Summer Reading

Summer Reading Group with Author Yaa Gyasi

Summer 2018 Reading Program

Program Description

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. In July and August, new SAS Honors Program students begin a conversation about the Summer Reading Book with faculty, staff, and students on our SASHP Reading Blog. In the fall, we have a lecture, book-signing, and reception with the author of the book. The Summer Reading Book is also frequently the primary text for the fall SAS Honors Coloquium course.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s book is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We are looking forward to meeting and hearing from Thi Bui at our book signing and reception on Friday, August 31, 2018.



  1. All new SAS Honors Program students are required to read The Best We Could Do  by Thi Bui.
  2. All new SAS Honors Program students must participate in our SASHP Summer Reading Blog: SASHP will send additional details about the Summer Reading Program to students over the summer.

Please note: Students must have a Rutgers NetID and Rutgers email account to participate in the Summer Reading Blog. Incoming SASHP students can create a Rutgers NetID and email in the Admissions Enrollment Pathway:


Additional Information

Previous Summer Reading Books


Homegoing StationElevenCover   Strength in What Remains          


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

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