The 1book140 June Reading Schedule

By Jeff Howe

Thanks to all y'all who've joined us for this global reading adventure. The official @1book140 Twitter feed already has over 4,000 followers, and the main event--you know, actually reading the book--hasn't even begun.

The June 1book140 selection, as chosen by all of you, is Margaret Atwood's novel The Blind Assassin. Many of you are reading it as we speak. On Wednesday we will begin discussing the book over Twitter. We will use dedicated hashtags for each chapter. They are as follows: #1b140_1, #1b140_2, #1b140_3, and etc. You will surely notice we've abbreviated 1book140 down to 1b140 to save characters.

The point of a reading schedule isn't to tell you when to read, but rather to provide some rough guideline of when we're likely to be talking about certain chapters. In a sense, then, consider the following a discussion schedule:

June 1-4: Begin Reading! Discuss Parts I & II

June 5-8: Discuss Part III

June 9-11: Discuss Part IV

June 12-15: Discuss Part V

June 16-19: Discuss Parts VI & VII

June 20-22: Discuss Parts VIII & IX

June 23-26: Discuss Parts X & XI

June 27-30: Discuss Parts XII - XV

TAKE NOTE: This is not a book club with lots of rules and regulations. Just like last year, part of the charm lies in keeping it a little loosie goosie. Will some readers, having whizzed through the book, want to discuss Part V after the first few days? Of course. Will other readers want to drop back and tackle a thorny question raised in Part I at the end of the month? I hope so. The hashtags will be up from the very beginning. Use them as you see fit, and as always, 1book140, happy reading.

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