• 2018 Summer Reading for Language Arts: Bloomington High School South

    Please note: students should have books available to them for classroom use, either on paper or electronically, when school starts.

    9HD – Read ONE
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford or The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 

    10HD – Read ONE
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri (contains adult content)

    AP Literature and Composition-- (12th grade)

    Students should read AT LEAST one of the paired sets of novels below (that is, a minimum of two novels). Students are encouraged to read more than one pairing.

    Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

    The Awakening – Kate Chopin


    Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

    Beloved – Toni Morrison


    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    The Quiet American--Graham Greene 

    Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
    A Passage to India -- E.M. Forster 

    Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

    Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen 

    ACP W131 –
    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    AP English Language and Composition-- (11th grade)

    Students enrolling in AP Language and Composition are expected to read ONE NONFICTION BOOK from authors on the list below. Any book chosen must be at least 200 pages long and not have been adapted as a film.  If you would like suggestions about which authors to choose, please see the Goodreads website or this list 50 Great Nonfiction Books. You can also consult AP teachers Erin Crowley, Kathleen Mills, Kyla Tosti, or Susie Shelton. 

    Students will take an assessment on their summer reading. Teachers may assign personal writing, an oral presentation, an analytical paper, or some other way in which students will be held accountable for the reading and note-taking they completed over the summer. It is not necessary to take notes on separate paper, but marking items of note in the book, either written in or on sticky notes, is a good idea. 

    Edward Abbey

    Diane Ackerman

    Hannah Arendt

    Isaac Asimov

    Wendell Berry

    Sven Birkerts

    William F. Buckley

    Ian Buruma

    Truman Capote

    Nicolas Carr

    Rachel Carson

    Charles Darwin

    Richard Dawkins

    Jared Diamond

    Joan Didion

    Annie Dillard

    W.E.B. DuBois

    Barbara Ehrenreich

    Loren Eiseley

    Dave Eggers

    M. F. K. Fisher

    Jonathan Safran Foer

    Shelby Foote

    Thomas Friedman

    Paul Fussell

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Atul Gawande

    Jane Goodall

    Stephen Jay Gould

    David Grann 

    David Halberstam

    Christopher Hitchens

    Edward Hoagland

    bell hooks

    Pauline Kael

    Tracy Kidder

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Naomi Klein

    Lewis Lapham

    Barry Lopez

    Bill McKibben

    John McPhee

    N. Scott Momaday

    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    George Orwell (not Animal Farm) 

    Steven Pinker

    Michael Pollan

    Rick Reilly

    Mordecai Richler

    Richard Rodriguez

    Carl Sagan

    Scott Russell Sanders

    Simon Schama

    Leslie Marmom Silko 

    Peter Singer

    Susan Sontag

    Shelby Steele

    Paul Theroux

    Lewis Thomas

    Henry David Thoreau

    John Updike

    Gore Vidal

    Sarah Vowell

    Jonathan Weiner

    Terry Tempest Williams

    E.O. Wilson