My Summer Reading List 2017:

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – an excellent read if you like young adult lit about a cutter.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – great twist on Abraham Lincoln’s son’s death.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – interesting read about an 1800’s magic circus whose orphans surpass anyone’s expectations.

For my freshmen honors students:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – I am interested to see which of these students actually remember this book when we get to To Kill a Mockingbird at the end of the school year.

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario – Love this nonfiction piece to help students start to think about Homer’s Odyssey while reflecting on their relationships with their parents.


For my regular junior students:

(below are the ones from the main list that I read)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – great read if you wanted to know more about Thor and his relatives. This book tells a different tale than the Marvel Movies.

Grunt by March Roach – surprising information about soldiers (men, in particular) and how war affects them since so many are able to survive their tours of duty more than ever before.

The Reader by Traci Chee – one I was unable to really get into; I’m just not one who is attracted to fantasy.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland – If you loved other YAL couple books, like Fault in Our Stars or Eleanor and Park, you’ll enjoy how Henry and Grace hook up.

Project 1065 by Alan Gratz – A twist on the WWII story tells the tale of Irish-born Michael O’Shaunessey’s teen angst against Hitler while being a Hitler Youth Cadette.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – I didn’t realize that a movie was made for this book, I came across it on Amazon, but this story focuses on Ove’s found family when all he wants is a way out of life.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds – I am betting that this novel will be popular among my male students. Even though it focuses on a rough life of an up and coming track star with the self-given nickname, Ghost, students of either gender can appreciate the coming of age story of this teen finding his own identity.