• Summer Reading Recommendations

     Senior High School

  • Develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain/even increase your reading skill level

    To continue to develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain (and even increase) your reading skill level, you are encouraged to read at least 10 full-length texts over the summer months. Read a variety of genres, including nonfiction, contemporary fiction, and classic literature.

  • “Expressions of War” unit (English III and III Honors)

    To specifically prepare for the “Expressions of War” unit (English III and III Honors), read texts that represent the conflicts found in all types of wars, such as these:

    • Fallen Angels (Myers)
    • The Chocolate War (Cormier)
    • All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque)
    • A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway)
    • Sunrise over Fallujah (Myers)
    • The Red Badge of Courage (Crane)
    • All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr)
    • The Nightingale (Hannah)
    • City of Thieves (Benioff)
    • War (Junger)

  • “Madness in America” unit (English III and III Honors)

    To specifically prepare for the “Madness in America” unit (English III and III Honors), read texts with highly complex characters, such as these:

    • Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
    • The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels (James)
    • Go Ask Alice (anonymous)
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Riggs)
    • The Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (Oppel)
    • Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson)
    • It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Vizzini)
    • The Impossible Knife of Memory (Anderson)
    • Highly Illogical Behavior (Whaley)
    • Going Bovine (Bray)
    • Girl in Pieces (Glasgow)

  • “Views on Nature” unit (English III Only)

    To specifically prepare for the “Views on Nature” unit (English III Only), read texts where nature is a dominant force as a character or setting, such as these:

    • The Sky is Everywhere (Nelson)
    • Gifts (LeGuin)
    • Swimming to Antarctica (Cox)
    • Home Before Dark (Bridgers)
    • Into Thin Air (Krakauer)
    • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (King)
    • Robinson Crusoe (Defoe)

  • “The American Teenager” unit (English III Honors Only)

    To specifically prepare for the “The American Teenager” unit (English III Honors Only), read texts representing the perspectives of teenagers, such as these:

    • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky)
    • Wintergirls (Anderson)
    • Crank (Hopkins)
    • My Sister’s Keeper (Picoult)
    • Paper Towns (Green)
    • Compulsion (Ayarbe)
    • Burn Baby Burn (Medina)
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Alexie)
    • The Hate U Give (Thomas)

  • “A Sense of Place” unit (English III Honors Only)

    To specifically prepare for the “A Sense of Place” unit (English III Honors Only), read texts written by regionalist writers or with significant settings, such as these:

    • The Serpent King (Zentner)
    • The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
    • More Happy Than Not (Silvera)
    • Call of the Wild (London)
    • Lonesome Dove (McMurtry)
    • The Smell of Other People’s Houses (Hitchcock)

  • Develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain/even increase your reading skill level

    To continue to develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain (and even increase) your reading skill level, you are encouraged to read at least six full-length texts, such as these, over the summer months:

    • All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr) American Born Chinese (Yang) Angela’s Ashes (McCourt)
    • The Art of Racing in the Rain (Stein) Between the World and Me (Coates) Boomsday (Buckley)
    • Bringing Down the House: the Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (Mezrich)
    • Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America (Gould)
    • Cold Comfort Farm (Gibbons)
    • Cold Mountain (Frazier)
    • Couldn’t Keep it To Myself (Lamb)
    • Crank (Hopkins)
    • Deadline (Crutcher)
    • The Double Bind (Bohjalian) Eleanor and Park (Rowell) The First Part Last (Johnson)
    • Good Omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch (Gaiman and Prachett)
    • Grendel (Gardner)
    • The Hate U Give (Thomas)
    • The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
    • (Rankin)
    • If I Stay (Forman)
    • A Lesson Before Dying (Gaines)
    • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Spiegelman)
    • Mountains Beyond Mountains (Kidder)
    • Nineteen Minutes (Picoult) North of Beautiful (Headley) On the Road (Kerouac) Outliers (Gladwell)
    • Paper Towns (Green)
    • A Passage to India (Forster) Reading Lolita in Tehran (Nafisi) Strange the Dreamer (Taylor)
    • The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Ness)
    • The Stand (King)
    • They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky: Stories from the Lost Boys of Sudan (Deng, Deng, & Ajak)
    • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (le Carre)
    • Villette ( Brontё)
    • We Are Called to Rise (McBride)

  • Study of British Literature

    To specifically prepare for the study of British Literature, read texts such as these:

    • Beowulf
    • The poetry of John Donne, Ben Johnson
    • The short stories of Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Graham Greene
    • Gulliver’s Travels (Swift)
    • Frankenstein (Shelley)
    • Jane Eyre (Brontё)
    • Great Expectations (Dickens)
    • The Woman in White (Collins)
    • Heart of Darkness (Conrad)
    • Room with a View (Forster)
    • Brideshead Revisited (Waugh)