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2022 Summer Reading List 


Welcome to the Summer 2022 CCHS Reading List. These titles have been handpicked for the summer before our year in the Medieval period. Everyone who reads at least 3 titles gets a prize. There will be a special prize for the person who reads the most books on the list. To get credit for the 'books to read aloud to a younger person', you must have read the book aloud to a younger person. Same for 'books to read with a parent/mentor'. Use the reading log below to keep track of your progress and to hand in to Mr. Hill.

Books to read aloud to a younger person

Farmer Giles of Ham, Tolkien - a delightful short work from Tolkien


The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster - a witty and imaginative adventure.


The Fables of Odo of Cheriton - Aesop-style fables from a Christian pastor in Medieval Spain


On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Peterson - heir apparent to the throne of the Narnia books.


The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald - the Ur text of modern fairytales; heavily influential for Tolkien


Books to read on your own


The Prose Edda, Snori Sturluson - excellent starting point for diving into medieval Icelandic sagas

The Song of Roland - the earliest substantial work of French literature; recounts a battle between Charlemagne's Franks and the heathen Basques 

Book I of Faerie Queene, Edmund Spencer - a good way to introduce yourself to the masterpiece of 16th-century English poetry; more challenging

Any of the 4 books contained in The Once and Future King, T.H. White - the standard, massive, modern retelling of the King Arthur cycle.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain - typical Twain; a fun comparative thought experiment on England in the 19th and 6th centuries; 

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco - A murder mystery set in Medieval Italy; written by a medievalist professor of language and philosophy; more challenging


A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Leguin -  considered by many to be the only 20th-century Fantasy to successfully depart from Tolkien


Out of the Silent Planet Trilogy - C.S. Lewis + science fiction = win


On the Road with St. Augustine, James K.A. Smith - an examination of St. Augustine’s practical theology; especially suitable for students who read Confessions with us last year


The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis - an introduction to medieval art and literature by the expert himself


The Return of Martin Guerre - a historian’s piecing together of the fascinating true story of stolen identity from Medieval France


Books to read with a parent/mentor

A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller - one of the first dystopian novels, set after nuclear fallout in a medieval-inspired monastery in the Southwest USA; religious themes worth discussing


The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis - Lewis’ imagining of what heaven might be like; an excellent companion to On the Road with St. Augustine

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