Episode 21: “In Search of the Perfect Read, Part I” or “Summer Reading for Teens”.

We’re joined by two veteran high school English teachers, each with a summer reading recommendation for a teenager. We talk about about how speculative fiction (including sci-fi, fantasy, horror, alt. history) engages teenagers in different ways, and why magic gets a bad rap among “literary” readers.

Book recommendations: 

Never Let Me Go  Kazuo Ishiguro

A Wizard of Earthsea  Ursula K. LeGuin

As promised in the episode, we also have Lindsay’s self-syllabus for this summer of reading, both in image format and in a Notion template for your enjoyment!

Notion Template: https://confirmed-gray-ae7.notion.site/d101bfaaec8f40848e8a6d3ae2faffd7?v=be5c29b11ad744a599e467cc39365ada&pvs=4


  1. I loved this podcast! I’ll definitely be adding these as a summer read for myself. Most of my favorite classical books came from my AP English teacher in high school and it’s so interesting to hear how teachers feel about the books they recommend outside of a professional, academic setting.

  2. Thank you Evelyn, we really appreciate your listening. If you enjoy those books, you might also enjoy reading Parable of the Sower or The Fifth Season and then listening along as we discuss. (Parable of the Sower is a few weeks ago, and The Fifth Season is coming up)

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