Our montly newsletter TBYL News: All Things Bookish... the best place to get reviews, news, meet special guests and enter exclusive give-aways.


Well, this is new isn't it? It's funny, my Mum always said I liked a chat, and that I was never short of a word to say. It would seem that I've found yet another way to chatter away to all you lovely, bookish people. 

TBYL News: All Things Bookish... is a perfect way for you to keep up with the latest news and reviews and to hear from the very special guests with whom I cross paths. I'll be running newsletter exclusive give-aways and specials in The Store, and there'll be plenty of link-backs to blogs, events calendars and websites - all in the aim to make sure that you get to hear about all the fantastic things that are happening in the world of books and beyond.

I'm glad you've joined me, and I hope you enjoy a little time out to have a read.

TBYL Book Club: May 2012

This month's book is Kathryn Stockett's The Help...

Enjoyed by many, and moving to most, The Help is worthy of both reading and discussion. As this month's TBYL Book Club book, Stockett's novel will no doubt spark many interesting conversations in the last week of May. We'd love for you to join us.

TBYL invites you to join the club! It's free, you can opt in and out as you like, and it's all online. A perfect way to connect with other bookish people. 

If you'd like to find out a little more about this month's book, I've reviewed it on the blog, here... and if you'd like to buy a copy, you'll find it at The Store!

I can't wait to hear what you think of this very readable, very touching novel. 

The Essential Readers Kit

Each month, we'll be bringing you a exclusive TBYL News Specials!

This month's exclusive newsletter offer is on 'The Essential Readers Kit'. I'm pleased to be able to offer this gorgeous collection for just $30 (normally $40) for the month of May.

Including a copy of 'Mateship with Birds' by Carrie Tiffany, a lovely O-check notebook and a set of O-check pencils, this is not only amazing value but also a perfect way to get yourself or a friend reading with purpose. Shop Now!

Read the Review

Be My Guest...

Jackie is the brains behind the lovely site My Little Bookcase. She was kind enough to share with us a little of the 'why' behind MLB, and some information about what's going on for her at the moment.

My Little Bookcase is more than just a place to shelve your children’s books. We believe that a love of reading is one of the most important ingredients in helping children become confident and capable readers. So, My Little Bookcase was established as an online resource where parents could find a wealth of inspiring ideas for reading and sharing books with their children.

It was always an aim of My Little Bookcase to become a community for parents and caregivers to share their own ideas and experiences. The Little Book Adventure has allowed this inspirational sharing to take place, and many readers have enjoyed leave questions or comments on our Facebook page for each another.

The Little Book Adventure is a series of projects being run as part of The National Year of Reading. Participants are encouraged to take part in one project per month, the aim of each project being to help parents and teachers find new and exciting ways to enjoy and explore books with their children, and make the most of their reading experiences. We are currently into our third project, but it is never too late to join in the fun. More details about the adventure are available here

We here at TBYL have signed up to The Little Book Adventure, and the kids and I are having a ball. It really is a fantastic way to encourage a love of books and reading!

In Review

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

Markus Zusak's The Book Thief has effortlessly made it's way into my top five. I love this book, and had to share my reasons why. 

The beauty of The Book Thief is as much about how the story is told, as it is about the story itself. It is poetically told, it ebbs and flows like music. It is skillful prose, and it’s quiet intensity makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Markus’ story made me shiver, cry, smile...

Read the full review

New in store!

Every month we find lovely new things to add to The Store...

This month, we've added a few choice stationery items to our range.

Our special range now includes this versatile and beautifully packaged O-check Blackboard.

Great for the kids, for the kitchen, or as an ever-changing decorative piece, it's available at The Store now for just $19.95.

Shop Now!

New on the Reading Pile

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

One of the newest books to be added to my reading pile is Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules (Harlequin Teen) a paranormal YA adventure, not for the faint hearted. Watch out for my review.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. 

Find out more

Diary Dates

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

The next couple of months are full of some amazing literary events, well worth getting out and about for. You might like to check out...

Freedom of Speech is Over Rated, presented by The Wheeler Centre. Melbourne Town Hall, 8 May 2012.

Sydney Writers Festival, 14 - 20 May 2012. Visit their website here.

Christopher Paolini, author of the Eragon series, presented by the Melbourne Writer Festival. Melbourne, 21 June 2012.


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

I'm thrilled to be able to offer, courtesy of Penguin Books a copy of Mary Bennet, by Jeniffer Paynter to one lucky reader. A retelling of the classic Pride and PrejudiceMary Bennet is both authentic and original. For lovers of the classic, and new readers alike, this is a wonderful novel. 

To enter, email 
info@thatbookyoulike.com.au, subject line 'Mary Bennet' and include your name and postal details. A winner will be chosen at random 31.5.12 and notified by email.

Meet iBare Giftware

TBYL have lots of special friends, and this month I'd like to introduce you to a lovely giftware business.

iBare Giftware sells jewellery, handbags and homeware at an amazing 70% off RRP! Get the ladies together for an event of shopping, socialising and glamour! We also love a fundraiser, charity or corporate event! 

Visit us at www.ibare.com.au or
email sales@ibare.com.au to find out about joining one of the fastest growing event companies in Australia!

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