Spartan Book Club
The Spartan Book Club encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to virtually connect with each other to read and discuss books on a range of topics. Participation in the online forum is free — simply purchase the book or borrow it from your local library. A new book will be chosen approximately every two months. You can join at any time and do not have to participate in every reading session.
Our current book is "This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger
How It Works
There are no meetings of the Spartan Book Club — you can participate at your convenience and from anywhere you have Internet access
- The book club is entirely online and connects through a private forum moderated by PBC Guru.
- All discussions and networking take place in the forum.
- The moderator poses questions to the group, shares relevant articles and facilitates conversation on topics in the book based on where members should be in the reading schedule. Generally, you’ll receive a weekly email from the moderator throughout the reading period.
- Members are encouraged to post in the forum and share as well.
- Participation in the online forum is free — simply purchase the book or borrow it from your local library.
- The book club reads a new book approximately every two months. We vote among several options each period and select a book based on participant interests.
- You do not have to participate in every book reading and your level of participation in the discussion is entirely up to you.
Even if you’ve already read the book, you’re encouraged to still participate by contributing to the conversation — one of the most valuable aspects of this book club is the opportunity to discuss the book with others in the Spartan community.
Benefits of Participation
- Connect with fellow Spartans. The Spartan Book Club introduces you to MSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends from various backgrounds, geographies, generations and professions. Meet new people and gain different perspectives while reading and discussing the book.
- Embrace lifelong learning. The Spartan Book Club will help you learn and grow with fellow Spartans as you enjoy regular discussions and share personal insights.
- Reading is good for you. Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better and improve your relationships . Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, your emotional intelligence and your creativity .
2023 Books and Reading Schedule
- Oct. 13 - Dec. 15: "This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger
2024 Books and Reading Schedule
- Jan. 5 - March 8: "The Lost City of the Monkey God" by Douglas Preston
Have a suggestion for a book you'd like us to consider reading? Email Elizabeth Wheeler. Our preferred genres are fiction, historical fiction, mystery/thriller, biography and history. If you're a Spartan author, in fairness to all Spartan authors, please understand that we currently do not plan to feature any Spartan authors as a book club selection.
About the Current Book Selection
Over the course of one unforgettable summer in 1932, four orphans journey on the Mississippi River into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. "This Tender Land" is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
“Crafted in exquisitely beautiful prose, this is a story to be treasured – outstanding and unforgettable.” —Historical Novel Review
William Kent Krueger is the author of “The River We Remember,” “Ordinary Grace,” winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, and nineteen acclaimed books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series. His work has received a number of awards and his last eleven novels were all New York Times bestsellers.
Spartan Book Club Online Forum Tips
For members that are newer to the online forum, check out the Tips and Tricks to Help With Navigating This Forum for assistance navigating and interacting in the forum.
Are You a Spartan Author
We’d like to hear from you. We're compiling a list of Spartan authors and their book to share with the Spartan nation. To share your information, email Elizabeth Wheeler.
In fairness to all Spartan authors, please understand that we currently do not plan to feature any Spartan authors as a book club selection.
Books Read to Date
- "A Woman of No Importance" by Sonia Purnell
- "Beartown" by Fredrick Backman
- "Long Bright River" by Liz Moore
- "Hidden Valley Road" by Robert Kolker
- "American Spy" by Lauren Wilkinson
- "ArtCurious" by Jennifer Dasal
- "The Henna Artist" by Alka Joshi
- "The Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles
- "The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream" by Dean Jobb
- "The Plot" by Jean Hanff Korelitz
- "The Reading List" by Sara Nisha Adams
- "Horse" by Geraldine Brooks
- "The Last Green Valley" by Mark Sullivan
- "Fellowship Point" by Alice Elliott Dark
- "This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger
1 The Expert Editor, 2016, https://experteditor.com.au/blog/brain-books-benefits-reading/
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/