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  • Book Giveaway: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

    Fri, 21 Jun 2013 03:33:09 Permalink
    I've been pretty quiet here on the blog lately but am launching back into posting with renewed enthusiasm and a revamped look. To celebrate I thought I'd start with a book giveaway. And so, I have a copy of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson to giveaway.What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? This is the premise for Kate Atkinson's enjoyable novel that spans two world wars and the aftermath of both.To enter the book giveaway just leave a comment here. And don't forget to increase your chances Read More
  • Xmas Giveaway - Fifty Bales of Hay - Rachael Treasure

    Fri, 21 Jun 2013 03:18:15 Permalink
    Courtesy of our friends at Harper Collins, we have a copy of Fifty Bales of Hay by Rachael Treasure to giveaway.Come have a roll in the hay with Australia's leading rural fiction author, Rachael Treasure, in her romping, rollicking first-ever collection of Agricultural Erotica. Guaranteed to get your tractor revving, Fifty Bales of Hay, is an honest and imaginative exploration of everyday men and women getting down and dirty on the land.To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on one of our blogs (including this one). And don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to Read More
  • Starting Point: My 1001 Books Reading Challenge

    Fri, 21 Jun 2013 01:52:57 Permalink
    52 DOWN ..... 949 TO GO!! Yes, this is an ambitious challenge, but I'm one determined reader. I'll get there ..... just not sure when. As of today, I have read the following 52 books from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. Books are listed in order of how they appear in the book (front to back), not in order of when they were read. I've been incredibly ruthless too!! If I can't remember reading a book, but think I have, I have to read it again. For example, I'm pretty sure I read Around the Read More
  • The National Year of Reading and My 2012 Reading Challenge

    Fri, 21 Jun 2013 01:52:28 Permalink
    If you're not already aware 2012 is The National Year of Reading in Australia. Many of my customers and friends have been asking me just what this campaign is all about and I've had to admit to being ignorant of exactly what the initiative is trying to achieve. Now, having done some research, I thought what better way to answer your questions than to blog about it. Basically, The National Year of Reading is all about helping people to discover the magic of books, or if you've already got a solid relationship with the written word, it's about finding new inspiration Read More
  • Reading Habit's Five Best Selling Historical Naval Fiction Authors

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:35:46 Permalink
    On a recent book purchasing spree I was lucky enough to purchase a whole stack of different nautical fiction titles to boost our online second hand bookstore catalogue. It got me thinking about how a niche genre had maintained such a fanatically dedicated reader base for over a century. The naval fiction genre is littered with writing superstars who show unusual longevity and are incredibly prolific in terms of the number of titles they have penned. With my interest peaked I set out to find an online list of the top 10 best selling naval fiction authors of all time, Read More
  • Back to School Discount for Teachers

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:22:54 Permalink
    With the first school term of the year looming,Ive been talking with my teacher friends about their programs for 2013. Most of them are already pondering what new themes they can explore, or how they can jazz up some of their old ones. It occurred to me that most of the Back to School advertising is all aimed at kids with little focus on the teacher, who often has to fork out money from their own pocket to acquire new resources. So heres one for the teachers amongst us! Were offering a 10% discount on all our teacher/education resources until Read More
  • Xmas Giveaway - Fifty Bales of Hay - Rachael Treasure

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:22:07 Permalink
    Courtesy of our friends at Harper Collins, we have a copy of Fifty Bales of Hay by Rachael Treasure to giveaway.Come have a roll in the hay with Australia's leading rural fiction author, Rachael Treasure, in her romping, rollicking first-ever collection of Agricultural Erotica. Guaranteed to get your tractor revving, Fifty Bales of Hay, is an honest and imaginative exploration of everyday men and women getting down and dirty on the land.To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on one of our blogs (including this one). And don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to Read More
  • BOOK GIVEAWAY: Fifty Shades Trilogy (E L James)

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:22:07 Permalink
    This month we have the Fifty Shades trilogy of books to give away. The titles of the books are: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; and Fifty Shades Freed. I won't bore you with an overview of the story line as I'm sure you're well aware of it! To enter our giveaway just leave a comment on our blog and don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to gain bonus entries. Bonus Entries+1 Entry = Follow our Blog +1 Entry = Liking the Reading Habit Page on Facebook (Click here to do so). Tip: If you Read More
  • August Book Giveaway - A Discovery of Witches (by Deborah Harkness)

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:22:07 Permalink
    This month we have a copy of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness to give away. A Discovery of Witches begins when historian Diana Bishop finds an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years. To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on our blog. And don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to gain bonus entries!! Read More
  • June Book Giveaway - The Secret Lives of Dresses (Erin McKean)

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:22:07 Permalink
    This month we have a copy of The Secret Life of Dresses by Erin McKean to give away. The Secret Life of Dresses is "A captivating and enchanting novel about vintage frocks and new experiences for every girl who knows that the right dress can change your life". The book is written by Erin McKean, the author of the blog www.dressaday.com.To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on our blog. And don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to gain bonus entries!! Bonus Entries+1 Entry = Follow our Blog +1 Entry = Liking the Reading Read More
  • Back to School Discount for Teachers

    Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:09:51 Permalink
    With the first school term of the year looming,Ive been talking with my teacher friends about their programs for 2013. Most of them are already pondering what new themes they can explore, or how they can jazz up some of their old ones. It occurred to me that most of the Back to School advertising is all aimed at kids with little focus on the teacher, who often has to fork out money from their own pocket to acquire new resources. So heres one for the teachers amongst us! Were offering a 10% discount on all our teacher/education resources until Read More
  • Xmas Giveaway - Fifty Bales of Hay - Rachael Treasure

    Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:56:40 Permalink
    Courtesy of our friends at Harper Collins, we have a copy of Fifty Bales of Hay by Rachael Treasure to giveaway.Come have a roll in the hay with Australia's leading rural fiction author, Rachael Treasure, in her romping, rollicking first-ever collection of Agricultural Erotica. Guaranteed to get your tractor revving, Fifty Bales of Hay, is an honest and imaginative exploration of everyday men and women getting down and dirty on the land.To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on one of our blogs (including this one). And don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to Read More
  • The Book Lover's Storage Box That Inspired An Epitaph

    Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:40:10 Permalink
    About once a month I venture out of my office to restock the bookstore shelves. Most of my book buying travels take me directly into people's homes and quite often I find myself being offered more than just books to purchase. Vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and videos are the usual bonus offerings, most of which I refuse, but occasionally something more interesting pops up. Last week I was given the opportunity to purchase a home made storage box that featured the title and author of the maker's favourite books. Even though it was a bit knocked around this kind of Read More
  • BOOK GIVEAWAY: Fifty Shades Trilogy (E L James)

    Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:30:36 Permalink
    This month we have the Fifty Shades trilogy of books to give away. The titles of the books are: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; and Fifty Shades Freed. I won't bore you with an overview of the story line as I'm sure you're well aware of it! To enter our giveaway just leave a comment on our blog and don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to gain bonus entries. Bonus Entries+1 Entry = Follow our Blog +1 Entry = Liking the Reading Habit Page on Facebook (Click here to do so). Tip: If you Read More
  • What's the Difference Between An 'Inscribed Copy' and An 'Inscription'?

    Fri, 19 Oct 2012 02:13:03 Permalink
    One of the more common errors made by the book buying public is that they assume the word inscription implies the signature of the author is present. Book terminology can often be confusing, particularly if you dont spend a lot of time in the field, so I thought Id take a moment to clear this one up.In book collecting terms, the word inscription is used to identify where a previous owner/giver has inscribed the book with something more substantial than just a name and date. This is usually in the form of a dedication. For example, Dearest John, May this Read More
  • August Book Giveaway - A Discovery of Witches (by Deborah Harkness)

    Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:42:21 Permalink
    This month we have a copy of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness to give away. A Discovery of Witches begins when historian Diana Bishop finds an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years. To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on our blog. And don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to gain bonus entries!! Read More
  • What Types of Books Do You Like to Collect?

    Fri, 08 Jun 2012 02:21:20 Permalink
    In my line of work I am constantly amazed at the weird and wonderful types of books people like to collect. You always come across the bibliophiles who collect things like modern first editions. These collectors are the norm. Its the offbeat ones that always raise an eyebrow for me. Im intrigued to know why they collect what they collect, and how their obsession started. Today, for instance, I had a customer call who wanted me to compile a list of books we had available that had blue spines. Seems he was collecting them to create some sort of arty Read More
  • June Book Giveaway - The Secret Lives of Dresses (Erin McKean)

    Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:30:21 Permalink
    This month we have a copy of The Secret Life of Dresses by Erin McKean to give away. The Secret Life of Dresses is "A captivating and enchanting novel about vintage frocks and new experiences for every girl who knows that the right dress can change your life". The book is written by Erin McKean, the author of the blog www.dressaday.com.To enter our book giveaway just leave a comment on our blog. And don't forget to increase your chances by checking out how to gain bonus entries!! Bonus Entries+1 Entry = Follow our Blog +1 Entry = Liking the Reading Read More
  • May Book Giveaway - Balthazar (Claudia Gray)

    Wed, 09 May 2012 01:08:01 Permalink
    Courtesy of our friends at Harper Collins, this month we have a copy of Balthazar by Claudia Gray to giveaway. Balthazar is the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone, without allies, without love. When he agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight Redgrave, growing closer - first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realises his world could finally be changed by her.... To enter our book Read More
  • Notes in the Margin: Good or Bad?

    Thu, 09 Feb 2012 09:44:01 Permalink
    Ive had a copy of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom sitting on my shelf to read for some time. This particular copy of the book was originally in my second hand bookstore inventory, but I removed it because firstly I wanted to read it, and secondly because in my view it was close to unsellable. Almost every page had notes in the margins, pink highlighted passages or underlined quotes. You can see what I mean in the image to your left. Most book sellers view this as book vandalism bordering on the sacrilegious, but Ive always found myself hanging Read More
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