NSU Common Read

The NSU Common Read unites first-year students from all majors across campus in reading the same book during the fall semester of their first year.

Each fall, the NSU Honors Program hosts a Common Read lecture, which is free and open to all of campus and the Aberdeen community. The speaker is either the author of the Common Read book or a person with expertise on the central theme of the book.

Angie Thomas_2018 Common Read
Authors & Speakers


  • 2018: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Speaker: Angie Thomas
  • 2017: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys; Speaker: Ruta Sepetys
  • 2016: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; Speaker: Anthony Ray Hinton
  • 2015: Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim; Speaker: Suki Kim
  • 2014: Ready Player One by Ernie Cline; Speaker: Ernest Cline
  • 2013: Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls; Speaker: Jeannette Walls
  • 2012: Outcasts United by Warren St. John; Speaker: Warren St. John
  • 2011: 1491 by Charles Mann; Speaker: Charles Mann
  • 2010: The Routes of Man by Ted Conover; Speaker: Ted Conover