Recommended Reading Lists

Reading for enjoyment is a priceless pastime that people of all ages enjoy.  To cultivate this in our students, TF South is pleased to offer a recommended reading list to all students.  There is no required reading for any coursework; however, if you would like suggestions, feel free to peruse the list below.

These books may be found in a variety of locations and students are NOT required to purchase them.  Your public library (Lansing or Glenwood-Lynwood) is a great place to check for a copy of a book or ebook.


Suggestions for all grades

A few standouts on the above list: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys; This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron; and If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy


AP Language and Composition Suggested Reading

Nonfiction Options 

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • The Color of Water by James McBride

       Fiction Options 

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker