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MSU Reading Experience

The MSU Reading Experience is an exciting opportunity to foster the intellectual—and tremendously fun—pursuit of reading at Murray State University. In years past, the event was known as the Freshman Reading Experience. We changed the name because, as we’ve discovered to our delight, people across the campus community engage in the reading each year, and we want to encourage people university-wide to participate.

The purpose of the MSU Reading Experience is:

- To provide a common academic experience for incoming freshmen.

- To introduce students to intellectual life at, and academic expectations of, Murray State University.

- To foster an active awareness of, and appreciation for, diversity.

- To create a greater sense of community among students, faculty, and staff.

- To establish an appreciation for reading and participating in cultural events.

Past Reading Experience books:
2002: All Over But the Shoutin'
by Rick Bragg

2003: Nickel and Dimed
by Barbara Ehrenreich

2004: Rocket Boys
by Homer Hickam, Jr.

2005: Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom

2006: Dreams from My Father
by Barack Obama

2007: Something to Declare
by Julia Alvarez

2008: Clay's Quilt
by Silas House

2009: It's Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

2010: The Last Town on Earth
by Thomas Mullen

2011: Persepolis 
by Marjane Satrapi

2012: Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro

The 2012-13 MSU Reading Experience book is Sum (2009) by David Eagleman. This internationally bestselling work of fiction is published in 27 countries and languages, and was named a Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, the Chicago Tribune, New Scientist, and others. Check out an excerpt.



From Amazon.com: "Sum shows us forty wonderfully imagined possibilities of life beyond death. In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, your creators are a species of dim-witted creatures who built us to figure out what they could not. In a different version of the afterlife you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. ..."


Dr. Josh Adair

7B-14 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341




Learn more about David Eagleman, neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling writer.

David Eagleman

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