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Welcome to 2014!

Well, that was a nice break, and wow, did I need it?! I crashed out a couple of weeks earlier than planned, pretty much putting down the pen half-way through December. I was done and dusted, I needed a rest. And rest I did, it’s been the most incredible couple of weeks…

We did this…

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and so started to do this…

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The kids really enjoyed Christmas…

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and I really enjoyed this…

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and this…

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and these…

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Making a point to leave the house, we saw the sun set on 2013…

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admired a fairy floss sky…

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and kept the kids out ’til midnight…

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We enjoyed the quiet times…

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and the winning times…

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Mostly, we just enjoyed being together. We put our feet up, enjoyed the scenery (and the cider) and loved the summer break.

I hope you’ve had an equally wonderful time, and I’d love to hear about it. One of the things I hope for for TBYL this year is to hear more from you guys – I want to know more about you, about what you’re doing, about what you’ve seen, heard, read and written.

Please, feel free to share your summer days…

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 …

Visit the Beauty and Lace article here…

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Sign up for TBYL Book Club here…

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…

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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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Merry Christmas from TBYL

With the fuss and bother of end of school activities safely behind us, the family and I are already breathing a sigh of relief…

The tree is overflowing with tinsel and stars and its base is being kept warm by a huge bundle of gifts ready and wrapped for family and friends. We’ve one day left on our advent calendar, and Oscar is just about ready to burst with excitement in anticipation of Santa’s visit tonight.

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And so, with no further ado, we here at TBYL would like to wish all of you wonderful, wonderful bookish people a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Whether your celebrations are big, small or in between; whether you take the day easy, or rush madly between dishes and dinners; whether you asked Santa for books or toys or tech; we hope you have a most fantastic day with your loved ones!

On this special day, take a moment, have a chat, share a drink, read a book… enjoy your day, and those around you.

Lots of love from the crew at That Book You Like…