As mentioned earlier , I started a book club called Escaping Reality, which was suppose to be more of a local thing (for those around Detroit, MI), but a few friends not in the area were also interested. So it’s now both a local and an online book club.
At the time this was happening, I was contacted about the Google+ Communities and how awesome they were for groups of people and blah blah more marketing speech and end point being I really should think of creating one for LE (even the hubs was saying I should do it). Well, between the FB page, Twitter and the G+ page that already exists – I didn’t want a strictly LE community. I’m still trying to build an LE presence on G+ (have you seen our page there yet?), so I didn’t want to try building two areas at the same time. So I’m using the idea of making the book club an online thing as well my jump into the Google+ Communities.
However, as I do with anything book related online, I tied the book group to the site a little. If I’m going to do this, I might as well promote the site a little, right? BUT, while I am calling it an LE book club, everything about Escaping Reality will be handle via the Facebook group or the Google+ Community.
One of the neat features the Google+ has are hangouts, which are pretty much chatrooms with web cameras, but not everyone has to use one if they don’t want to. It’ll be like going to a coffee house, sitting in a circle and actually discussing a book. Kind of like TalkShoe, but you don’t have to call in (using cell or long distance minutes) and anyone can join in. I’m assuming there’s a limit to participation, but I think it’s around 50 people and I’m honestly not expecting that many people. So I’m thinking this will be a really fun way to do an online book club.
So anyway, that’s the background information for the new Escaping Reality book club. I’m honestly not doing this just to get more followers – I really do need to get out of the house more and away from the computer – so other than a small box in the sidebar, there won’t be much mentioned here on the site after this. For that reason, and since I do have Escaping Reality labeled as an LE Book Club, I wanted to make sure that I have all the details in one place here on the site in case anyone ends up here looking for it. So if you’re curious about the group and/or looking for more information, just click here.
For those interested in joining or are curious, voting for the February pick (Facebook and Google+) is currently underway and you must be a member of either group in order to vote. If you do want to join and want a vote for the next pick, you have until January 5th:
- SF – Divergent by Veronica Roth (YA) or Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
- Steam – Phoenix Rising by Philippa Ballantine or Soulless by Gail Carriger
- Fantasy – Sebastian by Anne Bishop or The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
January’s book is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, the first novel in the Mortal Instruments series, and will take place on January 15th at the Panera in Troy, Michigan at 7:30p and/or via the Escaping Reality Community Hangout on the 20th at 8:30p
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .