A Blue Tent Book Club

Image by Gaelle Marcel

Love books? Love to talk with other book lovers? If that sounds like your student, a book club can take reading to a new level. Part of the fun of joining a book club is the experience of reading and enjoying books that might otherwise never have been picked up!

Marcy Swisher has curated a list of books that represent a wide variety of genres, characters, and authors, and her goal is to provide a welcoming environment where high school students can share their thoughts about these books. What they mean to them. What author techniques worked and what didn’t. 

Not everyone will agree, and that’s okay. The goal is for everyone to have a good time respectfully discussing each other's opinions as they sharpen their critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills.

How the Book Club Will Work

Students will read one book a month and meet up live on Zoom to discuss it when they're finished.

  • The first meeting in mid-September will be to say hello, get started, and introduce the first book (nothing read yet--the first book will be discussed in October).

  • Book clubbers will then meet in October, November, December, February, March, and April.

  • Marcy will also provide an online venue for students to meet and share their thoughts throughout each month.

    • She will offer up author biographies and interviews as well as articles pertaining to the current books and authors.

    • She will provide a text-based discussion forum with weekly discussion posts on the book club web page, and students can join in as much as they like. 

Here's what students will be reading and discussing:

Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas

Yes No Maybe So | Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Furia | Yamile Saied Méndez

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries | Martha Wells

Boys Don’t Knit (In Public) | T.S. Easton

Firekeeper’s Daughter | Angeline Boulley

Book Club Details

  • This book club will meet live once a month for a total of seven months.

  • Cost: $175

  • Facilitator: Marcy Swisher

  • Meeting Time and Dates: 8-9 p.m. Eastern

    • Tuesday: Sept 13 | Oct 11 | Nov 15 | Dec 6 | Feb 7 | Mar 14 | Apr 4

  • Size: 10 max

  • Grade level: 9th-12th

Marcy wants this club to be about enjoying and appreciating reading.

No quizzes. No tests. No essays. 

If your student would like to spend an hour (or more) each month with other bibliophiles, share opinions, and hear what others have to say, then welcome to the Blue Tent Book Club!