Summer Reading List

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In a few months, students will flood the campus of Mississippi College, bringing distinct perspectives and life experiences with them. College provides one of the best opportunities for you to expand your mind through classes and the different people you encounter. It's exciting, growing, and sometimes, a bit shocking and frustrating. The truth is, though, that you can encounter different minds without leaving your room. Reading provides us with a way to step into others' shoes, explore lands we've never seen, and think thoughts we would have never contemplated. Do yourself a favor and read something this summer. If you don't have any ideas, we've thought of a few. 

A quick disclaimer: These are powerful books, but because we live in a fallen world, powerful stories often come with heartaches, tragedy, and discord. For that reason, Mississippi College and the Choctawk cannot and do not align our beliefs with those represented within these stories. We do, however, believe that these stories can be appreciated and used by Christians to engage with different perspectives. 


For the Southern Lit lover 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor

"Why I Live at the P.O." by Eudora Welty






For the Classic Lit Lover

Persuasion by Jane Austen 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas







For the Fantasy/Sci-fi Lover

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R. Tolkien

Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Dune by Frank Herbert 




For the Poetry Lover 

"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

"anyone lived in a pretty how town" by e. e. cummings

"Seascape" by Elizabeth Bishop

In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot



For More Self-Awareness 

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell 

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom 

The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud





For a New Outlook

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot





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