Meet the facilitators
Who are you people?
The people listed below are the facilitators for this blog. We’ll be kicking off the discussion each month and moderating comments.
Like in a real-world book club, we thought it would be nice for you know a bit about us. Here are the introductions (you’ll notice that some of us are shyer than others!):
- Timothy: I’ll be chipping in most often on fantasy, sci-fi, historical works, and cookery-related posts. I’m a published writer, so I’ll also be commenting on our writers’ events and resources. I’m one of the technology nerds, so I’ll be bringing you odd bits of computery goodness, like episodic audio fiction.
- Loupie: If it stays still long enough, I’ll read it. I particularly like folklore and mythologically based fantasy/horror/magic realism. I also love historical novels whether they are real world or alternate history. Oh, and mysteries – I like them too. Happily, my head is full or weird trivia and assorted esoterica, so I’ll be contributing amusing, but ultimately useless, bits and bobs.
- Joy: I enjoy reading everything and my very favourite books are picture books. I tend to read things in genres. At the moment I am reading some historical novels and have just finished reading a series of fantasy novels. I also especially enjoy anything Australian. At the moment I am reading an Australian historical novel. I am a bit of an old fashioned girl and just enjoy a good physical book to hold in my hands and enjoy – the smell, the feel – all adds to the enjoyment of the book!
- DJ: I’ll read just about anything and everything. My favourite genres, if I really have to narrow it down, would include historical fiction, thrillers and fantasy. I love books that educate, encourage emotions and entice me to think outside the square. I love finding books for colleagues, friends and customers that they wouldn’t normally consider reading. Expect me to ask questions, and pick your brains about books that compliment a reader’s mood or interest.
- Kerry1: My reading tastes are eclectic. I love heroic fantasy, epic fantasy, psychological thrillers, mysteries, contemporary biography and classics. I read magazines from Country life to New scientist and Hello. I believe that it’s important to keep abreast of all the important events in the world so I read at least two trash mags a week – usually while standing in line at the supermarket. I am also the queen of plots when it comes to thrillers and murder mysteries and always know whodunit and why.
- Sam: I’m a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to reading. I confess that I do really enjoy what is called the Chick Lit genre but I’m also into the classics and I read various autobiographies and biographies. I read about the lives of footballers (especially from the Brisbane Broncos), celebrities and also your everyday people. I do like to watch tv series on DVD that the library holds from past serials to the modern shows and vampires excite me too. I will be posting on what I am reading and watching and hope to comment about what others are reading and watching too. I look forward to some interesting discussions.
- Jules: I usually have at least three books going at any one time. One will be an entertaining, accessible read i.e. a book that can be picked up and put down at any time without needing any work to get in to. It will probably be fiction and could be a thriller, a saga or an historical novel. The second will probably be a non-fiction book, either a biography or something interesting that has caught my eye and I can dip in to when the mood strikes. The third will be something “worthy” that has been well reviewed and sounded interesting in the reviews which I am possibly having trouble getting through. (I no longer worry about putting aside a book I am not enjoying – what do they say, take your age off 100 and if it hasn’t grabbed you in that many pages, let it go.) As I have a 45 minute drive to work one of these (or even a fourth!) will be an audiobook. For me audiobooks need to be fast-paced and totally absorbing or I end up in a daydream and missing the story. A good audiobook makes my daily commute enjoyable and sometimes I just stay in the car when I get home!
- Shirl: My favourite reads are mysteries and thrillers with a few historical novels, but I also read a good selection of other fiction genres and non-fiction that catches my interest. At the moment I am reading the latest in Jean Auel’s Earths Children series, but I also enjoy listening to CD audiobooks as I travel to work, and have audiobooks downloaded from the libraries OverDrive site which are great to listen to on MP3 player. I love discussing the great reads that come my way, and look forward to sharing with you.
- Missy: Hi I am new to the team and enjoy reading a wide variety of books. I can never be without a book at hand, reading helps me sleep. My favourite book of all time is Anne of Green Gables.
- danit27: Hi, I’m also new to the team and enjoy reading, anything really but in particular Fantasy fiction. Hopefully I’ll bring interesting suggestions to BookCoasters followers. Enjoy!
- Bibliophile: Just in case you’re wondering….no, that is not the name that appears on my birth certificate, but the alias I don when I enter Library Land. Many types of books appeal to me. I travel from genre to genre and YES, I am guilty of frequently judging a book by its cover. I delight in opening the cover of a book, escaping into its pages and experiencing “The Narnia effect”, where you step magically from that dark wardrobe and discover a whole different realm. Oh and if you’re wondering, my favourite book in the whole wide world is my passport.
- Karenlb: I’m an avid ebook reader but will indulge in the occasional physical book too. My reading tastes are mixed. I love non-fiction covering history, travel and adventure. I also love Australian and literary fiction as well as a good dose of horror, fantasy and sci-fi.
- sophieanna: I read at whim. I go by good looking covers, quirky titles, recommendations and books that don’t fit on the shelf when I am shelving. I have embraced the audio book and am working through the classics in audio form.
- bababarclay: I’m a lover not a fighter. I’m a reader and a dreamer. I choose books from recommendations and am a sucker for crime and mystery novels but I am easily swayed to read young adult novels too.