Book Coasters is a space for customers and library staff to share reviews, links, tips, tricks, how-to guides and information. It’s an online book club, where we can all share our thoughts on books we love (and books we don’t!). Library staff frequently post interesting articles, but like any book club, it’s all about discussion. We’d love to hear from you!

As well as providing a space for us to discuss books, there’s also a range of information on Book Coasters especially for book lovers – from tips for running your own book club, to a selection of resources for readers.

What can I do here?

You can share your thoughts, and chat with staff and other participants, using comments and posts. Through this you can gain a deeper, and more enjoyable, rapport with the books you are reading. You can find new works to pique your interest. You can create friendships that spill across into the real world.

It’s just like a traditional book club, but with a team of library staff, each with their own particular interests and specialisations, as your facilitators.

As well as sharing book reviews of what we’re currently reading, we post a range of reading-related posts in our distractions section. We have a series of discussion question posts, suitable for use by book clubs, many of which are for use with our library service’s book club kits.

The very first time you try to comment, your post will be held for checking, but after that your comments will be published immediately. This system is in place to cut down spam (junk mail), which will make your participation here more enjoyable.

How do I write articles for Book Coasters?

If you’re interested in writing articles that kick off discussions (called ‘posts’), check out our help sheet for bloggers.

How can I send you feedback about Book Coasters

Comment on any post, or email us your feedback.

Why Book Coasters?

The idea is that you are reading at your own pace.  It’s a play on coasting, which can mean something casual like cruising down a canal in a gondola, or can mean something thrilling, like rollercoasting. Also, most of us are Gold Coasters. Please feel free to comment, but we can’t cancel your library fines!

So…welcome to Book Coasters!