The Hello Giggles School for Girls: Summer Reading List 2011, Part 1

Hello. I’m Julia Hart and I teach high school English in Los Angeles.

I spend most of my time with teenagers. While some might consider this a nightmare, it’s the perfect kind of heaven for me. Being in the classroom with them preserves my sense of wonder, plus they introduce me to cool new music. Sometimes I forget that I’m not still in high school myself, especially these days as I’m sporting braces (don’t ask).

This summer, go back to the days when the biggest problems in your life were the ones you read about in books. I invite you to enjoy the warmer months with a nostalgic trip down memory lane with some of my favorites books I teach, and a few that I’ll be reading myself. I present to you: the Hello Giggles School For Girls Summer Reading List, 2011 edition.

Oh, and there will be a test.

Part 1:

1. Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte

This book is so good that my teaching partner reads it every summer. This year, I’m gonna join her.

2. Mrs.Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

I teach this book in my senior lit class and I give my students this advice: read it outside. Preferably under a tree, or next to a body of water. And also your bathtub counts as outside.

3. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

I am really excited to be teaching this for the first time next year. So I’ll be reading it again this summer.

4. Raise High The Roof Beam Carpenters and Seymour an Introduction – J.D. Salinger

The less frequently studied text of Salinger’s is also maybe his best one.

5. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

You can’t call yourself a woman until you’ve read this book.

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