Click on the tab below that corresponds to your grade/course to find brief information on the required additional reading..
There are 10 books to choose from this year, and the committee tried hard to get a variety of different kinds of books, in hopes that by letting you pick your book, you'll be more likely to enjoy it. Ask around (Librarians are a good choice) if you want a recommendation. If you like what you pick, you won't need the rest of this list.
Of course, for some of you, even a book entitled Book that is About Your Exact Favorite Thing in the Entire World is going to seem like homework (or a chore, or a punishment). In that case, read on...
I mean, yes, we are asking you to read a book, and that may not be a choice you'd normally make for vacation, but simply having a positive mindset about doing it will make it less painful.
If you have any questions at all as to WHY we want people to read over the summer, just ask.
If reading's not your favorite, try to spread it out over time; read a little bit each day instead of putting it off and having to do it all at once. 5 pages (or 15 minutes) per day will get you through any book on the list.
If reading isn't a normal activity for you, find a comfortable "reading spot" and associate that place with the activity of reading.
If you can overcome Phone Separation Anxiety, set your mobile devices aside (unless you're reading on one, in which case, do your best to prioritize reading and minimize other features that may be distractions). If you really want to involve your device, there are lots of links on this site to help you with your book.
Reading doesn't have to be a solitary activity. Even if you aren't reading the same books, you might be able to share ideas about the themes, or someone may be able to help you understand what you are reading. You, and your friend, will get more value out of a discussion than you would if you just Schmoop. Another option engage via GoodReads.
On that note (ha ha... puns), here's some suggestions about annotating (the additional act of taking notes on your text as you read...
WHERE do you annotate?
WHAT should you annotate?
HOW do you annotate?
WHEN should you annotate?