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June 17, 2012

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Offline Summer Reading Recommendations for Online High School Students

Posted: 15 Jun 2012 10:57 AM PDT

Dean of Instruction at Allied National High School

Charlotte Brontë ((PD-Art))
Charlotte Brontë

 It’s that time of year again, when sitting outside and sipping on an ice tea counts as an activity. Well, it counts if at least you are also reading a book.

Jane Austen ((PD-Art))
Jane Austen

Summer is a wonderful excuse for students everywhere to become their own masters of curriculum by creating a summer reading list. Reading books is one of the best ways a student can keep their mind fresh for the fall semester without feeling like they missed out on all the summer fun. Not to mention that it is cheapest way to do some summer traveling. So, please put down the movie tickets and pick up a book (or a Kindle, a Nook, etc.).

Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

My personal recommendations are all works of fiction simply because it is summer, and the mind should be allowed to wander into the fantastical. For those non-fiction readers, I would suggest that you check the New York Times book recommendations.

For those interested in the English classics, and perhaps a bit of summer romance, I would like to recommend the following:

For those readers more interested in adventure and travel I recommend the following:

Jack London
Jack London
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

My selections may seem old, but reading these books will give you hours of future conversation topics, and make you sound witty to boot! Even if you strongly dislike my recommendations, I encourage you to read whatever your heart desires this summer. You may also want to try reading a book with friends, giving you something to discuss on the lazy summer days to come.


  1. Thanks for including the whole post in your blog! It makes it so much easier to determine whether the post is important enough to read and/or share! A summer reading list is especially important to my own blog, and (as you know) one person can’t read everything! I rely on your blog as an excellent source for cyber-education! Thanks again.

    Comment by DrEMiller — June 18, 2012 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

    • Most items that come across my electronic desk related to K-12 distance education (and to a lesser extent mobile learning) I try to copy and paste them here for my readers.

      Comment by mkbnl — June 18, 2012 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on Eleanore's Ramblings… and commented:
    Do you have a teenager at home this summer? Remember to encourage them to read–in part to keep their skills up, in part for enjoyment and relaxation. This post is from one of my favorite bloggers, and shares a summer reading list that high school–and college–students may actually find enjoyable! It’s one thing when you “must” read a book and discuss it in class; it’s quite another to read the same book just for the sheer pleasure of its content!

    Comment by DrEMiller — June 18, 2012 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

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