Long time participants in #1book140, AKA bookies, have made an implicit agreement with each other. The crowd picks the book and we all read and discuss it, whether we like it or not. This approach lets you learn what others like about the book, explore your dislike, and frequently gives you insights you would never get on your own. It’s a great way to read a book.
This month, several of us considered The Fault In Our Stars just a little too much to bear. The reasons are varied but most seem to relate to not wanting to deal with the emotional drain of cancer in a young person. The young person in The Fault In Our Stars is well-crafted and the drain is real, or at least it was for others I’ve talked to who have read the book.
So a few of us are cutting ourselves some emotional slack but not abandoning #1book140. We’ve chosen to read the February runner-up, Little Brother by Corey Doctorow ( @doctorow ) and take the same approach to discussion.
Please note, this is not an either/or decision and this isn’t a private club. If you want to read Little Brother this month and discuss on twitter, please join us. So without further ado, here are the hashtags and the schedule for Little Brother.
Week 1, February 1-7
Chapters 1-5: #1alt140_1
Week 2, February 8-14
Chapters 6-11: #1alt140_2
Week 3, February 15-21
Chapters 12-16: #1alt140_3
Week 4, February 22-28
Chapters 17-end: #1alt140_1
For any discussion that might spoiler the week for others, #1alt140_x
Oh! A final note. Corey Doctorow has released Little Brother under a Creative Commons license and allowed people to create electronic versions without DRM restrictions. If you want to download the book and read it for free, you may. Thank you, Mr. Doctorow! Here are a couple sources: