Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The #spbkchat #spbkchat wrap up

Last week our #spbkchat list was all about #spbkchat itself.

#spbkchat has been running just under three years with the format staying the same that whole time. As part of the brainstorm we decided to try a few new things.

The first thing we are going to trial is a slightly later start time. For a few weeks at least we are going to start chat at 8.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is 10.30pm New Zealand.

We are also going to start trialling a shorter chat. The chat will officially last for one hour but it doesn't matter if people want to hang around chatting after the official time is over. Some weeks there are lots of things to talk about and others not so much.

We will review the changes in the next couple of months and see if participants are happy with the changes or want to revert back to the original format.

In addition to brainstorming about the format, we came up with the topics to cover the next few months. I have now created the schedule which will take us through to March 2014.

20-Jun-2013 Miles Franklin prize
27-Jun-2013 Best books of the year ... So far
4-Jul-2013 General chat
11-Jul-2013 Reading indigenous literature
18-Jul-2013 Expectations vs reality
25-Jul-2013 Adaptations
1-Aug-2013 General chat
8-Aug-2013 Podcasts
15-Aug-2013 Contemporary fiction
22-Aug-2013 Book clubs - what works and what doesn't
29-Aug-2013 Most anticipated new releases for spring/fall
5-Sep-2013 General chat
12-Sep-2013 Translated fiction/best translators
19-Sep-2013 Music in/with books
26-Sep-2013 Cookbooks
3-Oct-2013 #spbkchat bookclub - Neil Gaiman
10-Oct-2013 Reading recommendations
17-Oct-2013 zombies
24-Oct-2013 Act of reading and/or blogging
31-Oct-2013 spooky reads
7-Nov-2013 General chat
14-Nov-2013 Favourite authors
21-Nov-2013 Judging books by their covers
28-Nov-2013 Storing your books - help, I need more bookcases!
5-Dec-2013 #spbkchat bookclub - Emma by Jane Austen
12-Dec-2013 buying books as gifts
19-Dec-2013 Christmas reads
26-Dec-2013 best books of the year
2-Jan-2014 New year reading resolutions
9-Jan-2014 General chat
16-Jan-2014 Most anticipated books of 2014
23-Jan-2014 Reading Challenges - yay or nay
30-Jan-2014 Audiobooks
6-Feb-2014 General chat
13-Feb-2014 YA
20-Feb-2014 Libraries
27-Feb-2014 Crime
6-Mar-2014 #spbkchat topics/general chat
13-Mar-2014 Most anticipated new releases for autumn/spring
20-Mar-2014 Non Fiction

Friday, June 21, 2013

The #spbkchat Miles Franklin Prize list

The list of books and authors from the 20th June chat on the Miles Franklin Prize chat.


'Oscar and Lucinda'
Tiffany book
Great Expectations
Mister Pip
The Slap
'The Gift of Speed'
All That I Am & Dirt Music
That Deadman Dance
50 Shades
The Bird
Mateship of Birds


China Mieville
Tim Winton
Tom Keneally
Question of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
The Jesus Man by Christos Tsiolkas
Dead Europe by Christos Tsiolkas
Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas
'The White Earth' by Andrew McGahan
'The Gift of Speed'
'The Great Fire' by Shirley Hazzard
'Seven Types of Ambiguity'
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
The Slap Christos Tsiolkas