What the Class of 2020 is Reading This Summer

just mercy

As I said in yesterday’s post, I like to see what the assigned summer book is for in-coming college Freshmen. Some schools give a list to choose from, some assign a single book. For some students it is optional, for others required. Many colleges simply don’t bother with this. I like to see what it is though because often it sparks interest in the book for a wider audience. My methodology in compiling this is first to check and see if anyone else has done this–very likely, but I did not find one in my not-very-exhaustive Google searches! I’m sure some diligent librarian out there has done a libguide of it, but maybe I didn’t search hard enough? No matter. This year the book above–Just Mercy–is assigned in at least three colleges. I’ll likely read it just to see why.

Freshmen Summer Reading Class 2020
Title Author University
Asking for It Kate Harding Tulane
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Katherine Boo Sacred Heart U (CT)
Book of Unknown Americans Cristina Henríquez Gettysburg
Dorito Effect Mark Schatzker Lehigh
For Love of Country Howard Schultz MTSU
How to Win an Election Cicero TCU
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson Duke
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson NCSU
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson St. Louis U
Lila Marilynne Robinson Scranton
Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America Roberto G. Gonzales Tufts
Loving Day Mat Johnson Bucknell
One Amazing Thing Chitra Divakaruni Clemson
Other Wes Moore Wes Moore Seton Hall
Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality Danielle Allen Princeton
Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t Nate Silver Northwestern
 So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Jon Ronson Appalachian State U
Spare Parts Joshua Davis Miami (OH)
Stealing Buddaha’s Dinner Bich Minh Nguyen Lehigh
Strong Inside Andrew Maraniss Vanderbilt
This I Believe Jay Allison U Louisiana Monroe
Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes 2nd ed. Kelsey Timmerman. Ohio Northern U
Whisper of the River Ferrol Sams Mercer
838-02485143 © SuperStock / Masterfile Model Release: Yes Property Release: No Two college students sitting on a ledge and reading a book

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  1. Interesting! I haven’t read any of them. My daughter took a lit class first semester last year, and I think she read a couple of books for it, but I don’t know what they were … I’m not much help here!


  2. Fascinating! I never would have thought to look into this, and I’m so glad you took the time to compile the list. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!


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