I was one of those kids with her nose always in a book. I remember looking forward to high school because I heard older kids complaining about having to read a long list of books in their literature classes, and even over the summer! I couldn’t think of better homework than to read Great Expectations and then talk about it in class! Get this: I never got one of those formidable English teachers that required his students to actually read anything good. I specifically remember once, when my teacher on the first day of school said, “you will be happy to know that you will only have to read one book this semester…,” I was snobbishly disappointed while the other kids cheered.
So I skimmed through high school with not much more than Moby Dick (skeletally interpreted) and Where the Red Fern Grows (please, so middle school) under my literary belt. One day while dashing into B & N, I came up short at a stunning table. The sign was matter of fact: Summer Reading. Dickens, Elliot, Poe, Wells, Angelou, Salinger, and a million others. I felt neglected. This is what the high school kids are reading? I got out pen and paper and made my summer reading list, a tradition I would continue for many years. Have you missed out too? Allow me to be your teacher. I want ten books with reports out of you by the end of the summer. 10 pt Times New Roman, double spaced. Happy reading! Here are some suggestions to get you started: