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Summer Reading English 2020

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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 AP English student, we ask that you read at least one nonfiction title 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, but it does have to be nonfiction.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 nonfiction titles marked by an asterisk are titles that you may want to discuss with your parents or guardians before choosing it as your summer reading.

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

Happy Reading!

Holmes and NSITE High School Disclaimer:

Parents and students are highly encouraged to read book summaries and online reviews before selecting summer reading in order to approve content.

 

ENGLISH 1 and 2

ROMANCE:

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Great Gatsby* by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

One Day by David Nicholls

Pride and Prejudice* by Jane Austen

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

 

SCI FI, DYSTOPIAN,  POST APOCALYPTIC

Anthem* by Ayn Rand

Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Ender’s Game* by Orson Scott Card

The Illustrated Man* by Ray Bradbury

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Warcross by Marie Lu

 

MYSTERY

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

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

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Mercy Rule by Tom Leveen

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

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

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

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

 

HORROR/THRILLER

Blue Moon by Lee Child

Frankenstein* by Mary Shelly

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

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

A Headful of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

In the Woods by Tana French

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Poet by Michael Connelly

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

11/23/63 by Stephen King

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Book Thief* by Markus Zusak

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahisi Coates

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

 

STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST

The Book Thief*by Markus Zusak

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Internment by Samira Ahmed

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pride and Prejudice* by Jane Austin

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnely

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 

 

STRONG MALE PROTAGONIST

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

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

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Fahrenheit 451* by Ray Bradbury

Gutless by Carl Deuker

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Things Fall Apart* by Chinua Achebe

What Is the What by Dave Eggers

 

RELATABLE STORIES HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

A Separate Peace* by John Knowles

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

 

COMING OF AGE

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

Bless Me, Ultima* by Rudolfo Anaya

The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez

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

Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adbi Khorram

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

To Kill a Mockingbird* by Harper Lee

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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

 

 

English 3

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

League of Denial: the NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know  by Malcolm Gladwell

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger

Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Susan Cain

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Stamped: Racism, AntiRacism and You - Jason Reynolds, Abram X Kendi

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

*The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

The Faraway Brothers by Lauren Markham

*I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope by Chessy Prout

*Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town by Bryan Mealer

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

*The Writings On The Wall by Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

*Know My Name by Chanel Miller

A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel

Educated by Tara Westover

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

*Anything by David Sedaris

* indicates that students and parents may want to preview the work for mature language and/or content

 

English 4

ROMANCE

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Frankly In Love by David Yoon

The Importance of Being Earnest* by Oscar Wilde

Jane Eyre* by Charlotte Brontë

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride and Prejudice* by Jane Austen

Their Eyes Were Watching God* by Zora Neale Hurston

 

SCI FI, DYSTOPIAN,  POST APOCALYPTIC

1984* by George Orwell

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Brave New World* by Aldous Huxley

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Martian by Andy Weir

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Slaughterhouse-Five* by Kurt Vonnegut

Station Eleven by Emily St. Jean Mandel

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

 

MYSTERY

All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

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

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Room by Emma Donoghue

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Safon

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

 

HORROR/THRILLER

Blue Moon by Lee Child

Frankenstein* by Mary Shelly

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

A Headful of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Room by Emma Donoghue

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Refuge by Dina Nayeri

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahisi Coates

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

 

FAMILY DRAMA

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Joy Luck Club* by Amy Tan

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

We the Animals by Justin Torres

 

BOOKS WITH STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Circe by Madeline Miller

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

The Other Americans by Lalami, Laila

Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Their Eyes Were Watching God* by Zora Neale Hurston

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

BOOKS WITH STRONG MALE PROTAGONIST

A Farewell to Arms* by Ernest Hemingway

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

The Boy In The Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Fahrenheit 451* by Ray Bradbury

George Washington Gomez by Américo Paredes

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Things Fall Apart* by Chinua Achebe

 

RELATABLE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA

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

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Tradition by Brendon Kiely

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

 

COMING OF AGE

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

Dig by A.S. King

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Kite Runner* by Khaled Hosseini

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Where We Come From by Oscar Cásares

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

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