Summer Book List

I have a YA Lit summer class that requires me to read 15 books in 4 weeks… Yes, I said 15 books in 4 weeks. We got a list of categories and options and my tentative selections are as follows:

Contemporary Adult Fiction:

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Contemporary Adolescent Fiction:


Feed – M. T. Anderson

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

“Classic” Adolescent Fiction:


The Diary of A Young Girl – Anne Frank

Multicultural Adolescent Literature:


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

Monster – Walter Dean Myers



Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow – Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Fiction with Themes of Gender & Sexual Identity:


Ask the Passengers – A. S. King

Graphic Texts:

maus mausII

Maus I & II – Art Spiegelman

Genre Fiction:


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Books in a Series:


The Lord of the Rings Series – J. R. R. Tolkien

Your Choice:

sweetsleepinggiantsSleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel

SWEET – Emmy Laybourne

I got the list of options and got started immediately. Sleeping Giants & SWEET are already checked off the list! A few of these are re-reads, and I’m really excited about all of them!


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10 responses to “Summer Book List

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  3. Marilyn

    WOW! 15 books in four weeks. Good luck in your reading and enjoy.

  4. Oh man that is a LOT. Good luck! Hopefully the class is awesome & you love it.

  5. That’s a LOT of reading in 4 weeks! But you’ve made some awesome choices. This might be a stupid question, but can you do audio books? I highly recommend the audio book of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Alexie reads it himself and it’s just phenomenal. One of my all-time favorite books.

    • Yes, I can!! I’ve had the LOTR books on audio for years because they’re amazing in that medium, so I’ll definitely try Alexie that way. Thanks so much for the suggestion!!

  6. Holy cow! 15 books in four weeks! I suppose that could do done – I mean, a class calls for what, 3 hour of ‘studying’ per week per credit, right? So I guess they’re assuming 36 hours of reading in those four weeks (assuming of course your class is 3 credits..). That… might be doable for that many books. xD Either way, it sounds like fun homework to me, especially with all those good books in there!! Hope you get it all done and like all your books!

    • Yeah, it’s a big task, which is why I’m getting started early! We’ll see if I survive. Your break down helps, too; helps me think of it as totally do-able. Thanks!

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