How It Works

We have partnered with Sam Houston State University to create a virtual book club for your community of alumni, faculty and staff. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can network and discuss the current selection. Joining is completely free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The club will read one book every two months so that you will have plenty of time for each book.

Our August to October Selection:

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Great Circle:

A Novel

by Maggie Shipstead

Why Join

1. Embrace Lifelong Learning: The facilitated book club will broaden your thinking and provide new insights into your career or relationships, resulting in a more fulfilling life.
2. Reading is Good for You: Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better, and improve your relationships [1]. Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, your emotional intelligence, and your creativity [2].
3. Connect with Fellow alumni, faculty and staff: Our book club will introduce you to fellow alumni across industries, generations and geographies all while gaining different perspectives as you read. The network you will be building may offer you career advice, introduce you to new people, or help you find your next opportunity.

The Books

Below are a few examples of the kind of books the group may read. We will vote between several options each period and select a book based on reader interests.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

We plan to start the book club by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will cover lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other topics, and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between one and two hours a week to read, you should be fine.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?

No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient for you.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for all alumni, faculty and staff!

How do I get the books?

Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the book club, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share, as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We are using a private forum to host the virtual book club so that it is easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the book club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. We are teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for alumni, faculty and staff. You can check out their website at if you want to see more of what they do.

I've already signed up. How do I log in?

If you are already a member, you can click here to log in.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to and we will be happy to help.