What if Everyone on Twitter Read Outlander at the Same Time?


That’s the goal anyway, of The Atlantic’s Twitter book club, “1book140.”

1book140 is an international book club (currently 98.5k members) that takes place mainly on Twitter, though it also incorporates readers’ blogs, Tumblr and Facebook pages. Summaries of the conversations are posted at The Atlantic.com.

This month they have chosen Outlander as their February read! They have an excellent system in place to make it easy to follow along and avoid spoilers. Per J. Nathan Matias/TheAtlantic.com:

To join the conversation on Outlander, follow us at @1book140 and tweet to join the conversation so we know that you’re reading along. To avoid spoilers, we spread the conversation across one hashtag per week. Click on each hashtag to see the conversation at that point in the book. 

  • Week One: Chapters 1-10, using #1b140_1 as a hashtag for your tweets
  • Week Two: Chapters 11-20, using #1b140_2
  • Week Three: Chapters 21-30, using #1b140_3
  • Week Four: Chapters 31-41, using #1b140_4

Click here for everything you need to know to participate in the book club.

So whether you’re a Twitter pro, newbie or wannabe, give this a try! Let’s show the Twitterverse what Outlander has to offer!


  1. Leigh said,

    February 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I’m not very experienced with Twitter, and I can’t exactly say I like the site, but WE ARE OUTLANDERS! Yes, we want as many people possible interested in the story, for its own sake, for Herself (to insure she NEVER thinks her fanbase is waning, and decides to end the series – may Bride forbid!), and to get as many viewers possible watching and loving the miniseries, so that STARZ turns it into a full, multi-year series following the books as faithfully as they can, short of re-inciting any remaining Jacobites into another rising (since so many people have traced their lineage back centuries, many finding they have stronger claims to the British throne than the present Windsors). But also because WE are the ones who, in many cases, fell in love with these books when or soon after Outlander was first published; have re-read copies until they fell to pieces, then bought another (or in one desperate situation I feel terribly guilty about, lied to the library about losing the book, and paid them the cost of it); and despite our particular bloodlines – in THIS life, at least – having no Scottish heritage whatsoever, still pepper our conversation with Scottish words and phrases, and sometimes attempt to use a broad Scots accent! Little could p!ss me off more than to see that these Twitter readings take the participants off in a totally wrong direction, possibly misinterpreting parts and focusing on the salacious rather than on the story as a whole. We owe DG, Jamie, Claire and the entire family better than that! I suggest that any of us who are so obsessed- uh, I mean committed to all things Outander that we’ve joined Outlander fan sites, buy Outlander-inspired jewelry, and talk husbands into taking trips to the Scottish Highlands, at least monitor these readings and be prepared to re-focus the conversation (if that word applies) if need be.

    I’m not sure who I’m asking this of, but to whoever posted this notice, may I re-post on Outlander fan sites?

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