How It Works

We have created a virtual book club specifically for Leeds alumni covering novels, memoirs, lifelong learning and other books selected by participants. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book with each other. Joining is completely free; you just have to get a copy of the book to read along. The book club will read one book every two months so you will have plenty of time to enjoy each book.

Our June to August Selection:

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Where the Crawdads Sing:

A Novel

by Delia Owens

Why Join

There are three main reasons why we hope you will be tempted to join our book club:


1. Connect with fellow Leeds alumni: Our book club will connect you with Leeds alumni you may normally never meet. Join with fellow alumni from different industries, generations, and geographies and gain new perspectives on the texts you are reading from alumni all over the world.
2. Reading is Good for You: Enjoy taking the time to simply read for its own sake. It can often seem difficult to give the time, to stop and to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading. Joining a peer group to read along with can help motivate you to keep reading and think critically about the texts.
3. Advance your career: A book club could advance your career in two ways. First, the books you read may make you more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication and productivity. Second, the network you will be building may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people and find your next job.

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 be novels, memoirs, lifelong learning and other topics and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 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 to you.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for University of Leeds alumni and friends!

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're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's 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 Leeds Alumni 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 University of Leeds alumni and friends. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru 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.

Where else can I learn more about the Book Club?

You can learn more about the book club at https://alumni.leeds.ac.uk/book-club

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru and we will be happy to help.