Each year, our SAS Honors Program faculty, staff, and students work together to choose a book for new SASHP students to read over the summer. A good deal of thought and discussion goes into this decision, as we are looking for a book that is compelling that can appeal to a wide audience and provide ample topics for discussion through the summer and beyond.
At the start of the semester, the Honors Program sponsors a lecture, book signing, and reception with the author of the book for all new Honors Program students. The Summer Reading Book is also frequently the primary text for the fall SAS Honors Colloquium course.
- All new SAS Honors Program students are required to read The Leavers by Lisa Ko.
- All new SAS Honors Program students must participate in our online book discussion. You will receive additional details about the Summer Reading Program via email in June.
Please note: Students must have a Rutgers NetID and Rutgers email account to participate in the Summer Reading discussion. Incoming SASHP students can create a Rutgers NetID and email in the Admissions Enrollment Pathway: www.ugadmissions.rutgers.edu/pathway/login.asp
Previous Summer Reading Books
Summer 2018: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Summer 2017: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Summer 2016: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Summer 2015: Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Summer 2014: World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler
Summer 2013: The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Summer 2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Summer 2011: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
Summer 2010: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Summer 2009: The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
Summer 2008: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One
School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Summer 2007: The Six Questions of Socrates by Christopher Phillips