History of Summer Reading


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




Frankenstein 2004 Mary Shelley
Feed 2005 M. T. Anderson
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash 2006 Elizabeth Royte
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan 2007

Benson Deng,
Alephonsion Deng,
Benjamen Ajak, Judy Bernstein

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time 2008

Greg Mortenson and
David Oliver Relin

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands 2009

Susan Carol McCarthy

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian 2010

Sherman Alexie

The Glass Castle 2011

Jeannette Walls

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal 2012

Conor Grennan

Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats 2013

Kristen Iversen

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts 2014

Neil White

Nothing to Envy: Ordinatry Lives in North Korea 2015

Barbara Demick

The Postmortal 2016

Drew Magary

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant 2017 Daniel Tammet