Be in it to win it!

Adapt and win

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about film adaptations. There’s been chatter about the film version of The Book Thief, and the newest trailer for another adaptation of Great Expectations. Not to mention the new(ish) On The Road film I’ve still not had a chance to see…

Helena Bonham Carter, Miss HaveshamAnd so, today’s chance to enter the TBYL big book give-away is all about the silver screen, or more specifically the process of page to film.

Let us know which book-to-film adaptations you either love or loath, by emailing info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line SILVER SCREEN. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address in your email and let me know if you’d mind me sharing your response on Facebook.

As a little note, I’d like to thank everyone who’s entered the competition so far. Your answers have been fantastic, creative and wonderfully entertaining. My apologies if I don’t have a chance to acknowledge each message personally, there’s a lot, but rest assured I’m receiving and loving them.

Don’t hesitate to enter and spread the word, there’s just a couple more chances to enter!

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Running late, a chance to enter!

On no – I’m running a little late with the TBYL News: All Things Bookish... this month! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been skipping and jumping all over my to-do-list, not getting much traction, while I’ve been busy getting the kids settled into new schools and getting my head around a new work year.

But, I think kids and work aren’t very interesting reasons for running late, and today I want to see how creative you are…

Today’s chance to enter the TBYL big book give-away is all about creative excuses!

I want you to come up with the most creative excuse for why the newsletter is running late this month and to email it to me at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address in your email and let me know if you’d be happy for me to share your entry on Facebook.

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Which would you choose? Another chance to win…

Thanks so much for your birthday greetings, I can’t believe we’ve hit two years already! Of course, thanks also for the wonderful virtual gifts! TBYL loved all of your ‘presents’ and I’ll particularly treasure my red pillar post box, my brand new reading room and the special clock that stops time to allow for more and more reading!

Today’s chance to enter the TBYL big book give-away is all about taking care of your books! I’m sure, if you’re anything like me you’ve got plenty of books that look a bit like this…

wrecked books

After travelling around with me in bags, on public transport and in coat pockets, many of my most loved books are looking a little worse for wear. That’s where the TBYL Book Covers come into play!

In the TBYL Store now, we’ve a beautiful range of locally handmade book covers for just $22 (plus free delivery) and I’d love for you to take a look.

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For today’s chance to enter our competition you’ll need to visit The Store (click here) and take a look at our book cover range.

Let us know which design would be your favourite by emailing info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line BOOK COVERS and let us know why you’d choose that particular design. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address in your email.

And of course, feel free to have a little browse around the TBYL Store while you’re there!

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Happy birthday and a chance to win!

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear TBYL, happy birthday to you!

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Yesterday, TBYL turned 2 years old. Can you believe it? Time certainly flies when your having fun…

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Hundreds of reviews
Bundles of books
Great new reviewers
Many, many great nights out at fantastic events
Wonderful new friends by the thousands
And endless, untold fun still to be had!

Thanks to everyone for helping make the last two years so much fun, and I can’t wait to see what’s up next!


Today’s chance to enter the TBYL big book give-away is all about birthday wishes!

Let us know what you would give That Book You Like… as a birthday gift, by emailing info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line HAPPY BIRTHDAY and give us a little idea of why you’d choose that particular present. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address in your email.

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Join the conversation for a chance to win!

Today’s chance to win is a little bit different, and requires you to GET INVOLVED!

To enter the TBYL big book give-away today you need to contribute to our TBYL Book Club discussion.

summer readingFor this month’s book club, we’re chatting about our summer reading and everyone who gets involved in the conversation over at The Club will recieve one entry into the competition draw. The conversation will continue until Wednesday evening and you can join the Group here…

What’s the TBYL Book Club?
Each month the club brings you a new, exciting book to read, discuss and share. We’ll be suggesting a variety of titles over the year, encouraging you to read widely, differently and adventurously. It’s a perfect excuse to get reading, and to make time to chat with other readers about great books.

It’s online, it’s free and you can opt in and opt out as you’d like. You can join the club here…

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TBYL big book give-away, question 2

This is so much fun, I love doing give-aways and your answers so far have been great! Thanks.

Just to clarify too, you can enter any time! Every email response counts as one entry, you can enter each round once and winners will be chosen at random once the competition closes.

Here’s another chance to win!

Today’s chance to enter the TBYL big book give-away is all about aspirations!

Let us know what your reading or writing goals are for 2013, by emailing info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line MY GOALS and giving me a run down of what you’re hoping for the new year of literature. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address in your email.

readingFor the record, my goals are to read faster, but not so fast that I don’t enjoy each book I pick up and to continue to explore the wonderful works of Australian authors.

I’m also planning on reading some of those ‘classics’ that I should have already read, but haven’t. I’m starting with A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey.

I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got planned.

 

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TBYL big book give-away has started!

I’ve gotten too impatient,  I can’t wait for 1500 Likers. The number’s just not all that important, when we’ve build such a wonderful bookish community already.

And so, with no further ado, I’m going to run our big book give-away now!

Because I’ve got so many books to give-away, I’m going to be running this competition over a couple of weeks, and there will be multiple opportunities to enter (the first of which you’ll find below). All you’ll need to do is keep an eye on the TBYL blog and on our Facebook page for chances to enter. Each time there’s a chance to enter you’ll need to…

1. Follow the directions given.
2. Email TBYL at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the information requested.
3. Have an Australian postal address.

All emails  will count as one entry and at the close of the competition I’ll use an online random generator to pick three winners. The prizes are fantastic…

First prize
A bookish bundle consisting of three great titles… Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (Allen and Unwin), Alice in Zombieland, by Gena Showalter (Harlequin Teen) and Produce to Platter: Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Ballarat and the Pyrenees, by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton (Smudge Publishing).

Prize 1

Second prize
More great titles… The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Joanasson (Allen and Unwin) and Produce to Platter: Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Ballarat and the Pyrenees, by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton (Smudge Publishing).

Third prize
A copy of the very funny Curses and Blessing for All Occasions, by Bradley Trevor Greive (Allen and Unwin)

I’ll draw three winners on 11 February 2013. Winners will be announced here and contacted by email as well.

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Today’s chance to enter is an easy one…

All you need to do is email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line MY FAVOURITE and tell us which of the books being given away in this competition would you most like to get your hands on. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address in your email.

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I hope you’ll enjoy this fun and games, I can’t wait to give-away some goodies! Don’t forget to let you friends know about competition and about That Book You Like! The more the merrier!

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Give-away: Send us a Christmas Card!

I love Christmas cards! It’s one of my favourite things about Christmas, and I try as to get my cards out each year, even if I have to do it a little last minute (like this year, phew!)

My obsession is with sending cards, but I also get a little thrill when I receive one in return. And so, I thought I’d do a little something different for this give-away…

I’m asking you to send That Book You Like a Christmas card!!

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If you do, you’ll go into the running to win one of the gorgeous hand-made book covers now in store at the TBYL Store. They’re exclusive to our store, made with love and make beautiful gifts for bookish friends and family.

 

All you have to do to go into the running is to send TBYL a Christmas card, to P.O. Box 2074, Hampton East, Vic, 3188. Make sure you include your name, email and postal address in the card.

I’ll draw one winner at random on Thursday 27 December 2012, after 5pm. I’ll announce a winner on the blog and email the winner as well. The winner will be able to choose from the range of book cover designs in store at the time of the winner being drawn.

I hope you’ll join the fun! It’d be great to hear from you!

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Just a few friends away from a massive book give-away

A little while back, I promised to hold a big give-away when we hit 1500 likers on Facebook. Since then we’ve been creeping towards the magic number, but we’re not quite there yet. I need your help so that I can send some book prizes to some lucky readers!

Once we hit 1500 on our Facebook page, which you’ll find here… I’ll open up entries to win one of three prize packs!

First prize
A bookish bundle consisting of three great titles… Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (Allen and Unwin), Alice in Zombieland, by Gena Showalter (Harlequin Teen) and Produce to Platter: Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Ballarat and the Pyrenees, by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton (Smudge Publishing).

Prize 1

Second prize
More great titles… The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Joanasson (Allen and Unwin) and Produce to Platter: Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Ballarat and the Pyrenees, by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton (Smudge Publishing).

Third prize
A copy of the very funny Curses and Blessing for All Occasions, by Bradley Trevor Greive (Allen and Unwin)

Prize 2 and 3

You like?

So, once we hit the big one-five-oh-oh I’ll open the competition for entries – let’s see what we can do!

The ticket – That Book You Like on Facebook – spread the word!

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First stop on the Penguin-napper Tour…

I was thrilled when Sally Harris invited me to be part of her current blog tour celebrating the launch of her new book Diary of a Penguin-Napper (Frankly Books), and I was honoured to be first cab off the rank, the first stop on the Penguin-napper touring schedule. Here’s what I thought of Sally’s fun book and a few words from the author herself…

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The combination of kids and books can create a lot of joy for a bookish parent – there’s nothing quite like watching a kid with their head buried in a book, gasping or giggling, depending on their preferred genre. Nonetheless, it can also present a number of challenges.

There’s the challenge of getting them to read in the first place, and secondly, should you be successful with challenge number one, there’s the further challenge of keeping up an adequate supply of new books for a veracious reader. It’s no mean feat keeping my 12-year-old’s shelves filled with new and exciting books – he reads so fast!

Sally Harris’ Diary of a Penguin-Napper is a fantastic help in meeting both these challenges…

When 11 (and a half) year old Marty is partnered up with Jessica on the overnight science trip, he thinks all of this dreams are about to come true.  It’s his big chance to impress the most beautiful girl in Year 7 (and probably the world) and he wouldn’t miss it for anything.

Only problem is: Marty can’t afford to go on the overnight trip. Yet.

Inspired by the urban myth that it is possible to steal a penguin from the zoo on a school visit, Diary of a Penguin-napper is a hilarious tale of growing up, bending the rules and how one big fuss can be caused by stealing just one little penguin.

It’s light, funny, illustrated and cheeky enough to engage any kid from start to finish. It’s light-heartenedness and mischievous characters and storyline makes it a great pick for a reluctant reader, as does the diary-style interludes which break up the text nicely, making it less daunting for newer readers. Our hero, Marty is in high school, in love and in trouble. He’d try just about anything to be able to afford to pay for the overnight excursion coming up at school, especially as it’ll give him a chance for some quality time with his major crush, girlfriend-to-be (he hopes!) Jessica…

“… To be honest, I’m feeling a bit dubious about the whole thing. Rather than make me look older, I think the outfit makes me look like a kid wearing a slightly-too-large horrible seventies suit. I wish I had some facial hair to make me look more grown up. I have even tried to cover up some of my larger pimples with some of Jen’s make-up and now my face looks about as orange as my shirt.”

One think leads to another and hilarity ensues, complete with a delightful combination of police (and parental) interrogation, tinned tuna and penguin poo.

Diary of a Penguin-Napper would suit well a wide range of readers, both boys and girls and children between about 8 and 11-years-old. It’s similar in style to favourites such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and books by Andy Griffith and you’ll have no trouble keeping the kids engaged in this fast-paced and fun-filled story. What a great way to help get kids reading!

I was very fortunate to have a chance to have a chat with the author Sally Harris…

You’ve been writing since you were a little kid – what first drew you to story-telling?
I think the thing that first attracted me to story-telling was that you could make things up and you wouldn’t get in trouble for it.  In fact, creativity was encouraged!  Mum always gave my sister and I lots of opportunities for imaginative play as children and I think this carried over into my writing and into many other facets of life.  Now, as an adult, I find that when faced with a problem, sometimes I come up with the most elaborate and creative solution, when really there is actually a much more straightforward option available!

Also, I think that it helps that I’ve I never really stopped writing, since I first learned how.  Some people finished high school and were so pleased that they would never have to pick up a pen to be creative again.  I kept journaling and, more recently, blogging, as well as creative writing, and I think that has meant that I’ve never lost the skill or the imagination for it.

What are your favourite authors – kids and adults novels?
Have you got all day?  One of the difficulties I have as a writer is that I tend to write in the style of whatever book I am reading at the time.  I’m like a chameleon! So, I’ve worked out that when I’m working on a new story, it works best if I’m reading books by authors like Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Andy Griffiths.  I also enjoy Cathy Cassidy, Jacqueline Wilson and Enid Blyton (although the list could go on forever!)  When I take time out to read adult novels, I love reading Maeve Binchy and Lisa Jewell, who are really wonderful storytellers and craft such real characters, and I try to get through a couple of classics a year too.  There are just so many great books out there and just not nearly enough time!

What do you hope kids will like most about ‘Diary of a Penguin-Napper’?
I really hope that the story will make kids laugh.  As a teacher and in my current role as a library teacher, I know that kids (and adults) love humorous stories and they love to be entertained.  When I wrote ‘Diary of a Penguin-napper’, I really had reluctant readers in mind.  Those kids who are just not into reading, but who might get interested in books if they knew just how funny they could be.  I really wanted my book to be a title that teachers could give those children and say “Try this.  If you don’t enjoy it I’ll be surprised!”

If you had the chance, would you abscond with a penguin?
Well, if my extensive research for this book has taught me anything, it is that Little Penguins look pretty cute, small and adorable, but that they have sharp beaks.  The keepers that work with them need to be careful or wear gloves, otherwise they can get pretty good nicks on their hands because of that.  I think if I was going to steal an animal from the zoo, I’d go with something bigger and more impressive if you pulled it off.  Like an elephant or giraffe, perhaps?

What’s next on the cards? Will we hear more from Marty?
There is a second story about Marty currently on the cards and, of course, the characters of Fat, Skinny and Turds will also make an appearance.  I’m also working on some short stories and other bits and pieces, so at this stage, I don’t know which project will be finished first!  The school holidays are coming up, so I find that to be a good chance to knuckle down and get writing.

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Diary of a Penguin-napper is currently available as a paperback from the TBYL Store.  You can also find it on Amazon as a paperback and for Kindle.  It is also flying off the shelves (or should that be waddling?) in a range of e-book formats from Smashwords.

PLUS… 

Win a copy!

We hear at TBYL are pleased to be able to offer a copy of Diary of a Penguin-napper to one lucky reader!

All you need to do is email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line PENGUIN-NAPPER and tell us which animal you would steal from the zoo if you could. Don’t forget to include your postal address in your email.

I’ll draw a winner at random on Monday 26 November 2012. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Finally, as part of her blog tour, Sally will be chatting with Alison Wells over at Head Above Water tomorrow.  You can find out more about Sally and her book at http://www.frankly-books.com or by following her on Twitter @frankybooks.

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