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Summer Reading Lists

10 Honors:

Read three books of your choice:

  • 1 classic literature
  • 1 nonfiction
  • 1 young adult

Classic Literature RecommendationsNonfiction RecommendationsYoung Adult Recommendations
The Mists of Avalon 

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

Intruder in the Dust
by William Faulkner

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers

The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Baroness Orczy

All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck

All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde

The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells

Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler

The Stranger
by Alfred Camus

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison

The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

Ethan Frome
by Edith Wharton

by William Shakespeare

A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children
by Faith J.H. McDonnell

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

Just Like Us
by Helen Thorpe

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam
by Mark LeVine

Helter Skelter
by Vincent Bugliosi

Big Weather: Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America
by Mark Svenvold

Patient by Patient: Lessons in Love, Loss, Hope, and Healing
by Emily R. Transue

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret
by Seth Shulman

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer

Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
by Buzz Bissinger

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
by Tom Vanderbilt

Three Little Words: A Memoir
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser

A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath
by Jeanine Cummins

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

The Other Wes Moore
by Wes Moore

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
by Michael Hainey

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
by Karen Blumenthal

by Steve Sheinkin

O Pioneers!
by Willa Cather

by Chris Crutcher

Copper Sun
by Sharon M. Draper

Freaky Green Eyes
by Joyce Carol Oates

Between Shades of Grey
by Ruta Sepetys

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

by Scott Wester

Paper Towns
by John Green

It's Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

I Love You, Beth Cooper
by Larry Doyle

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
by Matthew Quick

by Meg Wolitzer

by Patricia McCormick

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Winter's Bone
by Daniel Woodrell

Billie Standish Was Here
by Nancy Crocker

The Musician's Daughter
by Susanne Emily Dunlap

Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John

by Lauren Oliver

by M.T. Anderson

Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

2015-2016 Gateway Nominees:

In the Shadow of Blackbirds
by Cat Winters

by Brandon Sanderson

The Naturals
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Rules for Disappearing
by Ashley Elston

All Our Yesterdays
by Cristin Terrill

Thousand Words
by Jennifer Brown

I am the Weapon (Boy Nobody)
by Allen Zadoff

by Alex London

Out of the Easy
by Ruta Sepetys

The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey

by Andrew Smith

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

All the Truth That’s In Me
by Julie Berry

The Program
by Suzanne Young

Escape from Eden
by Elisa Nader


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

AP Lang:

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

AP Lit:

"How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer Adler, Ph.D. (Article)

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster

Novel of Choice:

Classic TitlesContemporary Titles
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1984 by George Orwell

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Tess of D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Catch 22  by Joseph Heller
A Thousand Acres by Anne Smiley

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Atonement by Ian McEwan

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri