HC Summer Reading Recommendations
While HC does not have summer assignments for any of its classes, the English department and the IMC promote independent reading as a way to develop the habits of lifelong reading, to discover passions, and to pursue personal inquiry and interests.
We encourage all students to read during the summer. What you read and how much is up to you, but first and foremost we recommend reading things you want to read.
Best seller lists from newspapers, Amazon, and popular reader sites like Goodreads.com are all great starting points for browsing classics or discovering the most popular new titles. Consider exploring a new genre like graphic novels or even a new platform like podcasts. Maybe you'd rather take a deeper dive into a genre you already love.
Sometimes, students and parents are interested in reading titles in advance of the school year. Because there is both breadth and variety in course level titles, I am available throughout the summer and can offer guidance on reading options. Students who are applying or considering applying to be in the National English Honor Society will have access to a writing prompt released in the fall, in response to the title A Place for Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza. Students taking honors and AP classes may want to look at the titles that have frequently been part of the AP Literature exam or the kinds of readings commonly found on the AP Language exam.
Also, consider setting personal goals for summer reading, whether it is a number of books, some famous book you always wanted to read, or a challenge to try a new genre. Who knows - you may discover something new about yourself or the world. We encourage parents to have conversations about reading and share favorite titles with their children, to help them see the role of reading in our lives. Enjoy.