If you’ve explored the Deus Ex Media podcasts, it will probably come as no surprise to you that we love books here. In August 2021, we decided to make that love official and launch the Deus Ex Media Book Club.
Book Club Facilitator Taylor has done a ton of work in developing the Book Club and making sure it runs smoothly from month to month. She created and manages the Book Club Discord server, where participants can come and go to chat about the Book Club selection or other bookish topics.
How it works
Participants take turns leading Book Club each month, with careful support from Taylor and other Deus Ex Media leaders. While participants are not required to lead any Book Club selections, it has turned out that most of them want to! We hope that by creating a positive, safe environment to share our favorite books with each other and explore new books as well, more people will join up and get to book chattin’.
The book of the month is chosen a week or more before the month starts to give participants ample time to purchase or check out from the library. Sometimes a host has a particular book in mind; often, they have a couple of choices, and the entire Club has the opportunity to vote on which they’d like to read.
As the new month begins, each participant is welcome to read at their own pace. Our Discord server is set up so every couple of chapters gets its own channel for discussion, so it’s easy to chat about what you’ve read so far without risking seeing spoilers.
Around halfway through the month, the host will begin posting discussion questions in the Discord server. Participants are welcome to engage with those questions or simply watch others discuss; some participants don’t have time to hang out in the server, so they only attend the end-of-month Book Club Zoom meetings.
Typically on the final Tuesday of each month, the Book Club meets over Zoom to chat face-to-face about what they’ve read. The host will lead the discussion, often with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. These conversations tend to be very open-ended and help to bring together all of the disjointed chats from the Discord server!
By that time, the next month’s book will have been chosen, and after the meeting, focus shifts to the next book.
What we've read so far
All book descriptions are adapted from StoryGraph.