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Trading titles: Page by Page and WRITE Club collaborate for a book swap

Shyla Jogi
Junior Aoife McBride, right, stands with two other WRITE Club members holding the books they brought to the swap. McBride views WRITE Club meetings as a fun way to “harness [her] creative energy.”

About 15 WRITE Club and Page by Page members traded books during a book swap on Feb. 8.

Although the book swap was primarily about exchanging titles, junior and WRITE Club member Aoife McBride enjoyed meeting new people outside of WRITE Club. McBride has already started the book she was given, “The Screaming Staircase,” and said that even though she isn’t that far through the book, it’s “really good.”

“[My favorite part was] just being there and getting to see a lot of people from a different club,” McBride said. “And at the same time getting to know their favorite genre or their favorite book. Just being able to get to know all these things about new people [was] very fun.”

Junior and Page by Page historian Zev Goetz thought the book swap went “really well,” and his favorite part was seeing the discussions behind why people brought each book.

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“It was awesome to see members of both clubs engaged in the swap and discussing which books they brought and chose,” Goetz said. “It was also fun to talk about our favorite book genres, pitch our books to others and be in a space full of book discussion with other people who love books.”

Sophomore David Fang and freshman Andrew Chen hold up the books from the book swap. Chen gave junior and Page by Page historian Zev Goetz “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and received George Orwell’s classic “1984.” (Shyla Jogi)

Junior and WRITE Club member Sami Irwin found herself more open to reading outside of school after the swap.

“I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a bookworm,” Irwin said. “But seeing everyone interact and talk about their books made me feel a bit more inspired to start reading.”

The two clubs will meet back in March to swap back the books and have discussions about how they liked reading them.

“I think everyone should show up to a Page by Page and WRITE Club meeting even if it doesn’t seem like your thing,” Goetz said. “They’re very open spaces, and it’s always good to try something new because you might really enjoy these clubs, their activities and their books.”

To keep up with Page by Page, join its Remind @pagebypa or follow its Instagram @bhs.pagebypage. To get involved with WRITE Club, join its Remind @bhswrite22 or follow its Instagram @bellaire_write_club.

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