Summer Reading List 2011

Without further ado, here’s the Shmoop Summer Reading List 2011. Thanks to all who voted, looks like we have a great list here.

Happy reading!

  1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins


  2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen


  3. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak


  4. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

  5. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

  6. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

  7. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

  8. Perfume, by Patrick Suskind

  9. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

  10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote

  11. Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver

  12. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

  13. Room, by Emma Dona

  14. The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

  15. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

10 thoughts on “Summer Reading List 2011

  1. Blatantly absent from your reading list are works by authors of color. Like: Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Jean Toomer, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Junot Diaz, Sapphire, Walter Mosley, Chinua Achebe, Paule Marshall, Amy Tan, Ben Okri, Louise Erdrich, Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Octavia E. Butler, Syl Cheney-Coker, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Edward P. Jones, Colson Whitehead, Alberto Rios, Haruki Murakami, Etc.

    It should make for another summer without depth and another generation of narrow minded airheads who experience cultural shock when they arrive at college and find there are different ways of seeing the world, than the limited vision handed to them by a bland and racist status quo.

  2. Harry Potter FTW! says:


    Ah well. Seriously though, guys, I’m disappointed 😥

  3. Allison says:

    You should add Beastly by Alex Flinn and Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. They’re really good books and the movies starring Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, respectively are really good too.

  4. Chris Perez says:

    Lighten up Rosmari…if you read the introduction it was based off of popular vote. Which did you nominate or vote for? oh right, you were to busy insulting the intelligence of those who may not have picked something off of your list…hmmm…

  5. Naomi says:

    Oh please Harry Potter FTW! The DaVinci Code is soo freshman year summer reading. I didn’t really like the writing. It was too “Please make this a movie and make more millions” (though I have nothing against the plot). And Harry Potter? Yes, they’re good reads but by now, everyone has read them and they’re really written for fourth graders to understand, just like the Twilight series.

    I’m very happy that some of Ray Bradbury’s books made the list. I feel that he’s an author with a lot of insight. Might I add some other dystopia books to go along with Farenheit 451? Brave New World and 1984 are both very interesting reads if Farenheit 451 did suit your tastes.

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