High School Summer Reading

It’s that time of year when school ends and the all the glory of summer begins! Rather than waiting until the very last week of August to find the books on your high school reading list, consider checking them out now. As a librarian, I get a lot of questions about which books from the list I would recommend. Here are some of the titles that I think a lot of students actually enjoy reading:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley- This is a great story that doesn’t take forever to read. It begins with the rescue of Victor Frankenstein by an expedition ship headed to the North Pole. As he recovers aboard, Dr. Frankenstein tells the Captain the horrible story behind the creation of his monster. The language can be a little challenging, but once you get used to it, the story moves quickly.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien- This is a collection of short stories about soldiers and the things they carried during their tours in Vietnam. This is a nice change of setting for readers who prefer something more modern. The short story format also breaks up the text nicely.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card- In this futuristic world, Ender trains at the Battle School along with other select children to fight against the imminent invasion of an enemy alien race. This book is longer than some, but it’s exciting and a good choice even for readers who are not fans of science fiction.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- If you like romance, this is an excellent choice. It’s witty and the characters are wonderful. There is also a very good TV mini-series that helps bring the story to life if you have a hard time imagining the time period. But honestly, if you don’t like romance, skip this one!

Animal Farm by George Orwell- Animal Farm is a classic because of its literary merit. But it’s also a fun story to read! Orwell gets his point across in a remarkably short book that is funny, interesting and thought-provoking.

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