If, as the 18th-century English essayist Sir Richard Steele suggested, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body," area high school students got plenty of exercise this past summer. Here are some of the other titles that appeared on reading lists for rising seniors:


All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren

As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

Benito Cereno, by Herman Melville

Bless the Beasts & Children, by Glenson Swarthout

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr.

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko

Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

Dancing on the Edge, by Han Nolan

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley

The Diagnosis, by Alan Lightman

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells Dubliners, by James Joyce

El Bronx Remembered, by Nicholasa Mohr

Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

The Farming of Bones, by Edwidge Danticat

Five Quarters of the Orange, by Joanne Harris

A Girl Named Disaster, by Nancy Farmer

Home of the Braves, by David Klass

Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

In This Sign, by Joanne Greenberg

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

Jubilee, by Margaret Walker

"King Lear," (and "Hamlet" and "Macbeth")

by William Shakespeare

The Kitchen God's Wife, by Amy Tan

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid

Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

Native Son, by Richard Wright

On the Beach, by Nevil Shute

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,

by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

A Passage to India, by E. M. Forster

Portrait in Sepia, by Isabel Allende

A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow

Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy

Rule of the Bone, by Russell Banks

Rules of the Road, by Joan Bauer

Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher

The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama

Shane, by Jack Schaefer

Shogun, by James Clavell

Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

The Stranger, by Albert Camus

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

True Grit, by Charles Portis

Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, by Michael Dorris


Among Schoolchildren, by Tracy Kidder

Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt

Fathering Words: The Making of an

African American Writer, by E. Ethelbert Miller

Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years,

by Sarah and Elizabeth Delaney

Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young

Black Man in America, by Nathan McCall

My Bridges of Hope: Searching for Life and

Love After Auschwitz, by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot

Profiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy

There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys

Growing Up in the Other America, by Alex Kotlowitz

Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington

The Water Is Wide, by Pat Conroy