Booklist, the American Library Association’s book review database, wants to feature profiles on various book clubs. I’d love for #MidnightBooks to be one of them! To put us in the running, I need to answer their questions, but I can’t answer them without you. Please answer the poll questions below, so I can represent us accurately. This is a great opportunity to share what we’re doing and bring more people into our conversations. Yay!
Please let me know in the comments if I should add anything to my answers for these questions.
Tell us a little about your book group in 200 words or less. How and when did it start? What is the tone or vibe of the group? Is there a theme? What makes your group different from others?
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 CST.
How does your group make its reading selections? Include any resources you use, such as websites or periodicals.
- 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 sub-genre. If possible, it supports the We Need Diverse Books movement.
How do your group discussions work? Is there one leader or do you have another way of discussing?
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 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? If so, leave your contact info for those interested.
Always! To stay updated, check us out online.
They also asked about books we’ve liked and ones we want to read. These polls will provide the answers.