Summer Reading Recommendations

Regan Mies, Editor

Now I know, as we count down to the last day of school (and graduation for us seniors!), the absolute most pressing thing on everyone’s mind is what to read over summer break. Just think of all the free time we’ll have! And who wouldn’t fill that time with a nice novel? Most of us, maybe… but! If you are one of the lucky few who enjoys picking up a good book, I’ve compiled a list of teacher recommendations. Thanks, Herr Beck, Ms. Pasela, and Mr. Nydeen!

Herr Beck recommends The Forty Rules of Love: a Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak. The story is told over two parallel storylines—one about Rumi encountering his spiritual mentor in the thirteenth century and another about a contemporary, unhappily-married, forty-year-old literary agent.

Ms. Pasela says she loves The Power by Naomi Alderman.  Women evolve an electric shock they can use as a weapon, and the power structure of the world is effected by the changing circumstances.

Mr. Nydeen responded to my prompt with a quick list of favorites:

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman.  A fun superhero novel from the perspective of an Evil Genius, and a quick read with moments of comedy and comic book fun.

SUPER by Ernie Lindsey. A fun mystery involving a missing superhero and the search for a superhero assassin!  Good, quick read!

The Martian by Andy Weir. Great book of human survival and the will to live against impossible odds.

Off To Be the Wizard by Scott Meyers. What if you could control your life through codes on a computer?

Last Hours on Everest: The Gripping Story of Mallory and Irvine’s Fatal Ascent by Graham Hoyla. Great non-fiction story about the ill-fated attempt to scale Mt. Everest.

Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – BECAUSE!

Happy reading! And have a great summer!