We, at The Sunday Book Club, have always tried to be different and unique in spreading our love for books.
We started off with what we believe was a first-of-its-kind twitter chat about books in India, and then introduced other book-related hashtags that run across the week to engross and engage with book lovers from around the world. We have also organised giveaways from time to time. So, amidst all these new ideas (and with more to come), we thought of doing something familiar, something that everyone would expect a “Book Club” to do.
On the day when we celebrate our 100th #TSBC chat, we are excited to announce the start of a bi-monthly (once every two months) twitter book chat that follows the norms of a “normal” or regular book club.
In a nutshell, at the start of every two months, we will announce one book that we would like everyone to read. The reason why we are doing this on a bi-monthly basis is because this will give everyone ample time to source the book and also time to read it, keeping in mind varied reading speeds.
The hashtag that we will be using for this activity will be #TSBookChat and while we encourage everyone to interact with each other about the book, the idea is to save all your discussions till the last Sunday of the second month when we will have a nice long discussion about the book starting at 20:00 IST. We don’t want to put a stipulated time on the length of the discussion, and while we will moderate the same with some pre-decided questions, we also want everyone to participate. Therefore, we will try and have some time when we can tackle your questions and observations and share them with everyone.
As for the books that we will choose for #TSBookChat, they will differ in genres and hopefully we will have a nice mixture of classic and modern tales over time. From time to time, we will also take informal feedback from the regular participants about the type of books they want included in the book chat.
We also hope that once we announce the name of the book you will let us know if you plan on participating in the book chat, as this will help us get an idea of the number of people and most importantly if the type of book that we have chosen are of interest to you or not.
We also want to let you know that, as of now, we do not have a policy wherein we work with publishers, PR agencies, or authors. Thus, all books that are shortlisted for a #TSBCBookChat will not be influenced by any of them. However, if we do collaborate with any of the above at any given time, we will announce the same beforehand.
We will also keep a list of books and dates of discussion that we have/plan to talk at the end of this post for your reference, so that you can always come back here and know which book we will be discussing next and when. We will obviously be tweeting the details of the book along with links, if possible, to make it easier for you to track it. But as always we recommend to check yourself and purchase the books from wherever you feel comfortable.
As with everything new, please remember that we might have a few hiccups along the way and we are more than happy to take in your feedback. Also please remember that it is just the three of us working on everything that is The Sunday Book Club. So at times if we are unable to get back to you immediately, we hope that you will understand.
Enough talking, it’s time to start #TSBookChat with …
Book Author Day and Date of Discussion
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote Sunday, September 28, 2014
2. Raag Darbari Shrilal Shukla Sunday, November 30, 2014
3. V for Vendetta Alan Moore Sunday, January 25, 2015
4. English August Upamanyu Chatterjee Sunday, March 29, 2015