BSM English teachers provide readers with summer reading recommendations


Among an abundant list of novels to peruse during one’s leisure time come Summer, these are a notable few recommended by the BSM English Department.

Even though almost all high school students have some sort of summer reading to accomplish, there are always great options for those who love to read for pure entertainment. Ranging from science fiction to non-fictional biographies, there are books for every type of reader at any level. These English teachers give some of their favorite recommendations for Summer reading.


Ms. Dominguez

“Out of Africa” by Isak Denison

This is a fictional novel which falls under the category of drama. It takes place in Africa and is a great story about a woman who takes on her dreams. “It’s a story about a marvelous woman. It’s really cool,” Dominguez said.

“The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje

This dramatic love story is set during World War II and will be perfect for any reader who is looking for something to spark up their summer days. “It’s a great love story, but an edgy love story,” Dominguez said.

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

This novel is definitely a thriller and has a plot that keeps readers on their feet. “This is a book that you can read on the beach,” Dominguez said.


Mr. Backen

“The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson

This nonfiction novel is about a mass murderer in Chicago during the time of the World’s Fair. “It alternates between the wonderful building and architecture of the World’s Fair and this horrible mass murderer. It’s really well written,” Backen said.

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

This novel is a fictional tale about a young Native American boy who has many stories about growing up. “It’s a great mixture between humor and seriousness,” Backen said.

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving

This novel is also about an adolescent’s growing up years and has a Christian foundation to it. “It’s a wonderful book because it is serious, yet fun,” Backen said.