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  • Summer readingIt is summer reading time! That's when we get to catch up on what’s new and exciting in publishing. Our summer reading list is primarily recreational. Its purpose is to connect our learners with resources they may enjoy.

    We generally keep the list relatively short – under one hundred books so as not to overwhelm. We are mindful of genre and diverse interests. We focus on contemporary publications - the last two years or so, but we also include a few classics. We aim for balance between young adult and adult literature.

    Keeping in mind that our library users include young teens and adults, our list is thematically comprehensive. Not every book is for every library user. Selection is part of the reading process and we encourage young readers to be reflective about their choices - to contextualize them with their personal and family values. Readers are encouraged to consult reviews and publisher notes to make predictions about whether a book will suit their interests and to switch to a different book when one falls short of their expectations. There are so many books to enjoy. Summer is not the time to slog through a book that holds little appeal.

    As in previous years, New Canaan (town) Library runs dynamic Summer Reading Program. We send our copies of the summer reading books to the town library so students may borrow them over the summer months. We carry as many titles as are available in both eBook and audiobook format. Students may use Destiny, our online catalog, to access those formats. They can text the library at (615) 669 6670 if they need help. 

    We aggregate our summer reading list in GoodReads - which is a social book recommendation site (see below). The entire NCHS learning community is invited to connect, share what they are reading, rate books, and write reviews. Again, the list is here, and the tabs at the bottom of the sheet allow viewers to switch organization – title, author, genre, etc.


NCHS Summer Reading 2018

#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
All Systems Red
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Amanda Wakes Up
liked it
From Ms. Luhtala: I bought this book after listening to an interview with the author on NPR. Alisyn Camerota co-anchors CNN's New Day, she has co-anchored CNN Tonight. Before working at CNN, she worked at Fox News for 16 years. The autho...
tagged: summer-reading-2018
And I Darken
tagged: summer-reading-2017, to-read, and summer-reading-2018
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Artificial Condition
tagged: summer-reading-2018
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
The Astonishing Color of After
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Beautiful Ones
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Black Panther & the Crew: We Are the Streets
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Bluebird, Bluebird
really liked it
From Ms. Luhtala: As many students at New Canaan High School know, I am a sucker for a good mystery. I nearly named by dog Bosch after my favorite fictional detective (I chose not to because one of my librarian friends DID name her dog B...
tagged: 10th-grade-booktalks-2017, to-read, and summer-reading-2018
Born to Run
tagged: summer-reading-2017 and summer-reading-2018
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Carve the Mark
tagged: summer-reading-2017, to-read, and summer-reading-2018
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Clockwork Dynasty
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Cost of Living
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: This was a fascinating book. I picked it up because the 9th grade English teachers assigned it as a choice book for the speech controversial issue project and while I'd heard the author interviewed and was intrigued, I ...
tagged: to-read, nonfiction-reads, hamill-march-2018-pd-8, and summer-readi...
Dear Martin
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Devils Within
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Dreamland Burning
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Educated: A Memoir
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: I loved this book! It is the powerful memoir of a young woman who was raised in a survivalist household in rural Idaho. She was "off the radar" for much of her childhood, never having attended school or visited a doctor...
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Eight Rivers of Shadow
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Electric Arches
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Exit West
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: Exit West is a beautiful book that oozes melancholy. It is a book about holding on, letting go, and finding peace in a turbulent world. It is a love story and a migration story, and while a work of fiction, I am guessin...
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Fates Divide
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
The Great Alone
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
really liked it
From Ms. Luhtala: I read this book because the author was scheduled to speak at the Westport library. I started it and immediately recommended it to Ms. Chaisson for her grandson who is in middle school. Then I reconsidered. It is a grea...
tagged: to-read, gallo-march-2018-pd-2, gallo-march-2018-pd-7, gallo-march-...
The Hate U Give
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: "Stunning." That's John Green's book jacket testimonial, and I could not agree more. Speaking up is hard. This book is about finding the courage to do the right thing when you know that doing the right thing will expose...
tagged: summer-reading-2017, 10th-grade-booktalks-2017, to-read, and summer...
tagged: summer-reading-2017, to-read, and summer-reading-2018
Hello, Universe
tagged: summer-reading-2018
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: Forget politics. Seriously! No matter which reason you have for being furious with James Comey (there are many), this is a GREAT BOOK! Leaders in all capacities will appreciate the principles that guide him. He is thoug...
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
The History of Jane Doe
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: I am still in progress on this one, but I have to give a shout out to Mike, the author, who graduated from New Canaan High School in 2004! I remember him well and this is quite a surprise. I really love this book. The s...
tagged: summer-reading-2018
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Immortalists
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: What a compelling idea! Four siblings visit a fortune teller in New York's lower east side in 1969. That's when they are told when they will die. Consider it. Would you want want to know? This is a sophisticated read fo...
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club
really liked it
From Ms. Luhtala: I picked up this book after hearing the author interviewed on a podcast. She was quick and funny and her impressive career was no straight climb toward success. That was largely due to her gender. The author candidly sh...
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
The Late Show
it was amazing
From Ms. Luhtala: OMG! I am so excited about this book. First, it is by Michael Connelly which brings me to number two: it's a detective story. And because it is Michael Connelly, the detective lives in Los Angeles and is habitually in t...
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Little Fires Everywhere
tagged: to-read, gallo-march-2018-pd-4, no-idea, and summer-reading-2018
Long Way Down
tagged: to-read, gallo-march-2018-pd-2, gallo-march-2018-pd-4, summer-readi...
Magpie Murders
tagged: summer-reading-2018
tagged: summer-reading-2018
My Sister Rosa
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Outsider: A Novel
by Biswas
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Prince and the Dressmaker
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
QB: My Life Behind the Spiral
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Really Really
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Robots vs. Fairies
tagged: summer-reading-2018
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
The Rules of Magic
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Saints and Misfits
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Setting Free the Kites
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Seven Trees of Stone
tagged: summer-reading-2018
She Rides Shotgun
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Silent Days, Silent Dreams
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Stalking Jack the Ripper
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Strange the Dreamer
tagged: summer-reading-2018
The Sun Is Also a Star
tagged: summer-reading-2017, to-read, gallo-march-2018-pd-4, no-idea, and s...
tagged: to-read, gallo-march-2018-pd-2, and summer-reading-2018
Things We Have in Common
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
Thirteen Days of Midnight
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
The Trouble in Me
tagged: to-read and summer-reading-2018
An Unkindness of Magicians
tagged: summer-reading-2018
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
tagged: summer-reading-2018 and to-read
We Are Okay
tagged: summer-reading-2018 and to-read
NCHS Library 2017-2018