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Non-Required Summer Reading

Non-Required Summer Reading 2018


Mrs. Haggard suggests that you read at least 2 books this summer: one for fun and one for growth.  There are lots of suggestions below.  Also check Ms. Cozzens’ library page for her recommendations. Ms. Cozzen's page


Please post your reading with this hashtag: #DragonsNRSR2018.  Or you can tweet it to me @CHSBookeater.  Photos of you reading in an exotic locale are optional. 


Where can you find books?
Two free audiobooks a week now through July:
Our OverDrive Library: Get eBooks and audiobooks here. You will need your login info.  User Name should be the numbers in your CHS email/Schoology account.  Password is your birthday in this format: 5/4/2002
Collierville Burch Library:  If you don't have a library card, this is a great time to get one!  The Library has a summer reading program for teens, and you can even win prizes for participating.  Also check out their bookstore, which is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 to 5 for bargain books you can buy.  You can find a flyer below with info on summer programs at the library.  More library info at 


For Fun

Here’s your chance to read the series you haven’t had time to finish or that new book by an author you like or the book a friend recommended to you. Anything that you would consider fun reading.  Think “beach read” or reading just because you want to read the book.  This is a highly personal choice and will be different for each person, but if you need ideas, here are some lists to help you get started. For more suggestions, click on the CHS Dragon Readers link at the right.


YALSA’s Top 10:  


VSBA List:  or to the 2018-19 list and scroll down to high school on the bottom.)


For Growth

Read something that will make you think or help you learn something new. This is not necessarily something that you’d read in class, although it could be.  Think even bigger:  something that would help you organize your time better or a book that would inspire you to be more.  Nonfiction seems like an obvious choice here, but you could also choose a story about someone from another culture or time that opens a new lens on the world for you. If you need a suggestion, try one of the titles below.  Or check out the Reading without Walls Challenge or the list of diverse books below.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Successby Carol S. Dweck

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teensby Sean Covey

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom

The Underground Railroad: a Novel by Colson Whitehead (Memphis Read selection for 2018)

Nonfiction by Erik Larsen, Nathaniel Philbrick, Steve Sheinkin

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


Reading without Walls


Diverse books

Reading can build empathy for people whose lives are different than yours: different country, culture, race, gender, etc.  Try one or more of the titles listed below:

  • Any title by Jason Reynolds: The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys, Long Way Down
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
  • Saints and Misfits by S K Ali
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes
  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Garnder
  • The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss
  • #notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women
  • Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope and Living to Change the World by Paige Rawl
  • I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • March: Books 1, 2 & 3 by John Lewis
  • Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince