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K-State Book Network (KSBN)


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.

Nomination Process

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.

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.

Selection Timeline
Spring 2018Select a theme
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
Summer 2018Review book samples and narrow to 12 
Fall 2018Read books and narrow to 3
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
Spring 2019Announce the book 

Nominated for the 2019-20 academic year

Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and TriumphYusra Mardini

How to Disappear -  Sharon Huss Roat

Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets - Judy Smith

SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games - Jane McGonigal

Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness - S.J. Scott

Win No Matter What: A Guide to Hyping Up Your Life - Nihar Suthar 

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 DaughterErika L. Sánchez 

Turtles All the Way DownJohn Green

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal TransformationDaniel Siegel 

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop LearningLeslie Odom Jr. 

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom Rick Hanson 

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start LivingRuss 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 MadnessSusannah 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