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Reading lists don’t have to be formal. Set your own reading goals for the summer if you don’t want to follow someone else’s list.

Before the new school year starts, you should complete your summer reading and AP prep.

You’ll notice as your high school career progresses that you have more and more to do for school over the summer. And even if you find yourself in a situation that doesn’t require any summer school work, completing a summer reading list helps you prime your brain for school and gives you something constructive to do over summer.

AP Courses

One of the perils (or perks if you’re a bookworm) of AP courses is summer reading. Many AP and Honors classes require students to complete a certain amount of summer work before school starts in the fall. This could be anything from reading Wuthering Heights for an AP English class or completing a math project for Honors statistics.

These types of assignments shouldn’t a surprise to you, however. Your teachers should have handed out your summer work shortly after you registered for their class. And don’t forget: procrastination is your enemy and books can be long, so get started as early as you can.

Summer Reading Lists

Even if you don’t have any required reading, summer is the perfect time to knock some books off your list. Think about it, you’re going to be at the pool anyway, why not read some great words and sentences while you’re there?

Check out these tips to a successful reading list:

  • Many high schools have their own reading lists. Check with someone from your school to see if this is an option for you.
  • Colleges, local libraries and bookstores often have summer reading lists as well. Hop online to find one that meets your needs.
  • If everything else fails, ask your teachers or parents to recommend some good books.


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