KSBN’s purpose is to help guide the transition from high school to college by giving students a common experience around a book and guided academic and social activities that can be shared with professors, staff, administrators, and other students when they arrive on campus.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019-20 common book. We are looking for books that meet our criteria and fit the theme of “Wellness and well-being” which will focus on books that introduce readers to common issues that students experience in college (including stress, illness, accountability, and/or grit) and offers ways to cope and help others.
The nomination form will close June 1, 2018.
Everyone in the K-State Family is invited to participate. All nominations will be posted on this page a few days after they are submitted.
How we pick books
The selection committee, made up of students, staff, and faculty, reviews nominations and narrows down the list of titles to one. Their work officially begins in the summer and ends in November.
|Spring 2018||Select a theme|
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
|Summer 2018||Review book samples and narrow to 12|
|Fall 2018||Read books and narrow to 3|
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
|Spring 2019||Announce the book|
Nominated for the 2019-20 academic year
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
I am the Messenger -Marcus Zusak
We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter - Celeste Headlee
Reclaiming Conversation The Power of Talk in a Digital Age - Sherry Turkle
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief - Rick Riordan
The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin
The Circle - Dave Eggers
Autonomous - Annalee Newitz
The Radium Girls - Kate Moore
The Journey - Kaneil Harrison
Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation - Daniel Siegel
Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning - Leslie Odom Jr.
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom - Rick Hanson
The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living - Russ Harris
The Martian - Andy Weir
Ready, Player One -Ernest Cline
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
Wonder- R. J. Palacio
10% Happier - Dan Harris
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness - Susannah Cahalan
War Against the Animals - Paul Russell
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Angela Duckworth
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg
Walden on Wheels - Ken Ilgunas
Ode to Kirihito - Osamu Tezuka