Illinois State Alumni Relations’ online book club has had a successful first year with more than 600 alumni discussing seven books. Join in the discussion as topics include professional development, fiction, non-fiction and continuing education options. All books provide a chance of enlightenment, growth, and, sometimes, opportunities to practice new ideas and skills. Participation is free for all alumni.

Sign up now or keep reading to learn more. The next book, When by Daniel H. Pink, will start April 30. Alumni can join at any time but to be in on the full discussion, get signed up now.


This online book club for alumni will cover lifelong learning, personal growth, social justice and other books of participants’ interests. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Current members do not need to register again to continue with the book club. Joining the book club is free for alumni; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read a new book every two months. If a particular book doesn’t interest you during a session, you simply do not have read it.


There are three main reasons we hope you’ll be excited to participate in our alumni book club:

  • Connect with Fellow Alumni No Matter Your Location: Want to connect with intelligent, driven, and interesting people? Joining the book club will introduce you to Illinois State alumni across industries, generations, and geographies to help you improve your network.
  • Advance your Career: A professional book club enhances your career by making you more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication, and productivity.
  • Reading is Good for You: Did you know people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230 percent more than people reading just one book per year? Or that reading improves your intelligence and reasoning ability and has been linked to reducing the chance of Alzheimer’s? Joining our book club will help you read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.