Pink Popular Penguins out now!

Today my book collection got a little bit pinker, with the release of the Pink Popular Penguins!

I was happier than a pig in mud, with the chance to buy more of my favourite Popular Penguins all the while raising funds for a cause very close to my heart…

Pink Popular PenguinsOn March 19, 2013 Penguin Books Australia will launch a new series, Pink Popular Penguins, to help the McGrath Foundation expand their Breast Care Nurse network and increase breast awareness throughout Australia. The orange Popular Penguins design adopts pink covers and includes a range of classics. Penguin Books will donate $1 from the sale of every Pink Popular Penguin to the McGrath Foundation.

The McGrath Foundation does amazing work to increase the number of Breast Care Nurses in Australia. I would have been absolutely lost without the amazing help of the Breast Care Nurses at Monash, and I strongly encourage you to get behind this worthy endeavour!

And of course, then there’s the gorgeous pink books just waiting to be added to the bookshelf. There are 12 titles in all:

Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

A Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin.

My pink popular penguinsI’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on A Room of One’s OwnAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Madame Bovary already and I can’t wait to get hold of the rest. I’ve enjoyed revisiting these classics, tumbling down the rabbit hole; reassessing my need for my own space; and of course being wrapped up in a provincial romance with Emma Bovary.

You can find out more about the Pink Popular Penguins here…

All titles are available in the TBYL Store now, and as a special offer, you can also pick up the full set of twelve books for just $100 (normally $120) – why mess about, you know you want them all?!  You can shop online here…

I’d love to know – which books would you choose first?

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Operation Pre-emptive Strike

I’ve got another little hospital trip scheduled for tomorrow morning, and perhaps not surprisingly, the only things that I’ve packed so far are my books. I’ve chosen two to take with me; If You’re Reading This I’m Already Dead and Turquoise both of which should entertain me nicely for the couple of days that I’ll be expected to bunker down at the hospital.

When I get home though, my full reading pile will be moved from my office to the lounge room and set up next to the couch where I’ll have built a little nest, and where I’ll stay cozy, resting and reading for a couple of weeks.

Thank goodness for books…

Some of you might know my breast cancer backstory, and this latest  health interruption is another ‘pre-emptive strike’, a precaution only. It’s recently come to light that ovarian cancer is a bit of issue in the family, and as such, well lets just say I’m taking measures. Better to be safe than sorry.

Anyway, I don’t want to over-share, but I did want to give you all the heads up that you’ll either be hearing a little less from me for a couple of weeks, or lots more. Which way it goes will depend on how spritely I’m feeling. Rest assured, at the very least I’ll be loitering around the edges of the internet until I’m back up and running, and of course I’ll catch you all next Monday, over at the TBYL Book Club. Our conversations about The Help kick off next week, and I can’t wait to hear from a whole bunch of new bookish friends.

Here’s to being back on deck as quick as a shot!

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An important story

A quick post today, to give you the heads up on a brand new, very special item in The TBYL Store.

I’m thrilled to be able to stock this very important picture book, My Mum has Breast Cancer, by Lisa Sewards and Harrison Sewards. This book was a great help to me when we were managing our way through breast cancer, and I would recommend it to anyone who’s faced with the difficult situation of talking to kids about this far too common illness.

My Mum has Breast Cancer is the personal story of one Mother’s journey with breast cancer told through the eyes of her 6 year old son.

It aims to provide families with a storybook that gently and compassionately explains the breast cancer journey in an informative and engaging way.  This personal account attempts to accept and normalise the trauma of experiencing cancer, and helps shift the focus, rather like looking into the light instead of the darkness.

The book is written so that children can relate to it, and includes explanations of medical treatments to facilitate discussion between parents, carers and young children.  It assists in opening the lines of communication between you and your child.

The fantastic illustrations tell most of the story on their own.  They also illustrate the heroes we meet in the medical world. It’s suitable for children aged 3-10 years

50% of the sale price of every copy of My Mum has Breast Cancer sold will be donated directly to Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Buy your a copy of My Mum has Breast Cancer, at the TBYL Store!

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