Summer Reading Suggestions by English Department Faculty

Summer is halfway over, but there are still plenty of long hot days ahead! A good book is always a great way to beat the heat and fill long summer afternoons, whether you are by the pool, in the mountains, traveling, or just staying cool at home.

These titles, chosen by English Department faculty, are their suggestions for some of their favorites — and whether you’re re-reading them or reading them for the first time, we hope you’ll find something inspiring in this list of great books.

Suggestions from Marta Pauly:
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Jubilee by Margaret Walker (A great story often overlooked!)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Kite-Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Howards End by E. M. Forster
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda N Adichie
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Albert Urrea
Any book by Jane Austen

Suggestions from Pat Crandall:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Dune by Frank Herbert
Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

Suggestions from Kacey Johnston:
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Name of the Wind series by Patrick Rothfuss
The Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare
Any book by Neil Gaiman

Suggestions from Marin Flint:
Christy by Catherine Marshall
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Suggestions from Tara Kneale:
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret and Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Suggestions from Shelly Long De Mendoza:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krososzka
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Educated by Tara Westover
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Suggestions from Henry Hamilton:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Anthem by Ayn Rand