Common Reading Program

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” -Charles W. Eliot

Each year, HLC members receive a variety of complimentary books to support their participation in book discussions, essay contests, and the “Great Ideas” dinner. Traditionally, members receive a minimum of three books including a copy of the BGSU common reading chosen by a campus committee and two selections (one in fall and spring) chosen by members of the HLC. Next year’s common reading selection will be chosen late Spring. Books chosen by HLC members range from very popular to classic literature. A list of recent books is listed below.

The BGSU Common Reading Book for this academic year (2018-2019) is:

  • Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

Previous BGSU Common Reading

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  • A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure
  • No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
  • This I Believe edited by Dan Gediman and Jay Allison
  • The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Push by Sapphire

Classical Literature

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Popular Literature

  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Children of Men by P.D. James
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by A. Guide
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  • The Girl With Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti


  • Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival by Jen Marlowe
  • Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Michael Hecht
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen
  • The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo
  • Blind Spots: Why Smart People do Dumb Things by Madeleine L. Van Hecke
  • An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
  • If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski

Graphic Novels

  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore