10th (or 11th) Grade Reading List

Young girl reading book in library
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Summer reading is a great way to maintain fluency and reading level. The right book can also encourage independent reading. But finding the elusive book your teen or students will enjoy can be tricky. While many teachers rely on the classics when choosing books there are many contemporary YA titles that are perfect for the classroom. Using contemporary YA novels can also help foster a love of reading in teens who may have trouble relating to the more adult themes and antiquated language in some classics.

Many teachers have begun to incorporate novels aimed at their student's age level into their lessons to great success. When assigning summer reading it can be a good idea to allow students to choose from a list of different titles. This allows the student to have some control over their assignment and the opportunity to pick a book they are truly interested in. These are a sampling of the titles that often appear on high-school reading lists for 10th (or 11th) grade. Regardless of your age or skill, the books on this list are great introductions to literature.  These are a sampling of the titles that often appear on high-school reading lists for 10th (or 11th) grade. Regardless of your age or skill, the books on this list are great introductions to literature. 

  • Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  • Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone- J.K. Rowling 
  • The Color Purple- Alice Walker
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • The Martian- Andy Weir
  • Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 100 Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Saint Joan - George Bernard Shaw
  • Dune- Frank Herbert
  • Their Eyes were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston
  • Silas Marner - George Eliot
  • Interpreter of Maladies- Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The House on Mango Street- Sandra Cisneros
  • Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  • Turn of the Screw - Henry James
  • To the Lighthouse- Virginia Woolf
  • Wuthering Heights - Elizabeth Bronte
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird- Harper Lee
  • Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
  • The Handmaid's Tale- Margaret Atwood
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian- Sherman Alexie
  • Lord of the Flies- William Golding 
  • Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi
  • Slaughter-House Five- Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Rasin in the Sun- Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Book Theif- Mark Zusak
  • Fools Crow- James Welch
  • The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
  • Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Native Son- Richard Wright
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
  • The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
  • Little Brother- Cory Doctorow
  • The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
  • The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton
  • The Fire Next Time- James Baldwin
  • Beloved- Toni Morrison