Brennan High School

English I and II Advanced Summer Reading

Welcome to Advanced Academics!

Reading is one of the best things you can do to prepare yourself for the challenges of the upcoming school year. Enjoying a good book will help expand your vocabulary, deepen critical thinking, and enhance focus and imagination. Equally important, reading is the very best way to strengthen your writing skills!

As a Northside Advanced English student, we ask that you read at least one novel of your choice this summer. There is no other assignment than to read and be ready to discuss your book when school starts.

Remember, you can pick whichever book you wish to read - it does not have to be on the list below. The following titles are included just to give you some ideas. They are books that are popular in the library, award winners, or recommended by teachers. The novels marked by an asterisk indicate those which are on the Northside approved book list. Other titles may contain adult themes and content, so we encourage you to do some research or speak with your parents before selecting a title.

You can check out digital books on Sora, Libby, and Overdrive through your school library.

Happy Reading!

There Might Be Kissing: Romance

1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. The Great Gatsby* by F. Scott Fitzgeral

3. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

4. One Day by David Nicholls

5. Pride and Prejudice* by Jane Austen

6. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

7. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic

1. Anthem* by Ayn Rand

2. Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany

3. The Circle by Dave Eggers

4. Ender’s Game* by Orson Scott Card

5. The Illustrated Man* by Ray Bradbury

6. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

7. Unwind* by Neal Shusterman

8. Vox by Christina Dalcher

9. Warcross by Marie Lu

Everybody Has Secrets: Mystery

1. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

2. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime* by Mark Haddon

4. Mercy Rule by Tom Leveen

5. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

6. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

7. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Creepy and We Like it: Horror/Thriller

1. Blue Moon by Lee Child

2. Frankenstein* by Mary Shelly

3. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

4. Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

5. A Headful of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

6. In the Woods by Tana French

7. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

9. The Poet by Michael Connelly

10. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Remembering Wars and Other Larger-Than-Life Events: Historical Fiction

1. 11/23/63 by Stephen King

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

3. The Book Thief* by Markus Zusak

4. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

5. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

6. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

7. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahisi Coates

8. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

What? You Thought only Boys could be Tough?: Books with Strong Female Protagonists

1. The Book Thief*by Markus Zusak

2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

3. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

4. Pride and Prejudice* by Jane Austen

5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

6. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnely

7. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

So, You Think You’re a Tough Guy?: Books with Strong Male Protagonists

1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

2. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

3. Fahrenheit 451* by Ray Bradbury

4. Gutless by Carl Deuker

5. Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

6. I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

7. News of the World by Paulette Jiles

8. Things Fall Apart* by Chinua Achebe

9. What Is the What by Dave Eggers

Teen Angst: Relatable Stories of High School Drama

1. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

2. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

3. Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

This Is My Life: Coming of Age

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz

2. Bless Me, Ultima* by Rudolfo Anaya

3. The Catcher in the Rye* by J.D. Salinger

4. Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adbi Khorram

5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

6. To Kill a Mockingbird* by Harper Lee

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

* Indicates vetted, approved titles from the NISD English I-IV Approved Reading List

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