Summer Reading Book List Ideas from EDUKAN

Summer means downtime, right, but don’t let your curiosity, reading skills and bankable knowledge slide. Colleges and universities have book lists that they share and the list can be pretty daunting.

What are you reading?

We’ve put together some lists for students from high school to college and even leisure reading which will also keep your skills active and ready for Fall classes!

Check out these suggestions and let us know what you’re reading.

Leisure Reading

Elle Magazine has published their list of books for summer – find out more here

Mental Floss published their suggestions for incoming Freshman to read (we’re sharing because it’s not an official book list and interesting)- find out more here 

And if you’re a Kindle owner and participate in Good Reads, you can check out these titles to read – find out more here

Suggestions for High School Students

Contemporary Authors
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Warton
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
The Classics
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Selected Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Suggestions for College Students

Contemporary Authors
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth by Richard Wright
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Classics
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Enjoy your summer and keep reading!