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10 Books for Your Students’ Summer Reading List

10 Books for Your Students’ Summer Reading List

By Janet Pinto

There’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book—and reminding your students of how wonderful this is during the summer months, when they’re out of the classroom.

There are plenty of summer-reading lists for students out there, but we decided to do ours differently: We featured what we consider one of the most memorable quotes from each book. These are the quotes that made us pick up the book and read it.

Share this list (or the fun graphic at the bottom!) with your students and let them be inspired by the quotes just as we were.

 

#10: The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

great gatsby

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

Buy it here

 

#9: Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley

brave new world

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

Buy it here

 

#8: World War Z

by Max Brooks

world war z

“The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. ‘Fear,’ he used to say, ‘fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe.’”

Buy it here

 

#7: The Magician’s Nephew

by C.S. Lewis

nephew

“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”

Buy it here

 

#6: Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

farenheit

“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”

Buy it here

 

#5: The Secret History

by Donna Tartt

secret history

“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”

Buy it here

 

#4: Catch 22

by Joseph Heller

catch 22

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

Buy it here

 

#3: 1984

by George Orwell

1984

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

Buy it here

 

#2: Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver

poinsonwood

“Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.”

Buy it here

 

#1: The Princess Bride

by William Goldman

princess bride

“You are trying to kidnap what I have rightfully stolen, and I think it quite ungentlemanly.”

Buy it here

Use this infographic to share these books with your students!

summer reading list

If you’re looking for additional summer activities, check out Curriki, a great site with thousands of free educational resources, videos, games and more. For example, Curriki features many different reading lists, such as Books for Boys and Tweens Who are Reluctant Readers from StorySnoop. Or, if you want to learn how to program, here’s a free, online workshop called Getting Started with Java using Alice that teaches basic Java programming techniques.

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