Homemade Bookie Jars

Everyone loves a homemade gift... and with Easter and Mother's Day coming up in the next month, now's the perfect time to get crafting!


 What You Will Need:
* A glass jar
* A book
* Scissors
* A paintbrush
* Glue (there is special decoupage glue you can buy, or alternatively you can do it my special cheapskate way and create a mixture of approx two-thirds craft glue to one-third water. Just make sure it's a clear-drying craft glue!)

Step 1: Cut up your book.
To many this will be the hardest step. I was lucky that my partner and I had doubled up on a few books when we moved in together, so I used our extra copy of Game of Thrones. You will need probably 2-4 pages, depending on the size of the book and the size of the jar.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESStep 2: Glue your pages.
Be liberal with your glue. The paper will put up a bit of a fight (mine did, at least), and the pages only really stayed stuck when they were dripping with glue. Use little dabbing strokes around the edges of the paper, too. This will help keep the edges stuck down

Step 3: Leave to dry.
Go and read something else for an hour or so!

Step 4: Ta-Da!
Feel free to jazz them up a little with ribbon or string, or (if you're bold enough) some colour paint. They can be used as candle holders, pencil jars, money boxes, or anything else your heart desires. You can also do this with old maps (I nicked some good Westeros maps from my book), recipes, newspaper clippings, whatever! Get creative!


Cover reveal

Newsflash: The cover for Go Set a Watchman, to be published on July 14 2015 has been revealed!

IMG_2635The cover is similar to To Kill A Mockingbird's with a tree on the cover and a solid colour background.

Go Set A Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill A Mockingbird some twenty years later.

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

Described as an instant classic the book was actually written before the publication of Lee's most famous work To Kill A Mockingbird, but was presumed lost.  (We are so glad it was found!)

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Spotlight on QBD Robina

The team at Robina QBD are rocking it with their reading suggestions this week. From Paranormal Romance to Australian History they have you covered!

9780575093775Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost: Half Vampire Cat Crawford is a Buffy-esque vampire hunter with a massive chip on her shoulder. She encounters a Master Vampire named Bones, and through coercion on his half, they team up to track down the biggest and baddest of the Vampire world. It's sassy, sexy, well written, fast paced and funny as hell. Fans of J.R. Ward's The Black Dagger Brotherhood and Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series will be sure to love this. - Taysa (Store Manager)

The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett: In a world ravaged by demons every night, the human race cowers behind ancient walls. Praying that they will last the night. In the chaos a young man comes along offering the people a last fleeting chance of survival. A fast paced fantasy that twists and turns around magical words, deadly demons and the chance of hope, The Painted Man is like no book you've read before. It makes you rush to the next one with no breath in between. -Chelsea (2IC)

9780552552028The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry PratchettThe Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is the first fantasy book and first book by the late author Terry Pratchett that I read. With a twisted retelling of the Pied Piper, a talking Cat with wit to die for and well, some educated rats, it’s the perfect introduction to the Discworld for young adult readers. This book will draw you in with Pratchett's wicked sense of humour, his well-crafted characters, and his enchanting tale entwined with moral lessons and philosophical questions to keep you thinking. Overall, I encourage you to read it. If you enjoy it, you'll be set with your reading list for the next year or so. What a bonus! - Rachael

The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay by Ian W. Shaw: This title tells, in a fresh and well written way, the story of the Japanese air attack on Broome WA on 3 March 1942. Largely comprising eyewitness accounts, this book takes you into the heart of the action on that tragic afternoon. A great read for anyone interested in military or Australian history. - Maxine

9781849415668Just One Day by Gayle Forman: I'm currently reading 'Just One Day' by Gayle Forman, and I've got to say, I think I like it more than 'If I Stay.' Ms Forman has produced a beautiful story about a girl who has always had her life planned out for her. But one boy and twenty-four hours in Paris changes all that. Now she's struggling to figure out what she wants her life to be and who she wants to be. The writing is lush, and I don't think I've ever read a book that's made me want to go to Europe so much. I love it, and it makes me feel a little less alone about not knowing what's going to happen in life. It's a must-read! - Jocelyn

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is one of my favourite books that we have here at QBD Robina. I've re-read this one a bunch of times and I usually don't re-read books at all. You might not like it because it is quite melancholy but that makes it the perfect read for a rainy day. Reading this book makes me feel a bitter-sweet nostalgia for being in High school. - Elliot

978144472733311.22.63 by Stephen King: From the master of horror comes a time travel story? Yes, this take on the classic science fiction scenario has the main character Jake Epping try to stop the assassination of US President John F Kennedy. Thanks to a time portal in a diner’s pantry Jake is given the chance to travel back to 1958 and live five years in the past to the day where he can successfully stop the death of JFK himself. The trip through the late 50’s/early 60’s America is an interesting time period filled with iconic American historical moments which are known to Jake and brings a number of times where he could intervene and change the outcome of them, but if the past could be changed would it really be for the better or for the worst? - Andrew

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Top left: Chelsea and Taysa; Middle left: Chelsea and Jocelyn; Middle right: Maxine and Andrew; Bottom right: Elliot and Rachael.

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Book-A-Like: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Embark on a spiritual journey...one step at a time.

If you enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's emotional quest to renew her spirit in Eat, Pray, Love you will absolutely adore Cheryl Strayed's Wild.

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At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled.

With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America - from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state - and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise - a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.


It’s Competition Time!

QBD the Bookshop are incredibly fortunate to have passes to not one, but TWO movies to give away this month!

For your chance to win tickets to either Insurgent or The Longest Ride, please see the individual competitions linked below (click on the image).

All we need is a name, phone number, email address and the answer to our question. It really is that easy!

Entries close Thursday March 26th 2015 at 5pm.
Entries close Monday 30th March 2015 at 5pm.