Out Now! TBYL News: All Things Bookish December 2013

This month’s edition of TBYL News: All Things Bookish… is now out, chock full of Christmas give-aways!

cardsThere’s eight great books from Allen and Unwin to win, plus two vouchers from the TBYL Store! 

You can find out more in this month’s newsletter,you’re welcome to enter one competition or enter them all, it’s up to you!

 I hope you’ll enjoy our December edition! Click here to read TBYL News: All Things Bookish… December 2013

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And of course, we here at TBYL hope you have a very merry Christmas season!


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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Sending it old school!

I have a little tradition at this time of year. It’s a tradition that I share with many other people, but not as many as I would like. It’s a little bit old school, some might say a touch outdated.

I’ve made my list, and I’ve checked it twice. I’ve restocked my inventory, lined up at the post office, and now I’m ready to go.

Tonight I start writing my Christmas cards. It’s one of my favourite things about Christmas, and although each year I find it a bit of a push to get them out on time, it’s a challenge I’ll always make time for.

I, like many others, miss letter writing, hand-written words on hand-picked stationary, considered (sometimes drafted) updates from friends and family. As a child, I had wonderful pen-friends from around the world, some who wrote often, others whose letters came less frequently. Regardless, it was always such a thrill to get home from school to find a new letter sitting on my bed waiting for me.

I was so obsessed with getting mail that I made myself a cardboard letterbox which I stuck to my bedroom door with sticky-tape, a personalised letterbox for me to check each day when I got home.

Sadly, I write few letters now days, and although I often receive lovely notes from my mum and grandma, my main fix of mail comes at Christmas time.

And so, I insist on being a little bit old fashioned and sending out my Christmas cards, sometimes accompanied by a photo of the boys or a special little catch-up note. It’s a great way to make sure people know we’re still kicking and where we’re at (important when you move around a bit). It’s a wonderful, simple way to reconnect with friends and family each year.

I received my first Christmas card today from my Grandma Joan, and with a smile on my face I hung it above the window on the string I’d strung, ready and waiting. Now I know that Christmas is nearly here…

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