10th Grade Summer Reading


Hello Everyone,

I cannot wait to meet all of you! I did get to meet a few students at the Family Night, and look forward to meeting everyone else. One thing you should know about me right from the start is that I am a total book freak, nerd, geek. I read ALL THE TIME. I also listen to audiobooks on my long commute back and forth from work. If you haven’t tried listening to audiobooks you should, many are free on YouTube.  

I thought it would be fun to share some books with you and connect with you throughout the summer. I created this page: https://www.facebook.com/SLAbeeberbooktalk  so we can discuss books, share pictures of our favorite titles, our reading nooks, and more. I am including a list of books that you might like. I have read many of them and most listed will be available in my classroom library.  I created the following list to help you find some fun summer reads. Also, don’t be afraid to read the classics. They might take a bit more patience and effort, but they are so worth it (Think SAT). Well, except for Wuthering Heights. I just really didn’t like that one, but maybe you will fall in love with it. Many people have.  You are required to read at least two books and share your reactions on FB. You may choose something from this list or choose your own book and add it to the list. Please don’t delete anything. Have a great summer, and don’t forget to read!



Leaness’ List


There are so many more, and some of my favorites I did not add because I am hoping to use them in class.


A few books listed below have Graphic Content (language, sex, drugs) Please discuss with your parent/guardian before reading these!


Dystopian Novels

House of the Scorpion

Hunger Games Series

Divergent Series

Maze Runner Series

The Selection Series

Matched Series

Uglies Series

Delirium Series

Unwind Series

Gone Series

The 5th Wave


Graphic Content

Handmaid’s Tale

The Circle


Social Issues/Coming of Age

Thirteen Reasons Why



One For the Murphy’s

Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Winter Girls

My Sister’s Keeper

This Song Will Save Your Life

Fat Kid Rules the World

Saint Iggy

Being Henry David

The Bluest Eye


The Future of Us

We Were Liars

The Edumacation of Jay Baker


Graphic Content

Go Ask Alice

Crank Series


Historical Fiction


Code Name Verity

Between Shades of Gray

Out of the Easy


Copper Sun

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

When the Emperor Was Divine

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Girl With The Pearl Earring

Sarah’s Key

The Things They Carried

Graphic Content

The Kite Runner

A Thousand Splendid Suns


The Color of Water

I Am Malala

Diary of Anne Frank

Black Boy

Born on a Blue Day

Steve Jobs

Tuesdays With Morrie

Into Thin Air

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Last Lecture

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


The Glass Castle

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier


The Fault in Our Stars

Looking For Alaska

Paper Towns

Anna and the French Kiss

This is What Happy Looks Like

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Geography of You and Me

If I Stay/Where She Went

Just Listen (or anything from Sarah Dessen)


Graphic Content

Eleanor and Park (language alert)

Where the Stars Still Shine




Fantasy/Sci Fi

Harry Potter Series

Enders Game

The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings Series

Cinder Series

Fallen Series

Twilight Series

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series

Fahrenheit 451


Miss peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series


Graphic Content

These Broken Stars

Shatter Me Series

Grasshopper Jungle



Classic Books to help prepare you for SAT

Have you read any?


Pride and Prejudice

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

The Awakening

The Red Badge of Courage

Don Quixote

The Three Musketeers

The Great Gatsby

The Scarlet Letter


Brave New World

The Metamorphosis

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Call of the Wild


The Bell Jar

The Catcher in the Rye

The Grapes of Wrath

Treasure Island

Uncle Tom’s Cabin


Slaughterhouse -Five

The Color Purple

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Native Son



Heart of Darkness


SparkNotes also has a series of novels designed for the SAT: http://www.sparknotes.com/satfiction/


On my To Be Read (TBR) List



Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Alias Grace

The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories

The Luxe

The Girl You Left Behind

The Bear

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Well’s End

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

The Beginning of Everything

All the Light We Cannot See

Heart of Darkness

House of the Scorpion

War and Peace (just kidding)


If you do not feel comfortable posting on the FB page you can email me at aleaness@slabeeber.org to talk about what you are reading.