LFHS Reads: Summer Reading Program


Anna Pierson, Editor

Calling all readers!

Yet another project to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic was LFHS Reads. But don’t fret – organizers Librarian Katie Pausch and English Department Instructional Director Kristen Carlson decided to simply postpone it until now. 

Supposed to have debuted last year, LFHS Reads is a voluntary summer reading program where students and staff read a book over the summer to discuss in the fall. This program is an amazing opportunity to connect with fellow peers and teachers who love to read. 

“After a difficult year, we think this will be a fun way for readers to connect over some really great books,” Mrs. Pausch said. “We really just wanted to do something enjoyable that brings our school community together in a positive way!”

Courtesy of a grant from the LFHS Foundation, each reader receives a free copy of the book they choose to read, and the discussion in the fall is held with breakfast! 

The books to choose from consist of a wide variety of genres and themes. Some of the book options and hosts are listed below:

Dystopian and Fantasy

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

  • Hosted by Deb Schneider

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

  • Hosted by Marni Levinson


Realistic and Contemporary Fiction

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

  • Hosted by Paul Goldstein

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  • Hosted by Kristen Carlson

Historical Fiction

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

  • Hosted by Laura DeBartolo

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

  • Hosted by Cindy Rogna


Wilder Girls by Rory Powers

  • Hosted by Kristen Gregory

Catilina’s Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor

  • Hosted by Ariel Landvick and the Latin Club


Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz

  • Hosted by Daniel Maigler

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby

  • Hosted by Andrea Lemke, Nicole Frye, and Women in STEM

The Art of Social Intelligence and Human Relationships by John Ward

  • Hosted by Megan Miles

See the full list of books and hosts here

Registration for participation is open now. Sign up here.