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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 "The Reading List" by Sara Nisha Adams.    The Reading List Book Cover

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reading is good for you. Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better and improve your relationships [1]. Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, your emotional intelligence and your creativity [2].
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2023 Books and Reading Schedule

  • Jan. 6 – March 10: "The Reading List" by Sara Nisha Adams
  • March 17 – May 19: "Horse" by Geraldine Brooks

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

The Reading List” is an unforgettable about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb. Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in West London and he worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading. Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of a book. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. She impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list, hoping that it will be a lifeline for him, too.

"A quietly beautiful novel about the magic of books and the joy of human connection.” — Newsweek

Sara Nisha Adams is a writer and editor. She lives in London and was born in Hertfordshire to Indian and English parents. “The Reading List” is her debut novel and is partly inspired by her grandfather, who lived in Wembley and immediately found a connection with his granddaughter through books.

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
2021

2022

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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/