tbyl book club

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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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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