*By the Book: One Book, One Twitter

*Originally appeared in my OC FAMILY blog called – By the Book

What if the whole world read one book?
Okay maybe not the whole world but the Twitterverse…

Maybe there are more people that know about this new book club than I thought. The book “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman was out at both library branches I checked. I read it when it first came out and remember being slow to get into it despite being a Gaiman fan. I gave it a chance and eventually came to like it. So it would be interesting to see what the other “members” of the One Book One Twitter club think or tweet actually.

The first book choice of the @1B1T2010 program may seem questionable to some. Neil Gaiman himself writes in his blog that the book is sort of “divisive.” He said: “Some people love it, some sort of like it, and some people hate it. (As contrasted with, say, The Graveyard Book, which some people love, some like, and a statistically insignificant number of people hate.) It’s not a book I’d hand out to everyone, because the people who don’t know anything about what I’ve written and who hate it — who might have loved Stardust, or Neverwhere, or The Graveyard Book or Sandman — probably won’t go and look any further.”

So there you go. American Gods, a book that blends Americana, fantasy, mythology and mystery is the first book for One Book, One Twitter – think of it as a worldwide book club. It’s basically like the one city, one book programs which aim to get a lot of people reading and talking about a single book. Launched the first week of May, @1B1T is the brainchild of Jeff Howe, contributing editor at Wired Magazine. To be honest, I’ve never been one to read the “recommended reading list.” For example, Huntington Beach has HB Reads and this year selection is “They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky.” Come to think of it, I’ve never even been part of ANY book club. Yes, not even Oprah’s!

So I’m excited to be part of @1B1T2010 I suppose I could swing by Barnes and Noble for a copy of American Gods or maybe try BookMooch or one of those swapping sites. The cool thing about 1B 1T is that there’s nothing really formal about it — just jump in whenever, read when you can, talk amongst yourselves and remember the hashtag #1b1t

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