Places to get free bookmarks in your city.

 Heyo Bookaholics!

Help yourself and the community!

I was so stumped and at a loss for inspiration this week in what I should post, but I thought about it and it came to me: What’s better than helping the community?

So, you know how everyone and anyone who reads thinks of a ‘free bookmark’ as a piece of scrap that just holds a page in their current read. Some boring household item like a receipt, tissue, postcard, etc. will not cut it for me, so I compiled this simple list of ways to obtain aesthetic – or at least nice and structural – bookmarks FOR FREE!

This post – or a large majority of it – will be applicable to everyone regardless of your home or location. I am making this as broad as I can, and will be so open to any suggestions that could help improve my list.

Bookstores

You don’t really have to buy anything at bookstores. Sometimes I just walk around the store for twenty minutes to half an hour and make the staff suspicious of my motives. I also scope out the bookmarks that lie on the counter, usually, these are of two categories:

  • Branded: to promote the bookshop, and
  • Promotional: to advertise for books and/or publishers.

It goes without saying that I do get super awkward picking up a bookmark – or approaching the counter no less – from a bookstore if I don’t buy something, but if you’re gutsy then these are the best places to get cute bookmarks AND support your local bookstores.

Library

So libraries are literally the only place where:

  • There are free books (you can even take them home!),
  • It is socially acceptable to walk around/ sit for three to twelve hours,
  • Never feel obliged to purchase anything, and
  • There are always people who are willing to help you.

On top of all of that, libraries are warm and a great place to write and study because more often than not, they are comfortably quiet.

Oh! And they also have free bookmarks! 

I love the bookmarks in libraries because there is such a diverse range of them and they change regularly – at least they do at my library. Like bookstores, I find that libraries have a few different categories of bookmarks, such as:

  • Branded: to promote the library (or library group if it is a council library);
  • Promotional: to advertise local bookshops, publishers, and/or new release books;
  • Competition: these tell you about the books that have been shortlisted or have won awards recently;
  • Fun: colour-in or puzzle bookmarks.

Places like these provide news in a fun new way. A lot of the bookmarks that are provided in libraries are usually always plastered in book covers, so you have the opportunity to discover new books as you are reading because they appear on your bookmark!

Book Launches

In my experience, many book launches are free and to show their appreciation, authors will give out swag like bookmarks, posters and postcards to their readers.

I’ve been to many a book launch in my time and at almost everyone, I have been lucky enough to collect a bookmark related to the novel being launched. At the last book launch, I picked up a signed postcard of the book, and at the one before, I received prints of the characters.

So, not all book launches will have bookmarks, but you have to chance it most of the time and pray that the authors brought some cute swag you can stick inside your new novel! If they have nothing, never fear, because there these events are generally held in a bookstore (see point 1 for more info).

I hope you enjoyed this post!

The list may be small, but it is mighty! Let me know if you have headed to any of these public locations and what bookmarks you’ve found.

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Where do you get your bookmarks? x

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Screening and Review!

Heyo Bookaholics!

MOVIE NIGHT!

Ever since the announcement of this movie, I’ve been super excited to see this fluffy, cute feel-good contemporary book to movie adaptation! I personally haven’t read the books but I wanted to go into the movie not really having any expectations for the characters or the outcome of the movie.

3:00pm – Tracy and I leave for the City.

The day started off fun. Tracy (I’ve mentioned her many times, no need for introductions), and I left for the city after making ourselves look pretty as heck with make-up, and you bet we took tonnes of photos of each other! On Tracy’s request, we went straight to MPalza – a Korean beauty store – and fell for all the cute and practical beauty items, buying more goods to hide in my bathroom.

We met up with Caite in the city and decided to get some food before heading off to the venue. The crazy bipolar Melbourne weather not on our side for today, the icy winds mixed with the pouring rain did nothing to dampen our mood tho; even as we reached the bay.

6:00pm

We were early to the venue and spent some time looking at the view and taking some lovely photos. I vlogged a fair amount of this part as we were quite confused as to 1. where the entrance was, and 2. why the doors opened at 6:20; meaning we had to wait outside in the cold. Though no sooner had we began complaining, more people started showing up and the conversation and laughter warmed us until the doors opened.

6:20pm

The venue was set up so nicely! The girls from The YA Room had set out cupcakes and little tubs of decorations for them like pearls and sprinkles of all shapes and colours. They had popcorn and beautiful signs and EVERYTHING was pink I was in heaven! They really captured the aesthetic of the novel.

 

THE MOVIE!

Like I said above, I went into this movie unsure of what to expect. In complete honesty, I went into this only knowing that it is a fluffy lovey contemporary with an American Asian lead; and I got so so so much more fluff and love than what I was expecting. All the awkward moments didn’t even give me second-hand awkward feels either which I loved because that means I wasn’t holding my breath and I was purely enjoying the film.

I don’t want to spoil anything from the novel or the movie, but I think it’s safe to say that the family dynamics between the sisters was my favourite part, second to all the fluffy and controversial romance that was occurring not only in Laura Jean’s own bubble but outside it too.

Sometimes we do feel invisible and like our own problems are in our own personal bubble. I related to Laura Jean on that part and how she didn’t realise how important she is until all her secrets were released. She was known and seen by many more people than she thought. She was more important to many others that she thought, and I believe that that is an important point to take away from the movie; that there are people who see you and know you, and sometimes it means taking risks to know this.


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I’d love to hear your thought on the TATBILB movie, and if you haven’t seen it before, comment your thoughts on what you expect to see in the movie xx

Is there any chance you’d love to see a Korean beauty haul either here or on my YouTube channel?

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Gemina Book Launch and Signing

 Hey Ho Bookaholics!

Today the theme is blue, because I have some amazing Gemina news to share with you!

Last night I went to the Victorian State Library to attend the Book Launch for Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I forced my dad to come along with me and he (surprisingly) enjoyed the event.

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Moomba Monday!!

(This post is a colab with Alexa.V.Photography.)

As you may have gathered from my recent Instagram spam; Alexa, Siobhan and I attended the Labour Day Moomba Parade which is an event that has been held annually in the city of Melbourne for 60 many years.

Moomba festival is celebrated over the four-day Labour Day long weekend, from the first Friday to the second Monday in March. The parade is held on the Labour Day holiday on Monday and consists of floats and performers which highlight the cultural diversity present in the city of Melbourne. At the end of the parade, the Moomba King and Queen ride by on the final float, waving to a cheering crowd.

 

 

The King and Queen of this years Moomba parade are Michelle Payne and her brother Stevie. In 2015, Michelle was the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup horse race, so it is only fitting that a champion should be crowned Queen of such an event like thi one.

My friends and I didn’t have good spots to watch the parade from, as we waited a while before walking down to where it was being held, so we ended up sitting a few metres away from the road and could not see most of the performers but we didn’t miss the floats.

 

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The floats thankfully were huge! We were able to see most of them from where we were standing at a tram stop.

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Australian Open

19/1/2015 – Australian Open Tennis; Day 1

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I know it’s really late, but last Monday I went to the first day of the Australian Open Tennis. I had a ‘court hopper’ pass that granted me access to all of the courts in Melbourne Park with the exception of Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena.

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