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Fresh Reads

Fresh Reads, CBU’s first-year summer reading program, was started in the summer of 2011 in order to give new students a common academic experience. First year students, upperclassmen, and faculty members read the same book and have numerous opportunities to discuss it throughout the school year at various First Year Experience events. 

The Fresh Reads program committee selects a book that is engaging and thought provoking. In turn, freshmen are invited to read the book, consider the issues it raises, and respond to it with an essay. The top ten winners of the essay contest will be featured during Welcome Weekend and at the writer's talk.

As you arrive at CBU and embark on a new chapter of your life as a college student, we hope that your Fresh Reads book will move you to think about your life so far and the lives of those around you, motivating you to change, serve, respond, and consider. You will receive a free copy of the book when you arrive on campus for Orientation.

The 2017 Fresh Reads book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.


Previous Fresh Reads Book Titles

2016: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
2015: What is the What by Dave Eggers
2014: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu 
2013: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
2012: The Noticer by Andy Andrews
2011: The Soloist by Steve Lopez 

For more information on CBU's Fresh Reads Program and this year's book selection, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Karen Golightly.

Dr. Karen B. Golightly

Associate Professor

Literature & Languages