TBYL Book Club

The conversation begins…

Our first bookish conversation starts now!

The TBYL Book Club’s first discussion is now posted, and you’re invited to join in and share your thought’s on this amazing book Of a Boy.

You can join in here

There will be a new discussion topic each day, from Monday through to Friday.

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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February TBYL Book Club

I’m so happy!

I’m thrilled that such a wonderful group of people have joined up to the very first TBYL Book Club, and all of you seem so eager to read and discuss…I’m over the moon!

We’ve been reading Sonya Hartnett’s Of a Boy this month, and now we’re ready to start chatting about the book on Monday (23.1.12). Some eager readers have already started to discuss – this little novel really does seem to get under the skin – and if these early conversations are any indication as to the discussions to come, it’s going to fantastic.

If you’d like to join in the conversation, you can find the club here.

As the month draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about February’s read. We’ve chosen a challenging but intriguing novel, and one I’ve talked about before.

In February the club will read Room by Emma Donoghue.

When I read this book last year, I was really glad that I was challenged to take it on. It was an incredibly insightful novel, put together skilfully and not nearly as horror-mongoring as I thought it might be. It’s as much about the psychology of isolation, as it is about the crime itself. Told from five-year-old Jack’s perspective, this tale is painfully poignant but also inherently hopeful.

Join the club!
Read the review…
Buy the book!

I hope you’ll join us online for February. Remember, it’s free, you can opt in and opt out as you like, and it’s a great way to connect with fellow bookish people.

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TBYL Book Club is up and running!

I’ve rubbed my bleary eyes, shaken off my hangover(s) and come to terms with the fact that 2011 whizzed by too quickly, and another year has started with a bang.

My new family planner is up and running, and I’ve had my first dinner party (Resolution #1). I’ve been busily getting some new items ready for the mini-store, and most excitingly, most importantly, most anticipated-ly (a word? not really) I’ve started to chatter with the wonderful members of TBYL Book Club!

Our brand new online book club officially kicks off this month so I thought it might be a good idea to give a little run down on how it will work.

It’s pretty simple really, just a couple of simple steps and you’ll be connected with lots of bookish people, sharing some excellent novels:

1. The club is run online via our online community, which you can join here…

2. You can use the online community to socialise with other members, leave updates, make friends, send messages. The community is moderated, and it’s a safe place to share your enjoyment of all things bookish.

3. Once you’ve got a TBYL profile, you can join ‘Groups.’ This month’s book club will chat in the group called ‘TBYL Book Club: January 2012‘. You can join the group here..

4. Each month there will be a new book to read. You can borrow the book from the library, from a friend or buy a copy locally. Of course, if you’d prefer you can purchase a copy from the TBYL Mini-Store for fast delivery.

5. In the last week of each month, I’ll post discussion questions in the group – one each day for a week. Hopefully this will generate some really amazing conversation about the book of the month, I know I can’t wait! There’s also a ‘General Discussion‘ thread where you can share your thoughts and reading experiences at any time throughout the month. You’ll find this discussion here…

I’ve caught up with a few people already this month, who have started reading ‘Of a Boy’, and by all accounts it’s having quite an effect on them. It’s an amazing little book, and I can’t wait to hear what other people think of it. By the sounds of it, lots of you are equally excited.

If you have any troubles creating a profile, logging on, or any other questions about the TBYL Book Club, please email me at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au

It’s a really quick book to read, so it’s not too late to sign up for the January group.

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Read the review…

Plus, I’ll be announcing the February book early next week. I really hope you’ll join us!

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With my two hands

It’s New Year’s Eve and the bubbles are chilling. The kids are revved up, and we’re looking forward to catching up with some good friends over the next couple of days.

I’ve been giving some thought to my third, and final new year’s resolution for 2012. After some consideration, I’ve made up my mind. I’ll admit, I think this one will be the hardest to stick too.

My third resolution for 2012: I will set out to make something, with my own two hands, at least once every couple of weeks.

Having rediscovered the joy of writing for writing’s sake, this year I hope to do the same thing with art.

Creating, be it drawing, printing, painting or constructing is one of those things-to-do that so often falls off the end of the to-do-list. It’s not a necessity, so it tends to get laid by the wayside of the average day. But, it is a fabulous way to relax, almost therapeutic and therefore worthy of a little time and attention.

Keep an eye out, I might share a few things here and there. But, more likely what I come up with will be just for me, and more often for the sake of the process much more than the sake of the product.

That’s my big three, wish me luck? I reckon if I get even half-way there on these three new year’s wishes, I’ll have a pretty sweet year.

A huge thanks to everyone for reading That Book You Like this year. Every time you visit I smile, and your comments make me feel connected to a most amazing, wide-reaching community of bookish people. Watch out for big things from TBYL in 2012. As you’ve probably noticed, I’m going to be pushing the envelope and trying some new things (i.e. The Book Club, The Mini-Store) and I’d love for you to get involved. I will of course keep reading and reviewing with abandon.

Again, thank-you and a Happy New Year to you all!

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A tough choice, but decision made!

It was tough choice, but I’ve finally made it. I’ve chosen the first book for us to read for the TBYL Book Club.

There were so many amazing books to choose from, many of which I hope we’ll have a chance to read together over the coming year. I’ll make sure there’s a great range of different book types and genres to explore, and I’d love to hear your suggestions for future inclusions.

For this month, I’ve chosen a book that will be a pretty quick read for most of us. I’m fully aware of the fact that January can be both the best of times, and the worst of times for reading, and I didn’t want our first title to be in any way onerous.

At the same time as being a quick read, it is still one of great substance…it will give us plenty to talk about at the end of the month.

Lastly, I was really keen to choose an Australian author to start off the TBYL Book Club with, and the author of this novel is one of the best authors Australia has to offer.

So, with no further ado I’m pleased to be able to announce the first book as being…

Of a Boy
, by Sonya Harnett

Please visit our website at www.thatbookyoulike.com.au to find out more about this special novel.



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Read the review…
Buy the book!

I can’t wait to see you all online!

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I’m beyond excited…

All going well this evening, tomorrow I’ll be able to let you all in on what the very first TBYL Book Club read will be.

A couple of hints: it’s short and sweet; it’s Australian; and it’ll give us plenty to talk about.

If you’re interested in a book club that will let you connect with other bookish people, without leaving the comfort of your own lounge room, the TBYL Book Club is for you. Please pop on by my website to join our online community.

You can opt in and opt out of the groups as you like, so you’ll only ever have to read the books that you want to read. There’s no pressure to read fast, and it’s free and fun to join.

Before the big announcement tomorrow, here are few answers to some of the questions that I’ve been asked about the club itself…


Does it cost anything to join up?
Nope, it’s free to join the TBYL Book Club.

If we don’t meet face to face, how will we be able to chat about the book?
When you join the club, you’ll become part of the TBYL online community. Once you’re a part of the gang, you’ll be able to make friends, post status updates and join networks…much the same as Facebook but much, much cosier.

Once you’ve set up a profile you’ll be able to join the ‘group’ which will be created each month, and which will house the forum discussions about the book. The forum will include general, open discussion about the book and also more structured questions or points for discussion designed to tease out some of the bigger issues of the novel.

Inside the group we’ll chat about the novel and you’ll also find information about any special offers or events that relate to the book of the month.

How long will I have to read the book?
You’ll have about a month to read each book. We’ll announce the title, and then six weeks later we’ll post the structured questions and discussions in the forum. We’d expect that the book will be discussed for about a week. You can of course contribute to the forum during the month, discussing the novel as you’re reading it.

Is there only one book to choose from?
Initially, there will be only one book to choose from, but as the club gets bigger we hope to be able to run a couple of different titles each month.

Do I have to buy the book?
Although you will be able to buy a copy of the book through That Book You Like… (our Mini-Store launches tomorrow) if you’d like, you don’t have to. If you’ve got a copy at home or would prefer to borrow it from the library or a friend, that’s fine too.

Are there any rules?
The main thing that we ask in regards to the club, and the discussion forums is that people stay respectful. We welcome discussion, argument even, but we won’t be very tolerant of abusive or offensive behaviour. TBYL will try and avoid deleting posts where-ever possible, but we reserve the right to do so if it is clearly, unnecessarily effecting the enjoyment of the club by others. At the end of the day, we ask you all to remember that you are speaking to real people, in the real world.


I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to being able to chat with you all about some of the great books out there. I hope you’ll join us!

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Got a question?

A lot of you seem to be really excited about the TBYL Book Club starting up soon! This of course has made me a very, very happy blogger.

I think I might be driving everyone around me a bit crazy with my excitement about the fun that 2012 will bring, but I make no apologies, it’s going to be great!

I’ve done some testing of the TBYL online community, it’s working well and we’ve even got some early adopters. Feel free to sign up and check out our friendly, bookish community whenever you like. This will be where the book club ‘meets’, chats and shares.

I’ve had a number of questions about the club itself…is it free? how will it work? what are the rules? and so I’ve put together a TBYL Book Club FAQ. Check it out here to find out a bit more about how we’re all going to meet up and chat about the books we love.

Thanks to you all who’ve gotten involved already, and everyone – keep an eye out, I’ll be announcing the very first book club book in the next couple of weeks.

I’m really hopeful that this club, our little bookish community, will give us all an excuse to read and a chance to discuss books that move us, inspire up, perturb us. No matter how time-poor or isolated you might be, now you’ve got the chance to be part of a very special group of like-minded book lovers, the TBYL Book Club.

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Exciting times for TBYL!

I had a feeling I’d spent a lot of time blogging this year and I’d gotten the distinct impression that I’d written a lot of words. As it happens, that’s because I’ve written 149 blog posts in under 11 months. I’ve had the chance to review the most incredible range of books and events, and needless to say, I’ve had an absolute ball doing it. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

Today’s post is the 150th blog post for That Book You Like… and I’m very excited!

So much so, I thought I’d mark the occasion with a very special announcement.

As you know, I love books. Not just that, I love talking about books and by the looks of it so do lots of other people. I’ve really enjoyed being part of a book club this year, especially as it’s not something I’ve had the time or the opportunity to do in the past.

Interestingly, over the year I’ve realised that being able to get along to a real life, face-to-face book club is just not possible for many people, and it got me to thinking…

We’re all here online, aren’t we? And we’re comfortable here, yes? So lets chat…

Beginning in January 2012, That Book You Like will be launching a brand new online book club!! The TBYL Book Club will, each month bring you a new, exciting book to read, discuss and share. We’ll be suggesting a variety of titles over the year, encouraging you to read widely, differently and adventurously.

You’ll be able to opt-in and opt-out as you like, depending on whether you’re interested in the book of the month.

The TBYL Book Club will allow you to connect with fellow book-lovers in our online community (to be launched in Jan 2012), and to get involved in an amazing range of online forums about the book of the month. The Club will give you the chance to win prizes, access to special offers and invites to exciting bookish events. And best of all, it’s free to join!

To mark this special 150th Post Day, I’d like to invite you all to visit my new website at www.thatbookyoulike.com.au and if you’re interested in being contacted when the TBYL Book Club launches in the new year, please fill out the I’m Interested form so that I can drop you a line when we’ve picked our very first book.

Again, I hope you’ve enjoyed That Book You Like’s first 150 posts, and I hope you’ll join us on this next exciting adventure!

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