So here we are, having a little breather. I’m totally okay with that, and I hope you are too – if you’re anything like me, you’ll already have a pile of books on your bookshelf (or nightstand, also on the floor next to your nightstand, in my case) that you have had a chance to reacquaint with, and a change is as good as a holiday I reckon.
I decided to give everyone, including me, a chance to catch up this month. #LoveOzYAbookclub has officially been going since October last year – that’s when people first started signing up – so it’s been ten months of non-stop action, and we’ve read lots of amazing books. So far we’ve covered these books below:
It’s been a pretty incredible ride so far, but I noticed that discussion has slowed down a bit, and personally I’ve been struggling to keep up the last few months (I’ve had some difficulties with our woeful rural internet, but that’s another story), so I thought we could take this month as a rest stop that might give us the opportunity to see how things are going.
So how are you going with bookclub? Next month’s book has already been selected by Ali Cobby Eckermann, the author of RUBY MOONLIGHT – but after August, I’m open to shifting things around a bit, to make sure everyone’s having a good time. Are we covering the books you like, and giving enough opportunity for discussion? Do you think there are other features we could provide? Are there books not yet on the list, that you’d like to see included?
Questions I’ve always wanted to ask people include: Is one book a month too much, too little, or just right? And is our free-delivery arrangement with Boomerang Books working out okay? Are you getting your book-parcels as required? Is our domino title selection system (in which the authors choose the title of the next month’s book) working out? Should we relax our policy of prohibiting review blogs? – is that rule understandable, or are people unsure of what to post? Maybe you’d like to see me hand the reins to another host sometimes too, that’s a possible option…
We have quite a few members now – nearly 400 in total – but not so many of those people participate in discussion. Is there something we can do more of to encourage you?
Please do get back to me on some of these questions if you can! It will help to make #LoveOzYAbookclub a thriving space. Also, if you have any other queries or suggestions, here’s the place to put ‘em, either here in comments, or on the FB thread.
And here’s the contest part:
To encourage all you folks to join in with your ideas, I’ll be awarding a free copy of next month’s book to the person who contributes the most useful suggestion, and a free copy of the American edition of my book to whoever answers the questions most thoroughly.
There you go. What are you waiting for?
Anyway, wherever you are in Australia or the world, I hope you’re having a relaxed and productive week, and I hope the sun is shining for you more than it’s shining for me at the moment – we’ve had a run of crappy weather now that winter is dragging to a close, although the daffodils and other bulbs are all starting to spring up. Soon we won’t have to light the fire inside anymore, but that time is not yet with us. I’m still wearing a cardigan, a jumper and a coat when I go into my unheated shed to use the internet. But the end of the Olympics means I now have television access! I’ve really been wanting to get into Stranger Things and the most recent season of The 100…
Take it easy, and have a good week!