Alumni Book Club

Alumni Book Club

  • Pile of colourful books

Read and connect with your fellow alumni

Join fellow Cambridge alumni in stimulating discussions about our bi-monthly book selection. Discussions will be moderated by a dedicated group leader who will share additional content and ask questions to prompt debate.

Join the Club

Front cover of Pachinko

August to October 2020

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an “extraordinary epic of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan.” 
--San Francisco Chronicle

Reading Schedule

On August 6, we’ll officially start the reading period
By August 20, finish reading Book 1, Chapters 1-12
By August 27, finish reading Book 1, Chapters 13-17 and Book 2, Chapters 1-7
By September 3, finish reading Book 2, Chapters 8-20
By September 17, finish reading Book 3, Chapters 1-10
By October 1, finish the book and get ready for our end-of-book discussion

How are books selected?

The first book has been pre-selected in order to get the Club up and running. Thereafter alumni will be able to vote during each reading period to choose the next book. The selection of books on offer will be based on participants’ interests.

How do I get hold of the books?

Alumni are responsible for sourcing their own books.

Participants can either buy, borrow or download a copy of the chosen book.

Will the book club meet in person?

No, the book club will be entirely online. The advantage of this is that alumni living all over the world can participate, meaning we will get diverse perspectives on the texts we read.

How do book discussions work?

Our book club will have a dedicated moderator who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, 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 alumni to connect with each other. 

How often will books be read and what is the time commitment?

Books will be read every two months.

If you have on average 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There is no required level of participation in group discussions; if don’t have time to read one of the books that's okay. The goal of the club is to make connections with other alumni through reading, so if you don’t have time to read one of the books, that’s ok.

Is there a cost to participate?

Participation is free for Cambridge alumni.

Readers are responsible for buying, borrowing or downloading the texts we read.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Feel free to send an email to contact@alumni.cam.ac.uk and we'd be happy to help.