Tuesday, October 02, 2012

What We're Reading: High School Edition

Don’t you love a good book? We sure do, and as part of our school-wide reading program, Novel Adventures, we are encouraging everyone - students and parents alike - to read and enjoy quality books for pleasure. If you haven’t already looked at the wonderful book lists we have available, you can find them here on our school website to use as a resource. But where’s the book list for us grown-ups, you might be asking? If the parents are going to give the kids a little competition in this reading program, we want some good book ideas too, right? 

Well, we’re working on a book list for High School and adults, but in the meantime, Down Home has some ideas for you. This blog series, “What We’re Reading” will be devoted to highlighting great books that different people or groups at our school are reading and recommending to others. We want to start off by suggesting to everyone the book choices off of our current SLOCA High School literature list. Our high schoolers will be reading some amazing books this year, so why not try one of two of these? 

Modern History and Literature:
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
Hiroshima - John Hersey
The Chosen - Chaim Potok
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood - Richard Kim

Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
Ghost Map - Steven Johnson

They will also be choosing one title from this list:
Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
Night - Elie Wiesel
Schindler’s List - Thomas Kenneally
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Schaeffer and Annie Barrows
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
The Thin Red Line - James Jones
Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Kitchen God’s Wife - Amy Tan
The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje

So if you want to start putting your own leaves on our Novel Adventures tree in the office and are looking for a tempting read, this is definitely a great place to start. Other books by any of the above authors are also worthwhile choices. We hope you’ll give one of these a try - you might be able to find some of these titles in the school bookstore.

Have you read any great books lately? Do you have a favorite title to recommend to fellow parents? Have you read any of the above choices and do you have a comment about one (or more) of them? Remember that books for our reading program need to be from an approved list, but regardless, it’s fun to share what we’re reading. Please comment below and let’s start talking about great books!


Unknown said...

I just re-read "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan and remembered how much I enjoy her writing and her stories. I am happy to see this list and get some other great book suggestions! Need to do my part to help fill out the tree! Thanks for the suggestions!

Unknown said...

This is Joy Newman, btw. :)

pennymalley said...

The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society is one of my very favorite books EVER. So fun to see it on this list! Hardest title to remember, but one of the best stories I've read. If you choose this book, take a minute and read the backstory on the author(s)... Truly a heart-warming tale.