What better way to start off the New Year than with a reading flashmob? 24-Hour Book Club is organising its second one to date, and would love all of you Readmillers to get involved. We spoke to the creators Diana and Max to find out what it’s all about, what we’ll be reading, and how we can all get involved. Read on!
For those unfamiliar, what is 24-Hour Bookclub?
24-Hour Bookclub is a reading flashmob that anyone can join. Every once in a while, we pick a book and collectively devote a day to reading it in one big gulp; we coordinate everything through our Twitter account, @24hourbookclub.
Your last one was back in October. How’d it go?
The first 24-Hour Bookclub was ridiculously fun. About 30 readers from all over the world—New Zealand to Paris to New Jersey to San Francisco—barreled through Robin Sloan’s new novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, posting over 150 tweets in the process. But the numbers were nothing compared to the sheer exhilaration of connection. Imagine a giant, quiet library full of people who are all on the same page of the same book at the same time. The silence is punctuated only by shouts of glee, echoed by others as they reach the same point in turn. 24-Hour Bookclub is like that.
Which book are you reading this time around?
On January 6, we’re reading Both Flesh and Not, the new collection of essays by David Foster Wallace. Short-form nonfiction is a radical change of pace for us, so we’re excited to see how it goes. Max loves David Foster Wallace’s writing like nobody’s business, and we have a hunch that our readers will, too. Max wrote more about the pick on 24hourbookclub.com.
Why should Readmillers get excited?
Henrik Berggren, Readmill’s founder, once said something extremely lovable: that Readmill’s goal is to “calmify” the technological side of social reading. Well, 24-Hour Bookclub kind of does the opposite: by inviting you to throw yourself into a book with wild abandon and to celebrate the journey with newfound friends, we reveal how fun and vital reading’s been all along. We think calm and exhilaration are two sides of the same coin: books were made for immersion, and no experience is more immersive than Readmill.
To get involved, follow these simple steps:
1. Grab the book from Kobo and load it up ready to read (Instructions for that are right here)
2. Follow Diana on Readmill and @24hourbookclub on Twitter
3. Leave a comment below with your Readmill profile, so we can all follow one another!
The reading starts tomorrow, see you there!
Matthew and the Readmill team.