Suggest a Book

We always welcome suggestions for future text selection. If you would like to suggest a book for consideration, please complete the form below.

How Book Selection Works

At any time students, faculty, staff, and community members can offer book recommendations for future a Book-in-Common. When we enter our next selection process, we will share the suggestions with our selection committee, which consists of faculty, staff, and student readers. The committee narrows the field to our top 3-4 texts to read for final consideration. We also announce these finalists and invite additional feedback from the campus community.

Suggest a Book

The following selection criteria guide the very difficult task of selecting a common read for UofL’s campus community. If you have a book you think could make a great Book-in-Common, please submit your recommendation via the suggestion form.

Among the factors we will be considering as we narrow the field and make a final choice:

  • Relatability: Are the characters and themes relatable to our students, particularly as they transition from high school to college?
  • Readability: Does the book draw the reader in (especially first year students)? Does it keep their attention until the end of the book? Does it appeal to a wide audience?
  • Critical thinking: Does the text promote critical thinking and discussion about diverse ways of thinking and being, assumptions and beliefs, and points of view?
  • Integration: How widely/easily can this text be used across disciplines, curricula and orientation courses?
  • Programming: Does the book allow for ample opportunities to plan engaging programs that will help us explore and learn more about the issues in the text?  Examples: Conversation Café book discussions, lectures, related films/documentaries, partnerships with academic units, etc.
  • Community engagement: Are there opportunities to connect with community agencies in meaningful ways around themes/issues related to the text?  Are there strong existing partnerships or new programs in the works?
  • Quality of the text: Is it well written?
  • Feasibility: Is the book relatively short (fewer than 400 pages)? Is it in paperback? Is the author available/affordable?