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A Little More: About TBYL

I’ll admit to being a little bit surprised by the request from Michelle at Beauty and Lace. They wanted to know a little bit more about That Book You Like and about the blogger behind it (that’d be me).

My pink popular penguinsI was a little nervous, it’s usually about the books, you know?  But in the end I decided it would be fun exercise and agreed to answer a few questions about TBYL.

I had a chance to chat about my favourite books, my favourite authors, and more generally, how TBYL came about.

If you’re curious to find out a little bit more about this bookish blog, and about what’s rattling about in my busy brain, here it is …

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Off-kilter, doomed and unrequited

I’m not a hopeless romantic, but I like a good love story as much as the next girl. For me, the most compelling romances are a little off-kilter, sometimes a little sad, and at times, hopeless unrequited. Most often they take place in the context of a wonderfully told, much larger, story.

A Farewell to ArmsIt’s probably no surprise to you that Valentines Day had me rummaging through my bookshelf in order to have a flick through some of my favourite love stories. Here’s my top four…

1. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway. Set against the gritty, shell-shocked backdrop of World War I, I was transfixed. Oh Henry and Catherine, you made me cry. In public. In a cafe. Shame on you, Hemingway for making me care so much.

2. Still Life with Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins. This wild, wild ride of radical princess Leigh-Cheri and the mad bomber Bernard has had me re-reading this book many times over many years. The unlikely pairing of a disgraced cheerleader and a jagged-toothed drunk, I believed every word and have never since stopped asking the question… “How do you make love stay?”

3. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A novel of decadence, full of shallow people and shallow lives, Daisy so whimsical it almost feels like she could float away at any moment. The love affair between Gatsby and Daisy remains one of my favourites. Doomed from the start, this romance was at once both superficial and equally rife with complications. Two beautifully flawed characters in a fickle, conflicted time.

4. The Riders, by Tim Winton. I don’t know if may would classify what Fred and Jennifer have as a romance, but I do know that this novel it a gut-wrenching love story that’s stayed with me, darkly, since I read it a couple of years ago. Fred Scully is hopelessly and violently in love with his wife Jennifer. Problem is, she’s no where to be found. His search for her, his unrequited love and the great mystery around their relationship is completely compelling and hopelessly, horribly romantic.

Do you have a favourite love story?

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Last chance to enter our big book give-away!

Firstly, and again, I’d like to thank everyone who’s entered the competition so far – I’ve had an absolute ball reading your answers. After I’ve drawn the winners, I’ll share some of my favourite entries!

Crime-2-400Today is your very last chance to enter the TBYL big book give-away, I’ll be drawing winners after midnight tonight.

To enter today, you need to tell me a little story… emailed to info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line STORY TIME. It can be a short story or a long story, truth or tall-tale, about anything you’d like. I just want to hear a few of your wonderful words! 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.

I can’t wait to hear your stories!

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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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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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Oscar’s a little bit famous…

Today’s blog post has gone wandering and found a home over at Mums Lounge…

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Oscar's journalAlthough it is tempting to just sit and play for the month of January, I also try and use the holidays to regroup, to spend a little time on the things we might neglect when we’re busy during the year. I sort clothes, clean cupboards and try and spend a little time getting the kids ready for the year to come.

My youngest is starting school next year, and I’m keen to get him in the right head-space for the classroom. I suspect that this will be important, as he’s a pretty typical boy and likes to spend most of his time moving… running, jumping, fighting invisible foes. Sitting down and writing, drawing and reading comes a poor second to these more active endeavours. I fear he’s going to get quite a shock when it’s insisted upon that he sit for more than five minutes at a time.

As such, I’ve come up with five ‘projects’ that I’m going to undertake with Oscar, to engage him a little more with reading and writing. He loves books, and so that’s where I’ll start, with lots of reading. Then I’ll extend this interest with five activities that will hopefully be fun, colourful and playful. Here’s the plan…

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Do your kids love to read and write? Did you have to encourage them? Do you have any suggestions of ways to help kids get ready for school?

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Take a tour: The new TBYL website

At this time of year, I like to do a little bit of sorting out, a bit of tidying up, and generally getting things in order for the new year. This year, that process has included a major renovation of my online hang-out, the TBYL website.

You may have already taken a look around, but in case you’ve not had a chance yet… here’s a guided tour.

The That Book You Like… website is a great way to access all the exciting things that are going on with TBYL – the TBYL Book Club, the TBYL Store and new specials, and of course the blog. Maybe worth a bookmark?

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You’ll find latest news, upcoming events and blog features on the front page…

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You can get some reading ideas from the TBYL Reading Pile. This list is also a great way to track down past reviews on the blog…

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Of course, the TBYL website is where the TBYL Store lives. Visit often, there’s always new products being added and specials weekly. You can now search for products that you’re after and if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can submit a ‘Product Enquiry’ directly from this page and we’ll help you track down what you’re looking for.

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For those of you who are new to the TBYL Book Club, you can find out more information about it here, and click through to join up. You’ll also be able to find out what’s going on in the club this month in the blue box on the right-hand side of the page…

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Finally, if you’re looking to get in touch with us, you can do so very easily from our contact page…

contact us tbyl website

Ah, don’t you love modern technology? So pretty and so easy to use. I hope you enjoy taking a look around the site, and please feel free to let us know what you think!

You can visit the new site here…

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Over this month, I’m going to be catching up on a lot of books that have been sitting on my reading pile for a few months now. Hopefully it’ll give you some great reading ideas for the summer, and clear some space for the new year’s titles! Stay tuned for stacks of reviews, and of course Happy New Year from TBYL!

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