Sunday, 23 March 2014

NSA Celebrates It's 2nd Birthday!

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The Not So Austen Bookclub is all grown up and celebrating it's 2nd birthday!

In the space of two years, we've expanded to include almost 2000 bookworms, hosted numerous events and have made friendships that have brought light into our lives and that will hopefully last for a long, long time.

But the most important thing? We kept the Bookworm Spirit!

I, as one of the Moderators of this group, want to just say how proud I am of the group and the people who are in it - who have brought such a sense of fun and goodwill to this group day in and day out.

As such I would like to give back to all of you on such a special occasion with this big giveaway and some fun activities here and there on the GR page. 

Feel free to invite others and I hope to 'see' you all then!

Best wishes and happy reading to you all! <3
~ BN101 
*NB: This event isn't exclusive to Australia. The ebook giveaway is available globally.* 

Giveaway starts on the 29th of March and ends 6th of April

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

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Friday, 5 July 2013

900 Bookworm Celebration

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As Emily Dickinson once wrote:

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul.

And just like a book, this group - this book-loving club of ours - has been a 'frigate' of sorts. It has allowed us to travel to different parts of the world, to become friends with some incredible men and women, to discover new places, new characters and new stories that will live in our heart long after we turn the final page.

And so it is my great pleasure to officially announce that we have a little over 900 bookworms in this group - 900 bookworms whose love of books has made this group what it is, who have allowed this group to flourish and who have given so much not only to the group, but to everyone in it.

You are hard-pushed to find nicer people anywhere...and that makes me absurdly proud! All of you have put up with my choppy attendance rates during the beginning of this year, due to me entering senior year, and I really appreciate the help and effort from all of you. You guys mean the world to me!

If this were a TV show - like The Voice, or American Idol - this notice would have begun with a snazzy ad, or introduction. To compensate, I have (nerd that I am) constructed a script of sorts of whatwould have occurred:

*screen fades from black*

*picture of a bookshelf*
*camera slowly zooms in*

Show Host's Voice: We started off with just ten brave bookworms...

*ten books are placed on bookshelf*

Show Host's Voice: And through 2012, our numbers grew...our friendships growing as strong as our love for reading...

*more books added onto bookshelf*
*camera slowly zooms out*

Show Host's Voice: It is now our pleasure to announce that this 2013...we have reached our biggest number of bookworms yet. Nine-hundred bookworms from all around the globe have come together. Together we are...

*zooms out to show hundreds of shelves, and happy readers looking up at the camera*


*cue game-show music*
*TV show title - a profile of Jane Austen and the name of the group - appears in a swirl of animation and textual special effects*

Nice huh?!

Well, that's what you get when you have an over-active imagination!

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone once more. You guys have made being a moderator the most-special role on the entire planet - logging into Goodreads is the highlight of my day! Okay...that's a lie. Because I don't log onto Goodreads. I'm permanently logged in at all times, so I guess checking into Goodreads is the highlight ;)

Keep reading. Enjoy the tales you discover. And may your love of books flourish!

Booknut 101

And yet the books will be there on the shelves, separate beings,
That appeared once, still wet
As shining chestnuts under a tree in autumn,
And, touched, coddled, began to live
In spite of fires on the horizon, castles blown up,
Tribes on the march, planets in motion.
“We are,” they said, even as their pages
Were being torn out, or a buzzing flame
Licked away their letters. So much more durable
Than we are, whose frail warmth
Cools down with memory, disperses, perishes.
I imagine the earth when I am no more:
Nothing happens, no loss, it's still a strange pageant,
Women's dresses, dewy lilacs, a song in the valley.
Yet the books will be there on the shelves, well born,
Derived from people, but also from radiance, heights.
 ~ Czeslaw Milosz 

Friday, 31 May 2013

YA Feisty Female Tournament ~ VOTING NOW OPEN!

It's that time of year to vote for the females that have carried their many weapons with care, have taken out more bad guys than you can count on both hands and have shown the world that women are not to be messed with!

It's also a chance to acknowledge that heroines don't have to be simpering, weak or girly - they can have iron backbones and save the day better than any man can ;)

Voting will be open 31 May - 31 July. There will be 7 Rounds:

- Round 1 - top 15 move to Round 2
- Round 2 - top 10 move to Round 3
- Round 3 - top 6 move to Round 5
- *Round 4/Gatecrashers* - top 6 move to Round 5
- Round 5 - top 6 move to Round 6
- Round 6 - top 3 move to Round 7

If you have your own blog, and would like to help host this event, please post below/message me with:

- Your blog name
- Preferred e-mail address

This tournament will be going on here, on Goodreads, and via Twitter. 

I encourage each and every one of you to get involved, pick teams and participate in our 
group's very own bookworm event that is sure to be heaps of fun :)


VOTE HERE (click)

Thursday, 9 May 2013

800 Bookworm Bash

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To celebrate reaching 800 MEMBERS on Goodreads, I am hosting an:

Part of this is my gorgeous giveaway above, which includes a variety of hot titles. 

FOUR lucky bookworms will get the chance to win the lot, with ONE lucky individual winning The Elite. This means there are FIVE chances to grab yourself a great read to bury your nose in so get raffling!

The giveaway ends 18th of May EST, extending to the 19th for our overseas buddies. 

Be sure to come back everyday and check out the entry options - some are available daily, and the more times you enter the higher the chance you'll win something!

A big thank you to Goodreads, my amazing fellow bookworms, our authors and their genius, as well as to my good friends who have helped make our group what it is :)