2012 Summer Reading

The folks over at teach.com created a summer reading flow chart just for you! In between summer jobs, socializing, and sleeping, you may find yourself in need of a book - many of these texts are available free online, or even better free from your local library.

This list contains fiction and non-fiction books for all tastes. There are a few graphic novels, although I would add Watchmen if you haven't read it yet. Think about the classes you need to take in the Fall. If you have to take U.S. History, I can definitely recommend McCollough's John Adams. For you Administration of Justice majors, try Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Something to consider, even if you aren't looking forward to psychology, sociology, or English (how can that be?), these are all GREAT books that will keep you entertained.

So what's on your reading list?
Summer Reading Flowchart

Via Teach.com and USC Rossier Online


  1. I have to say that this collection of various works of literature is quite hilarious when you put everything into context of the individual books and their stories. It also brought a large smile on my face when I saw "Catch-22" and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" since those are two of my favorite books of all time; however, asking any non-reader to smash through those books will leave them saying "I'm cold, I'm cold" and I SHOULD say "There, there" but pity to the fools who think they can tackle these two works. I for one was quite impressed with the great amounts of non-American works of literature and there's the obligatory list of American Literature "must reads" like "The Great Gatsby", "Of Mice and Men", or "Fahrenheit 451" that can intrigue the average reader or non-reader. I chuckled when I saw the phrase "Teenage Angst" and "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger wasn't the book of choice. What's even more surprising is the lack of one of my all-time favorites, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey. It's a fairly "old" book, but a good one for summer reading is "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher because it's one hell of a quick read that'll keep you entranced the entire way through.

  2. I highly recommend all books by John Green! He is my favorite author ever. My favorite books by him are The Fault In Our Stars and Looking for Alaska. I'm sure many of you have heard of these books, but if not then you're missing out! Any of his books (including these two books) are great for teens and young adults, if you're an adult at heart then these books are perfect for you! The reason why I love his work is because his work involve mystery, young love, friendship, reality checks, life quotes, tragedy, heartbreak, and and simplicity all at once. His books are usually a love story or about strong friendships. While reading his books, he'll rip your heart out and sew it back together by the end of the novel. My preference of books I am interested in are books that I can relate to. I love these kinds of books because they always leave me with a different perspective on life itself and how I live my own life. They help me realize and appreciate things I never did before. Never have I came across any one of his books where I was not satisfied or content by the end. Many of his books have even brought me to tears. I highly recommend any book by John Green! He can make your heart flip with every book and keep your mind wanting more.

  3. I found the vast array of books in this collection interesting. Some I have read from high school, but others I am genuinely interested in. I really want to read Ender's Game because I have heard only good things about it. I am pretty surprised that nothing by Dan Brown or James Patterson is on this list. I really am a fan of Dan Brown, with his unique way of mixing both fiction and real life facts/evidence. When i am older and have some more free time, I will result back to his page to find a good read.

  4. Although we are heading towards the winter time and out of fall, I always have a reading list to complete in between classes and sleep. I am currently finishing up Neil Gaiman’s, “Coraline,” and half way done with H.G. Well’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” The next books I plan to tackle during my two week winter vacation are Charles Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol,” Steve Martin’s, “Shopgirl,” and William Faulkner’s, “Absalom, Absalom.” I always have a list of books which I keep track of, usually consisting of three to four books, and I add a new book as I finish current reads. I have a lot of unread books, and my goal is to read through them by the end of 2015. My summer reading list extends year-round in order to continue my reading habits, and keep my mind as sharp as I can keep it. Reading is the best invention humanity has inherited, and I intend to exploit the inheritance down to its last ounce.

  5. As a non-reader, who is trying to find more books to read for entertainment, not only is this chart helpful but so are everyone's comments. I have been wanting to get into the habit of reading and I have been wondering for a long time where to start. This chart is very helpful, I liked how the chart had a large variety of books in order to touch on everyone's interest. When I first started looking through the chart I didn't think I would find any books that I would actually go out and purchase but to my surprise there were several.There were some books I read, and shockingly liked, in high school like "Animal Farm" and "The Great Gatsby". Books like those (and my interest in Fifty Shades of Grey) is what made me want to start reading regularly. I also love watching movies and this list had a great amount of books that both movies i've seen, and wanted to see, were based on. I do plan on coming back to this list and picking up a few of the books on it.

  6. I do not like reading for entertainment but after seeing this chart I feel somewhat motivated to read the books that I got by following the steps. When I was in middle school and elementary I loved reading. I read all of the Magic Tree house books and in midde school I read the twilight series. As I got older I stopped reading and when reading was assigned for homework, I would usually skim trought it. Everything changed when I entered college becuase it is very necessary to read the assigned readings. Now that I am use to reading, I think that I am able to read for entertainment. The books that I got by following this chart are The Bund Assasin, The Lovely Bones and Room. They all seem very entertaining and when winter brake comes I hope I can read one.


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