Last night saw the first meeting of the online Crime book club, held on Google+ Hangouts.
I was incredibly nervous before we went live and wondered what on Earth I had set myself up for. I finished work late so that didn’t help matters.
I needn’t have worried though because the first four members of the book club were wonderful. They were enthusiastic and engaging and completely made the whole experience worthwhile, interesting and brave!
If you hold a Hangout with more than 10 people it is automatically live streamed onto YouTube. Because we expect the club to grow and this to happen at some point, we had a brief discussion and decided that even though we didn’t need to, we would stream the meeting live and have it on YouTube for all to see, so we have a record of how the club started and how it progresses. Like I said, Brave!
We discussed Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and the general discussion points were around whether the group thought it would be published in todays market and how the plot worked. It was felt that it was slow and there were no real clues as to who had committed the crime in this particular book. There was also an issue of stereotyping which the group felt was used as a tool to identify characters. You can see the full thought processes behind this on the recorded video. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. You will see at the end (it is 36 minutes long I’m afraid) that we are genuinely excited for the next months meeting.
The results of the voting for Septembers book was announced and by a clear lead, we are reading The Silent Wife, by A. S. A. Harrison.
Don’t forget, to join the club, you can read the books in any format they are available in, and borrow them from libraries. This club is about inclusivity. If you have terrible eyesight, please consider audio. If a kindle is lighter to hold in arthritic hands than a book, please consider a light ebook device. If finances are an issue, then please, order the book from the library. Being online is all about inclusivity. People who struggle with mobility, time, etc, can maybe stop for an hour and have this book meet in their own homes.
To get into the Hangout you can see above, you just need to find me on Google+. I’m easy to find, I use the same photograph everywhere. Once you’ve found me, tell me to add you to the crime book club circle I’ve created, as that is the one circle that gets invited to the book club Hangout. If I’m not informed, you could be missed.
All in all, I was nervous. I was definitely a little clunky in quite a few area’s but I had great members who were willing to engage with the group and make it work, so for those founding members I am grateful. They are on Twitter and fantastic. Many, many thanks to @djkirkby @Nicola_Johnston @AnitaSDavison and @_alisongray You are complete stars.
I had some apologies from others Twitter and Facebook users with technical difficulties. This isn’t something we’ve done before so we do hope to grow as more and more people hear about it and hear how easy it is to do.
Thank you for everyone who has supported this project. It has meant a lot.
I’m looking forward the The Silent Wife and the next book club, which is to be held on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at 8 p. m. GMT.
I can’t wait!
What are your thoughts? – On the meeting, our thoughts on the book, or book clubs on general?