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Classic Summer Reads

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The summer months during high school were some of the greatest times of the year as a kid! One could hang out all day, listen to music, go swimming and get a full nights rest. However, some if not a majority of schools at the time decided to require students to read during the summer. It sounds like an easy task to take on but in reality a student puts off the book(s) during the first month of vacation, thinking that they have plenty of time…..Then August rolls around and they are left to scramble and dive into hundreds of pages since they haven’t cracked open a single book all summer!

Those summer reading lists brought a moment of grief to many students. But moving into the college years, the thought of only having to write a two-page book report or take a simple test sounds so much better than the stress of summer internships, classes and jobs.

When I discussed summer reading with some of my classmates and picked their brains a bit regarding their memories of it, the immediate response was, “that was so long ago! I can barely remember what I read.” In reality, the ghosts of summer reading books are still nestled in our subconscious somewhere, and they taught us a lot of things which are beneficial to our lives today.

Megan Larson, a Junior at Sac State remembers reading William Golding’s Lord of the Flies during high school. “We watched the movie in class and the message of the book was real exciting,” she said.

Some summer reading books weren’t always such a drag. I can personally remember reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird one summer and genuinely enjoyed it.

Looking back now, what’s the sentiment toward those summer assignments?

“It’s nice not having to do summer reading because now I can read on my own,” Larson said. But she continued, saying, “summer reading was definitely beneficial in getting a head start on work for the school year and maintaining skills over the summer.”

Below are six of the more commonly assigned summer reading books. What books were you asked to read? Did you have any favorites? Comment below to add some of your favorite summer reading books!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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