Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

History of Summer Reading

Reading As Inquiry

Since 2004, the Reading as Inquiry program has successfully introduced first-year students to college-level reading, inquiry and discussion.  What began as a vision has become a lasting orientation tradition and much of the success of the program can be found in the enthusiasm of the students, parent and facilitators.

Students often identify their first year at Michigan Tech by recalling "their book".  Parents and families are invited to participate in a book discussion and we often hear stories of the entire family reading the book together.  Many of our facilitators have been participating in the program since its inception and more recently we have had community members ask to participate in facilitating a book discussion with our first-year students!  Without the continued support and dedication of the entire campus community, the Reading as Inquiry program would not be what it is today.

Previous Summer Reading Books:


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Mary Shelley


Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats


Kristen Iversen



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M. T. Anderson


In the Sanctuary of Outcasts


Neil White


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Garbage Land:
On the Secret Trail of Trash


Elizabeth Royte


Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea


Barbara Demick


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They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan

Benson Deng,   Alephonsion Deng,

Benjamen Ajak,

Judy Bernstein


The Postmortal


Drew Magary


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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promise Peace...One School at a Time


Greg Mortenson,

David Oliver Rein


Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant


Daniel Tammet


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Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands


Susan Carol McCarthy


So You've Been Publicly Shamed


Jon Ronson


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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


Sherman Alexie


Dear Martin

Nic Stone


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The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls



The Stranger in the Woods

Michael Finkel


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Little Princess: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Napal


Conor Grennan