This horror-focused book group is unique in a number of ways. Firstly, the group is comprised of readers AND writers, so their discussions involve a writerly perspective. Secondly, they meet on Twitter. Read the Q&A below to find out how this group uses social media to get to the heart of its bloody matter.
Years of Operation: One
Leader: Jennifer Brinkmeyer (reporting)
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Tell us a little about your book group.
Midnight Book Club began meeting in 2014. It’s the brainchild of The Midnight Society, a group of YA and NA horror authors. Most book clubs consist of readers, but we are readers AND writers. The group helps us stay current in the publishing world while developing our understanding of how readers respond to books. We primarily read new releases in YA and NA horror, but sometimes we read the classics to trace the history of the horror genre, or a book that’s just been released paperback to keep costs down. Beyond the typical reader-response book club questions, we discuss the writer’s craft, tropes and allusions, and how horror develops certain themes. Since we’re an online group, we meet on Twitter. There have been several articles on the positive potential of social media on book clubs (here and here). In addition to the content of our book club, we enjoy being part of that exploration. For example, it allows us to meet more authors than in a face-to-face book club. We’ve had the authors at five of our meetings this year.
When, where, and how often do you meet?
We meet on Twitter (#MidnightBooks) the first or second Monday of every month at 8 p.m. CST.
How does your group make its reading selections?
- It’s published within a month or two of its discussion time.
- It’s traditionally published.
- The author is active on Twitter.
- Group members have marked it as to-read on Goodreads.
- It introduces a new author or subgenre. If possible, it supports the We Need Diverse Books movement.
Which book did your group collectively like the most this past year?
We most liked The Accident Season, by Moïra Fowley-Doyle.
How do your group discussions work?
One member moderates the discussion, drafting questions ahead of time, but there’s always time for others to introduce other questions and comments.
What is your group most looking forward to reading next year?
We are most looking forward to reading Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace and Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward.
What is the best piece of advice you’d give a group that is just getting started?
Start with a few core members who will be committed to regular reading and discussing. Motivate that commitment by choosing books the members were excited to read anyway.
Are you looking for new members?
Always! To stay updated, check us out online.
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