All US students enrolled in Honors or PreAP classes will read three books: the community book, a book from the English Department list, and a book from the Independent Choice list (see the tab to the left for more information on these books).
There is plenty of information about books on the web. Instead of randomly choosing a book, take a little time to read about on your choices. A simple way to start is to paste the title into the search box on Amazon.com. Most books listed there include a synopsis and some reviews. Moreover, your can often click on the "Look Inside" feature and read the first few pages.
Visit a local bookstore and ask for recommendations. The Midtown Reader has an incredibly knowledgeable staff who can help you choose a book. (Click here to visit the store's website)
If you don’t enjoy reading, ask your teacher or an older student to recommend a book to you, or take extra time to be sure you find an interesting title.
Don’t wait until the last minute to read your summer books. If you don’t understand what you’re reading, you won’t have time to stop and figure it out.
While you read, make sure you can answer some basic questions about the book, such as those listed below. If you have forgotten these details by the time you get back to school, you didn’t really read the book.
- What is the main conflict?
- Who are the main characters?
- What is the setting?
- Why did you choose to read this book?
- Would you recommend this book to your friends? Why or why not?
- How did this book help you evaluate your own personal experiences?
- What light does the book shine on our shared human condition?