TCU Alumni Book Club

Welcome to the Alumni Book Club

Horned Frogs who read are Horned Frogs who lead! Each semester, the TCU Alumni Association will select a new title for online discussion, in-person events, guest interviews and more.

Join the conversations to grow our minds and engage with alumni, parents and students. Membership is free. Click here to join.

What’s our current read?

The Bluest EyeJoin the TCU Alumni Association Book Club for our summer read – Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. Connect with the entire TCU community as we grow our minds.

Watch for a book club discussion in late July with Tracy Reneé Williams, President of TCU's National Alumni Board.

Rhimes is the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. In her instant New York Times bestseller, she shares how saying YES changed her life.

Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake-up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: she would say YES to everything that scared her for one year.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage, when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her most authentic self. Yes.

Join us virtually in late July for our book club discussion and wrap-up, where we will announce the book for the fall. Watch for registration details soon.

What should I read next? Check out these top reads for 2021:

The Amazon Book Review - Books that are trending

Time Magazine - The 42 most anticipated books this fall

The New Yorker - Books section from The New Yorker

The New York Times - Books of the Times

Kirkus Reviews - Book Lists


What Research Says about Reading:

14 Reasons Why Reading is Good for Your Health - article here 

Seven Proven Reasons Why Reading is Good for You - article here

Ten Ways Reading Makes you an Excellent Employee - article here

Read a Book! It's Good for Your Career - article here

Most CEOs Read a Book a Week - article here


How do I join the book club? To get started click here. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to join Good Reads. Once you have set up your free account at Good Reads, you can start reading along with us!

For more Frequently Asked Questions click here.

If you would like to suggest a book, you can do so via this form.


Alumni Book Club Contact

Melissa Reeves Austin-Weeks '87

Check out our upcoming events and sign up for our book club to join in the discussion.

If you would like more information, please contact Melissa Reeves Austin-Weeks at (817) 257-5295 or

TCU Alumni