Summer Reading


The Summer Reading Program at Suffield Academy reflects several important aims. First, we want to encourage our students to read outside of the classroom and beyond the school year. Additionally, we value the shared experience of all faculty and students reading a common text. Students should annotate their books as they read and expect to write and discuss the selections during the first few weeks of fall term. At a minimum, students must read the community text and choose one book from the reading list. However, students are encouraged to read throughout the summer and urged to choose two books from the reading list.

COMMUNITY TEXT: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Away Offshore: Nantucket Island and Its People by Nathaniel Philbrick
Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle
Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
Dear Evan Hansen:The Novel by Steven Levenson
Every Man in this Village is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan Stack
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt
Internment by Samira Ahmed
In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Midnight Rising: John Brown and The Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Pablo: Art Masters Series by Julie Birmant
Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man who left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Twenty Years at Hull-House by Jane Addams
The Ugly American by Bill Lederer and Eugene Burdic
The Undercover Economist: Exposing why the rich are rich, the poor are poor, and why you can never buy a decent used car by Tim Harford
The View from Lazy Point by Carl Safina
You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education by George Anders
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens