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Summer Reading HS

Wondering what to read this summer? Check out this libguide for suggestions.


Welcome to our Summer Reading libguide. Click through the ideas and suggestions below and in the tabs on the left to keep reading all summer long.

What's my teacher reading this summer?

Babel by R. F. Kuang 

Mr.Paananen will read Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R. F. Kuang. From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a historical fantasy epic that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British Empire.

China's World View by David Daokui Li 

Mr. Paananen will read China's World View: Demystifying China to Prevent Global Conflict by David Daokui Li. A distinguished Chinese economist offers a timely, essential exploration of China’s perspective on economy, government, society, and its position in the world.

Children of Anguish and Anarchy by Tomi Adeyemi

Ms. Tyson will read Children of Anguish and Anarchy by Tomi Adeyemi. The earth-shattering and magical epic finale to the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy: Children of Anguish and Anarchy by the New York Times-bestselling author Tomi Adeyemi.

A Twisted Tale As Old as Time by Liz Braswell

Ms. Davenport will read the series A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. "They are pretty awesome. My favorite is Tale as Old as Time. I intend to read the rest of the series this summer," says Ms. Davenport.

Executive Orders by Tom Clancy

Mr. Kaburu will read #8 in the Jack Clancy series, Executive Orders by Tom Clancy. As President Jack Ryan faces mounting crises, he must navigate the intricacies of power and politics in this thrilling novel of high-stakes action and suspense.

One of Our Kind by Nicola Yoon

Mr. Rinka will read One of Our Kind by Nicola Yoon. Yoon's first novel for adults is "a slow-burn thriller that crosses the cinematic vectors of Get Out and Stepford Wives in a story about a young family that moves to a prosperous Black community, only to find that all is not as utopian as it seems," says The New York Times.

Prospero's Cell by Lawrence Durrell

Mr. Rinka will read Prospero's Cell by Lawrence Durrell. After World War II catapulted him back into a turmoiled world, Durrell never forgot the wonders of Corfu. Prospero's Cell is his magical evocation of the blazing Aegean landscape, brimming with memories of the places and people that changed him forever.

Solito by Javier Zamora

Ms. Valencia will read the memoir Solito by Javier Zamora. Javier Zamora's adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers.

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

Ms. Chang will read The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair. “What The Secret Lives of Color offers really is, in some sense, a flash portrait of human civilization, a zigzagging and unpredictable exploration of how significantly color has shaped histories and disciplines, fueled empires, changed the nature of war and caused species to flourish or face extinction.”

In Limbo by Deb JJ Lee

Ms. Donaldson will read In Limbo by Deb JJ Lee. It's a debut YA graphic memoir about a Korean-American girl's coming-of-age story—and a coming home story—set between a New Jersey suburb and Seoul, South Korea.

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

Ms. Marz will read the deliciously twisty new locked room murder mystery from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List and The Paris Apartment. In the shadows of an ancient wood, guests gather for the opening weekend of The Manor: a beautiful new countryside retreat. But under the burning midsummer sun, darkness stirs. Old friends and enemies circulate among the guests. And the candles have barely been lit for a solstice supper when the body is found.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Ms. Donaldson will read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. A startling debut novel from a powerful new voice featuring one of the most remarkable narrators of recent fiction: a conflicted subversive and idealist working as a double agent in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

Ms. Donaldson will read The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs. A heartfelt and eye-opening account of the life of a talented young man who struggled with the weight of his upbringing, ultimately leading to a tragic end.

From the Head of School

Recommended Reading Lists

Graduating seniors and anyone else who reads! Many colleges and universities publish a reading list for incoming freshmen. Be sure to check out your university's website. Check out UC Berkeley's summer reading list for incoming students HERE.

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