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Summer Reading at East Side: 11th Grade

Some books from the English Reading Booklist

11th Grade English Summer Reading Booklist

You need to read 1 book from this list and 2 more books of your choice! See the reading assignment for more details!


Beloved by Toni Morrison

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin

House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Contemporary Bestsellers:

Beartown by Frederik Backman 

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 

The Stand by Stephen King

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Dietland by Sarai Walker

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

Half A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Lock in by John Scalzi

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henríquez

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas 

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Patron Saint of Nothing by Randy Ribay 


Memoir/ Biography/Nonfiction:

Educated by Tara Westover

Stamped by Jason Reynolds

Hunger by Roxane Gay

This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Grace after Midnight by Felicia Pearson

Breaking Night by Liz Murray

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler 

Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw 

The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nahisi Coates

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Rob Bell 

The Boys in The Boat by Daniel James Brown

You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson 

How it Feels to Fight For Your Life by Jill Krementz

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

New York Times Summer Reading Contest

2023 Teens' Top Ten Contest

2023 Teens' Top 10 Contest

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online in August and September; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.

  1. All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir. Razorbill. 
  2. Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate. Disney Hiperion.
  3. Blackwater by Jeanette Arroyo and Ren Graham. Henry Holt and Co.
  4. Crumbs by Danie Stirling. Clarion Books.
  5. Dig Two Graves by Gretchen McNeil. Disney Hyperion.
  6. Don't Look Back: A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America by Achut Deng and Keely Hutton. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 
  7. Five Survive by Holly Jackson. Electric Monkey.  
  8. Gallant  by VE Schwab. Greenwillow Books.
  9. Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh. Feiwel & Friends. 
  10. Gleanings: Stories from Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Simon &Schuster Books for Young Readers. 
  11. Gold Mountain by Betty Yee. Carolrhoda. 
  12. I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys. Penguin.
  13. Icebreaker by Hannah Gold. Pig and Bear Publishing.
  14. The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman. Clarion Books.
  15. Lakelore by Anna-Maria McLemore. Feiwel & Friends. 
  16. Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes. Balzer + Bray.
  17. Lia and Beckett's Abracadabra by Amy Noelle Parks. Harry N. Abrams. 
  18. Lightlark by Alex Aster. Harry N. Adams. 
  19. Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of an Wuhanese American by Laura Gao. Balzer + Bray.
  20. A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.
  21. My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel. Harry N. Adams. 
  22. Nothings Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk. Versify. 
  23. Nothing More to Tell by Karen McManus. Delacorte Press. 
  24. The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra. Disney. 
  25. Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer. HarperTeen. 

Some Books from the Teens' Top Ten List 2023