Summer Reading Guide 2024

Summers were made for reading! In this Summer Reading Guide, you will find:

  1. REQUIRED READING (for some courses and an all-school reading assignment). Please check the required reading list to the right to see if you have been assigned summer work, especially if you are taking honors or AP courses next year.
  2. RECOMMENDED (optional) books you can read (or listen to) just for fun or to learn something new. 

All-School Summer Reading (required)


Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Write up by Moira Conlan, Director of Library and Archives and Tim Poole, English Faculty

This summer's All-School Read will be Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. The book is a memoir about identity, family, and understanding. In it, Zauner grapples with her own self-conception as a multiracial, Asian-American woman with a White-American father and Korean immigrant mother. That identity is tested when her mother is diagnosed with, and eventually succumbs to, cancer. Throughout the treatment process, Zauner learns more and more about her mother, and comes to lament her own distance from her mother's Korean identity. Questions of where we belong and who creates that belonging arise throughout the book. When the people who build belonging for us are no longer with us, what is left to us? Zauner's memoir invites readers to grapple with these questions alongside her, and we invite the entire Gunn community to do the same. Reflect on your own identity and the communities and people who helped shape it. 

Chosen by a team of faculty, this New York Times best-selling memoir will give our community space to navigate the universal experiences of grief and belonging. Collaboration with the Fall Term Speaker Series will create connections through Zauner's narrative. We will examine how the community contributes to a sense of belonging and the formation of identity in the individual, and what that looks like in lived experience. Support will be provided for students who need it while tackling these complex emotions.

Enjoy taking this highly personal journey through Crying in H Mart.



  • I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys 
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  • Elektra: A Novel by Jennifer Saint 
  • Life of Pi: A Novel by Yann Martel 
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown 
  • Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo


First page of the PDF file: FGSSummerReadingBingoSheet3
Complete one Bingo (5 in a row in any direction) for one entry into our raffle. Once you complete a Bingo, any additional square completed will be an additional entry. 
Download the PDF for further directions!

Online Textbook Ordering

The Frederick Gunn School has partnered with the Higher Learning Supply Company again this year to streamline the purchase of all textbooks and required reading for the 2024-25 academic year. All students will be able to view and order textbooks through The Frederick Gunn School Bookstore once you receive your class schedule. The online bookstore opens August 1, 2024. Please note that if you order through Higher Learning, you will pick up your books on campus. Stay tuned for more details.