Students reflect on the summer’s reading assignments.

By Grace Call, ‘20

It seems that during the hustle of the school year, there isn’t much time to read anything other than the assigned pages from a dreaded textbook. Summer is the perfect time to kick back with a book of choice and read for pleasure instead of for homework. We asked students about their summer reading for the ‘19-’20 school year, and here are the results:

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Some choice books read by students include The Picture of Dorian Gray, Room, City of Thieves, Code Name Verity, Pride and Prejudice, A Man Called Ove, and according to one student, six American history books plus The Odyssey and The Iliad. Another student reported that they read a book written by their grandfather. 

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It seems that some students went beyond their required texts and read other books of their choice, but if they did, most only continued with one or two more. Over half of the students who completed the survey did not read any additional books. 

We interviewed a student from each grade level about their summer reading. 

Senior Emi Harned is enrolled to take IB lit as her last English class here at the high school. She was required to read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and chose to read 1Q84 by as her choice book.

Junior Emily Keeler, planning to take English Language and Composition, was required to read a book of her choice. She read One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus and expressed her liking for it, especially how “each chapter was told in a different person’s point of view”. 

For her HSLC class, sophomore Catherine Dolbow was required to read Wallace’s Big Fish as well as a choice book. “I thought Big Fish wasn’t that bad until the end which I thought was really bad,” Dolbow said. 

Freshman Kennedy Foulke is preparing to start her Honors Freshman Literature and Composition class. She read The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet from the list of required books to choose from, and a biography on Van Gogh called Vincent and Theo as her choice book. She “really enjoyed it and the way it told the life of Vincent Van Gogh through the letters he sent to his brother” and thought it was “a creative take on a biography”.