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Some kind of normal

We're all back to work, school, and sport now and I'm wondering, will it give me more time or less? 

Both the kids are at school now, and our household is returning to some kind of normality.  I'm hoping that this will result in a little more uninterrupted time for writing and reading, but I'm noticing my 'free time' is filling up very quickly. Does this happen to everyone?
To soften the blow of a new school (and work) year being well and truly upon us, I've got two competitions running in this month's newsletter, as well as an introduction to a new friend, and some suggestions for getting out and about town to listen to some fantastic stories.

I hope the year has started off beautifully for you all, and that you'll join in the TBYL fun.  Happy reading!

Our Big Book Give-Away

The TBYL big book give-away is up and running, and is a great chance to win a big bundle of books!

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. All you’ll need to do is keep an eye on the TBYL blog and on our Facebook page for chances to enter. 

Titles up for grabs include: 
Wild, by Cheryl  Strayed (Allen and Unwin)

Alice in Zombieland, by Gena Showalter (Harlequin Teen)

Produce to Platter: Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Ballarat and the Pyrenees, by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton (Smudge Publishing)

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Joanasson (Allen and Unwin)

Curses and Blessings for All Occasions, by Bradley Trevor Greive (Allen and Unwin).

There's three prize packs to be won and lots of chances to enter.

You can find out more about this big competition on the blog now...


Find the Lost Prince!

Each month, TBYL brings you new and exciting give-aways!

This month, we're thrilled to be able to give away three copies of the latest instalment in the 'Iron Fey' series, the magical The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)

'Julie has created a stunning world of likeable characters, surreal scenery and classical magic that will draw you into the story. You’ll be sure to enjoy the beautiful mystery of Nevernever and the gentle romance of the Ethan and Kenzie’s story...' 

You can read the full review, and an author interview here...

To go into the running, send an email to info@thatbookyoulike.com.au subject line 'The Lost Prince' and include your name and postal details and tell us about the last magical story that you read. You must have an Australian postal address to enter the competition.

Three winners will be chosen at random on 28.02.13 and notified by email.
This give-away is brought to us by Harlequin, and you can find out more about The Lost Prince on their website.

In Review

Featuring my favourite review from the month just gone... 

Mary-Rose MacColl's In Falling Snow (Allen and Unwin) is beautifully nostalgic and is, as promised, incredibly absorbing – it had me up until 4am one night, not able put it down.

"...war is a brutal thing, and when the ultimate tragedy happens, there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay, a price that will echo down the generations."

It’s hard to tell which is stronger in this novel, the romance of the era, the heartbreak of a lost brother, or the intrigue of a well-disguised mystery. Regardless, the bittersweet blend makes for quite a special story.

Read the full review here...

Welcome Carolyn...

We've got a new TBYL Reviewer, and I'm over the moon.

I'd very much like to welcome our newest TBYL Reviewer, Carolyn. Carolyn's a mum of two, an avid reader and a wonderful writer. Some of her favourite authors include Margaret Atwood, Tom Robbins, Kate Grenville, Tim Winton and Ruth Park - I can't wait to pick her brain about her favourite novels!

You can find out a little more about Carolyn here, and read her first TBYL review right here

New on the Reading Pile

My Reading Pile is tall and varied, but here's my pick of the bunch...

It's time for a change of pace, time for a memior and I'm looking forward to reading Anne H. Putnam's Navel Gazing (Allen and Unwin)

Almost every woman worries about her weight. For Anne H. Putnam, it became unavoidable - by the age of seventeen she weighed over twenty stone and had tried everything... When she decided to have weight-loss surgery, she thought her life would change. But now, nine years later and ten sizes smaller, she has discovered that changing your body doesn't automatically change how you feel about it.

Find out more

New in The TBYL Store!

There are few things I like better than new goodies in the store...

Do you share my problem? 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...

But I've got a solution and it's the TBYL Book Covers come into play! In the TBYL Store now, we've got a beautiful range of locally handmade book covers for just $22 (plus free delivery) and I'd love for you to take a look!

They're very affordable, easy to post and a great gift for young and old, you'll find them in the 'Book Covers' section of The Store.

TBYL Book Club: February

This month's book is Simon Rich's very funny What in God's Name...

It’s a quick read, quirky and satirical. It’s also wonderfully clever. The story of Eliza and Craig is well-thought out. The tongue-in-cheek corporatisation of Heaven, complete with a disinterested, indulged CEO (i.e. God) is put together cleverly and the interactions between Heaven and Earth had me really engaged… I think it should provide some great funny fodder for some entertaining conversations.

TBYL invites you to join the club! It's free, you can opt in and out as you like, and it's all online. 

Find out more about this month's book here... and buy a copy at The Store!

Diary Dates

As well as lots of reading, we love a good event.

This month, we start off the year with a bang!

Wheeler Centre Gala 2013, 9/2/13 in Melbourne, Victoria. Find out more.

Shakespeare for Kids (via Little Birdy Tix) Starting 22/2/13 in Hindmarsh, S.A. Find out more.

Plus, TBYL is planning it's very first live event in Melbourne in March 2013. If you'd like be contacted when more information becomes available, please email TBYL today at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au 
and we'll be in touch!

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