The Big, Scary Read: 1book140's Discussion Schedule for October

By Jeff Howe

1book140_icon.JPG We're heading into our inaugural October read with Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box.There's a lot of buzz in the (rapidly growing!) 1book140 community for this book, and even some talk about reading one of the runners-up, The Haunting of Hill House alongside Joe's  novel. I think that's a grand idea, and we'll set up a separate discussion schedule if enough people get behind it. (More on that later.)

Longtime bookies will note that we're condensing the conversation again, as we did for last month's selection (Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.) So please note that there will be only four hashes used for the entire month. This has the effect of reducing confusion and encouraging great conversation. The caveat I would add is for people to be careful about spoilers. 'Nuff said.

With those few notes aside, here's your discussion schedule, folks:

• Week One (October 3 - 12): Discuss Section I: "Black Dog," using #1b140_1 as a hashtag for your tweets.

• Week Two (October 12 - 19): Discuss Section II: "Ride On," using #1b140_2 for discussion.

• Week Three (October 20 - 26): Discuss Section III: "Hurt," using #1b140_3 for discussion.

• Week Four (October 27 - 31): Discuss Section IV: "Alive," using #1b140_4 for discussion.

A sidenote: Some quick-reading, 1book140 folk have started an interesting trend: Using the hashmark #1b140_x to discuss the book in its entirety. I recommend this for anyone who finishes the book early. As always, happy reading.

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