About the TCU Common Reading

Welcome to TCU! Over the next few years, you will discover many traditions that form an essential part of the TCU experience. The Common Reading Program—a shared learning experience for all
incoming students—is one of those traditions. Through interactive group discussions led by worldclass faculty and staff, the Common Reading offers your first glimpse into the TCU learning community. It also provides a point of unity amid the rich diversity of the incoming class. We hope this book will spark meaningful conversations and create bonds that will last throughout your time at TCU and beyond.

The 2018 Common Reading selection is Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. Cline’s first novel takes us on a journey in which the world’s most famous video game designer holds a contest within his greatest video game. Through the eyes of Wade and his avatar Parzifal, we experience the OASIS, an online game that evolved into a massive virtual reality network into which most of the world’s population connects daily. As Wade and his fellow avatars (or are they his friends?) compete with each other and corporations for control of an empire, we explore alongside them what reality is and how humanity does and should interact with it.

In preparation for the group discussions on Friday, August 17 we ask that you write a brief essay and complete an activity.  These can be found in your book, or on the Submit Your Assignment web page.

Lavonne Adams, Associate Professor, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Vanessa Roberts Bryan, Assistant Dean, Student Development Services

Co-Chairs, TCU Common Reading Committee


Previous Common Readings:
Class of 2021- Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas
Class of 2020- How to Win an Election by Cicero
Class of 2019- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Class of 2018- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Class of 2017- Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Dandicat