June 24, 2010


Shmoop is a Beta site filled with study guides and teacher resources on a wide variety of topics. They have a put together a list of 20 recommended reads for students (tweens & teens) to check out this summer. It's a great list, with a combination of YA and Adult books put together by their members.

The Top 20 Books for Students to Read in Summer 2010*
In order of most votes

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Reader’s Edition, by Michael Pollan

Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

* As voted on by teachers & librarians

I've read 8 of the ones listed and decided to read the other 12 over the summer.



  1. I've read 10/20. Started The Help yesterday so will soon be at 11.

  2. Some of the above books are on my favourite- books-of-all-time list..... but I haven't been a student in many a year (officially at school, that is! Always learning though.....)