Take your love of reading to the next level by joining our Wheaton College Virtual Book Club!
Connect with fellow alumni, faculty, staff and parents as we read a wide range of books, engage in stimulating discussion, and enhance our journey toward lifelong learning and personal growth.
Participation is free!
You will be given a two month period to read each book and there will be up to five books a year. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of an online forum to discuss the book with other members of the Wheaton College Community.
To sign up or to learn more, visit: https://www.pbc.guru/wheaton
The club will be reading the following book from August–October 2021:
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
- The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith ’70
- The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
Frequently Asked Questions
How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?
We plan to start the book club by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will be lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other books and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read you should be fine.
Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?
No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.
Is there any cost to participate?
Participation is free for all alumni, faculty, parents and staff!
How do I get the books?
Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.
How do book club discussions work?
The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the book club, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.
How do I make a forum profile?
We’re using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it’s easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we’ll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!
What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the book club?
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. We are teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for alumni, faculty, parents and staff. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.
I’ve already signed up. How do I log in?
If you are already a member, you can click the log in button above.
What if my question isn’t answered?
Feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll be happy to help.