Do you love reading? Did you spend your childhood hidden away in a corner, flipping through pages, exploring worlds and making new friends in a literary safe haven all your own? Do you strongly identify with Belle, Rory Gilmore, or Hermione? Did you ever try to create your own library at school, complete with your own card catalogue? Okay, maybe that last one was just me. The point is, many of us here at Nerdist and our sister site Geek & Sundry are big ol’ book worms, and we know we’re not alone. And while many aspects of nerd culture have become more mainstream, with plenty of places to share and celebrate, we sometimes feel like good old fashioned reading gets the shaft. So that’s why we decided to create our very own place for fans of fiction (and non-fiction, short stories, and graphic novels, of course) with Alpha Book Club: a new online book club (duh) hosted on our new community platform, Alpha (also duh)!
Hosted by Rachel Heine (that’s me!), Geek & Sundry’s Hector Navarro, and Geekbomb’s Maude Garrett, Alpha Book Club is a weekly live show where we discuss our chosen book of the month with you, our dear readers. You can join in the conversation in the chat, dial in to video chat with us directly, and even vote on which book you’d like to read next. And since it’s the most wonderful time of the year, Nerdoween, we’re kicking off the book club with a haunted house classic: The Haunting of Hill House. The 1959 Shirley Jackson novel is considered one of the most iconic ghost stories of the 20th century, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to uncover the secrets of Hill House with you all.
If you’d like to join us on our inaugural episode today (Wednesday, October 12 at 6pm PT), tweet us (@Nerdist, @GeekandSundry, @JoinTeamAlpha) with #AlphaBookClub to get an invite to our early access look at the new platform (note: invites will be cut off at 3pm PT). We’ll also be giving away five (5) copies of The Haunting of Hill House on the show so you can catch up for next week’s discussion.
Are you interested in joining an online book club with us? Which book would you like us to read next? Let us know in the comments below!
Rachel Heine is the Editor-in-Chief of Nerdist and is still a little bummed no one would join her DIY library. Follow her on Twitter @RachelHeine.