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My Awesome Summer Reading List 2021 -- August update



Because I started tutoring online this summer, my reading time has decreased significantly. However, I am still finding time to sit down and go through these books.


In addition, some of my students have books to read, and I am now reading to help them write reviews and prepare for essays.


For instance, “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo is one that I am thoroughly enjoying, and it was recommended to me by a student. I will write a review of it once I finish.


So, with some of these I am re-reading, others are new.

“Candide” by Voltaire.


“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

“The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo, reading

“The Johnstown Flood” by David McCullough, re-reading

“American Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War” by Paul Kahan


“The Great Santini” by Pat Conroy, abandoned after 2/3


“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte


“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (re-read), read


“The Sacred and the Profane” by William Michaels, read

“Red Scare” by Robert K. Murray, currently reading

“1984” by George Orwell (re-read)

“Banished from Johnstown: Racist backlash in Pennsylvania” by Cody McDevitt (re-read), currently reading.

“Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan” by Murray Polner and Jim O’Grady, carried over from Winter, currently reading.

Jude the Obscure (carried from last summer)

“The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain

Edgar Allan Poe

“The Fall of the House of Usher”

“The Purloined Letter”

“The Cask of Amontillado”

Shakespeare 2021


“Othello” completed in April.


“The Merchant of Venice” completed in April


“Macbeth’ completed in June


“The Tempest”

“King Lear”

“Richard the Second”

“Much Ado About Nothing”

Winter Final

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.R. Rowling, completed March 2021

“The Final Days” by Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein, completed March 2021

“The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene, completed April 26, 2021

“The Drifters” by James Michener: I gave up more than halfway through it. Too tedious, Michener is vastly overrated.

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving, completed April 2021

“Holes” by Louis Sachar, completed March 2021



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