Suggested Reading for 2018-19 English Classes

These books have been suggested by your teachers for your enjoyment and learning throughout the summer.  Required? No. Suggested? Yes. And, if a book looks interesting to you and you are NOT enrolled in that class, read it anyway!  

English 1 (Ms. Lee)

  • Lord of the Flies
  • Between Shades of Gray
  • A Separate Peace

Honors English I (Mrs. Stone)

  • Peace Like a River
  • The Odyssey (any translation)

AP Literature – 2 from the following (Mrs. Stone)

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • 1984
  • Cat’s Cradle
  • Frankenstein
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • As I Lay Dying

Non-Fiction and Short Story Literature (Ms. Cook)

  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker (fiction, Pulitzer Prize)
  • Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey (non-fiction)
  • A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard (non-fiction)
  • Red, Terry Tempest Williams (non-fiction)
  • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
  • Still Life, Alice Munro (short stories)
  • The Kite Runner, Housseni (fiction)
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut (fiction)
  • Dune, Frank Herbert (sci-fi)
  • Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee (especially if you have read To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (true crime)
  • Olive Kittredge Elizabeth Strout (fiction, 2009 Pulitzer Prize)
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison (fiction, 1988 Pulitzer Prize)
  • The Game of Thrones, Book One and series, George Martin
  • The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara (historical fiction–Pulitzer Prize, 1975)

Mythology and Science Fiction (Ms. Cook and Mr. Post)

  • Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  • A Lake in the Woods, Tim O’Brien
  • The Hobbit, Tolkein
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-Lewis Carol
  • War of the Worlds-H.G. Wells
  • I, Robot-Isaac Asimov
  • Dune-Frank Herbert
  • American Gods-Neil Gaiman
  • Childhood’s End-Arthur C. Clarke
  • Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury

Short Story (Ms. Skudrzyk)

    • Any short stories by the following authors:
      • Jack London, Katherine Mansfield, Langston Hughes, Amy Tan, Edgar Allen Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gillman

Poetry (Ms. Skudrzyk)

  • The following novels are written in all poems:
    • The Crossover & Soul (both by Alexander Kwame
  • I highly recommend indulging in any of the works by the following poets:
    • William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, & anyone else you are drawn to!

There are some awesome collections out there! Have fun exploring them!

Honors American Lit and Teen Lit (Mr. Schroetlin)

  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The House of Mirth
  • Sister Carrie
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