On Reading: Connecting Readers with Goodreads and Google Hangouts

I remember the days of spending thousands of dollars on graduate courses that offered one primary experience: Sitting around a table with a bunch of other people reading the same book(s) and discussing those book(s).

Now, I’m not out to transform the higher educational landscape in one blog post, but it seems that today this experience — whether it be for a college course, a book club, or just for fun — could be duplicated on an ad hoc basis whenever two or more people have the desire to discuss a book:

  1. Use Goodreads to connect with other readers reading the same book.
  2. Use Google Hangouts to have a live book discussion

With new technologies come new possibilities — we only have to discover what they are.

Have you used Goodreads and/or Google Hangouts to connect with other readers for book discussion?  Share your experiences in the Comments!


About JMVarnerBooks

With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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