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Porch Reads

Porch Reads is a book club exclusively for undergraduate students at the University of Dayton. Benefits include free books, free food, lively discussions, and a chance to win bookstore credit. RSVP to a discussion and find out how to pick up a free book by emailing Carol Williamson at

Students may sign up to pick up a free copy of a book. Books selected for Porch Reads are announced early on in the semester. Discussions are held in an informal setting over food and refreshments with select members of the teaching faculty. Students who participate have the opportunity to win credit to the University of Dayton bookstore. We encourage you to participate and enjoy a variety of titles with us this year. Here's to good reads!

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown

Discussion: Monday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in Marianist Hall, Room 205

Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

Discussion: Monday, April 7 at in Roesch Library Group Flex Space

When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

WILD by Cheryl Strayed

Discussion: Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in Marianist Hall, Room 205A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe-- and built her back up again.


Discussion: Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Roesch Library Group Flex SpaceDespite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.