The summer reading lists at America's most prestigious private schools

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For many people, the summer months symbolize pleasure reading at its best.

It's a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you've always meant to start.

But students at America's most prestigious private schools must still endure the rigors of homework during their summer vacations with a little reading — some required, some merely recommended. The titles cover issues such as war, sexuality, and racial history.

Check out the reading lists of rising seniors at reputable private schools across the US:

The Hotchkiss School — Lakeville, Connecticut

Students must read three books of their choosing plus the required items below:

Read (novel) — ""The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien

Read (novel) — "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie

Watch — "The Hunger Games" (2012)

Read (poem) — "A Work of Artifice," by Marge Piercy

Trinity School — New York, New York

Students can choose to read one or more of the books on the list below and then participate in informal discussion groups in the fall:

"Alice in Wonderland," by Lewis Carroll

"All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr

"The Boys in the Boat," by Daniel James Brown

"Catch-22," by Joseph Heller

"Closely Watched Trains," by Bohumil Hrabal

"Color of Magic," by Terry Pratchett

"Crime and Punishment," by Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Deep," by James Nestor

"The Martian," by Andy Weir

"The Old Man and the Sea," Ernest Hemingway

"The Wind in the Willows," Kenneth Grahame

Deerfield Academy — Deerfield, Massachusetts

Students must read four books that they choose from a list of over 50. Titles on the list include:

"Half of a Yellow Sun," by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"The Circle," by Dave Eggers

"A Clockwork Orange," by Anthony Burgess

"The Universe and The Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty," by K.C. Cole

"Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison

"Madame Bovary," by Gustave Flaubert

"To The Lighthouse," by Virginia Woolf

The Harker School — San Jose, California

English teachers at the school put together the following list of recommended summer reading:

"Slouching Towards Bethlehem," by Joan Didion

"Emma," by Jane Austen

"Native Son," by Richard Wright

"Interpreter of Maladies," by Jhumpa Lahiri

"The Omnivore's Dilemma," by Michael Pollan

Ransom Everglades School — Miami, Florida

Students must read:

"Song of Solomon," by Toni Morrison

Choate Rosemary Hall — Wallingford, Connecticut

Students must read "Flight," by Sherman Alexie plus two books they choose from a list of over 100. Works include:

"The Andy Warhol Diaries," by Andy Warhol

"Why Sinatra Matters," by Pete Hamill

"Americanah," by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Welcome to the Monkey House," by Kurt Vonnegut

"Pride and Prejudice," by Jane Austen

"Love in the Time of Cholera," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Lawrenceville School — Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Students must read "All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr plus one book they choose from a list of over 50. Works include:

"A Very Long Engagement," by Sebastien Japrisot

"Cities of the Plain," by Cormac McCarthy

"Dune" by Frank Herbert

"Franny and Zooey," by J.D. Salinger

"The Beautiful Struggle," by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies," by Jared Diamond

The College Preparatory School — Oakland, California

Faculty members at the school put together a list of recommended summer reading. Here are some of their picks:

"1984," by George Orwell

"Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," by Michael Chabon

"Cat's Cradle," by Kurt Vonnegut

"Crime and Punishment," by Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The Princess Bride," by William Goldman

"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle," by Haruki Murakami

"A Streetcar Named Desire," by Tennessee Williams

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