?
“I am now trying to prepare myself for college and what lies ahead. I am inquiring as to whether John Baylor has a list of suggested books that aspiring college students should read. I know there are many such lists out on the internet but after going through JBP I respect highly what Mr. Baylor teaches. I hope that you can provide me with a list.”
That email made my day. So here’s how I responded:
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough— a quintessential American story that inspires
Wilson by A Scott Berg— Another turn of the century history lesson. This one is about an idealistic President who once held the world in his hands.
The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer— about the Dulles brothers who together waged their own cold war with disastrous consequences that we still feel today.
Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin— anything by her is great (especially Bully Pulpit), and this candid autobiography is difficult to put down.
Brothers by George Howe Colt—sensing a fraternal theme? I love this book because the author is among the best in his generation (Michael Lewis, Mitch Albom) and because it offers a unique history of famous brothers and the author’s own.
The Triple Package by Amy Chua— a controversial, provocative book about the three traits shared by successful immigrant groups, attributes parents can infuse into their own children.
A Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger— the book that awakened me in my youth
Over This by Frank Deford — a fun, substantive ride through six decades of relationships with famous sports people, written by one of the profession’s best ever.
Coach by Michael Lewis— a short book that may be the best two-three hours a person spends this month
Moneyball by Michael Lewis— not just for baseball fans, for those looking for an edge to get into and win any game
John Baylor is a father, husband, author, Stanford grad, broadcaster, and owner of John Baylor Prep. The mission of JBP is to help families and schools create two- and four-year college graduates with minimal debt. You can listen to the John Baylor Prep Show by subscribing on iTunes or by going to JohnBaylorPrepShow.com. The show also runs on Nebraska stations KHUB (1340 AM) in Fremont, KNCY (1600 AM) in Nebraska City, KLIN (1400 AM)in Lincoln. Check listing for days and times.
The use or dissemination of any of the information contained in this website without the express written permission of OnToCollege is strictly prohibited.
OnToCollege | 211 N. 14th Street, Suite 315 | Lincoln, NE 68508 | 402-475-PREP (7737)
OnToCollege is not associated or affiliated with Baylor University, nor are any of OnToCollege goods or services. ACT® and PreACT® are registered trademarks of ACT, Inc. OnToCollege with John Baylor has no affiliation with ACT, Inc., and OnToCollege is not approved or endorsed by ACT, Inc. SAT® exam is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.