The Month of CARAVAL

Hi friends! We hope you’ve had a great month so far. With Sarah off in Middle Earth for half the month and everyone starting school again for the year, getting back to work or sorting out their uni timetable, there hasn’t been much for us to organise this month! However, we’ve been looking forward to our Caraval Book Talk all month and we’re so thrilled that it’s now only a few days away!

Earlier in the week we held a Twitter chat that revolved around the themes and ideas behind our Book of the Month – Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It was lovely to have so many people joining in with the chat and it was so entertaining to read your answers. We could hardly keep up at times with the amount of enthusiasm you were all showing! We were joined by readers who loved the book, readers who hated it, and some who hadn’t even read it, but we all had a great time musing over what magical books are our favourites and what we thought of Caraval‘s unique layout.

If you haven’t already heard, this Sunday is our Caraval Book Talk! It will be held at Dymocks, 234 Collins Street, and will run from 2.30 – 4pm. There’ll be drinks and snacks available for purchase from the lovely Dymocks cafe and we’ll also be selling our March Book of the Month – The Hate U Give! If you’re going to be joining us on Sunday, you can find us upstairs in the cafe area surrounded by books and empty coffee cups.

We’ve also just announced our April Book of the Month, which is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! There are some really exciting things we’ve got planned for the next couple of months and we can’t wait to tell you more about them. In the meantime, we’ll see you all on Sunday!

Get your free ticket for our Caraval Book Talk here!

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Frequently Asked Questions

I haven’t read your Book of the Month! Can I still come to the Book Talk?

Of course! We totally understand that not everyone will have the time to read our Book of the Month. While we will be discussing our BOTM at our Book Talk, we’ll ensure that nothing major is spoiled for you. A lot of the questions will be based around general themes and ideas, so there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to add to the conversation anyway! We’d love to see you there.

I’ve never gone to a Book Talk before. Help!

That’s absolutely fine! We’re just starting off too, so we’re not 100% what we’re doing either! But trust us, we don’t bite. We’d love to have you at our Book Talk – it’s a lot of fun and you’re guaranteed to meet a whole lot of bookish people! It’s a very relaxed environment, so there’s nothing to be nervous about.

Does it cost anything to come to the Book Talk?

Nope, it’s free! We just ask that you get a ticket from our Eventbrite link so that we know how many people will be joining us so we can cater for the group. There’ll be drinks, snacks and books available for purchase from Dymocks, so you’re more than welcome to bring some money and grab something there, but there’s no obligation to do so! They do make pretty good hot chocolate though 😉

I booked a free ticket through your Eventbrite link but now I’m unable to attend. What should I do?

That’s fine! It would be great if you could let us know so we’re not waiting for you on the day. You can tweet at us @TheYARoom_Melb or send an email to theyaroom@gmail.com. We hope you’ll be able to join us next time!

I love your The YA Room shirts! Where can I get one?

Aww, thank you! These are custom made from an online site, but we’re planning on opening a little non-profit ordering shop. More information will be released soon!

IDA Book Talk

Hi everyone! For those that haven’t heard already, we’ve just announced our very first Book Talk for our Book Of The Month! We hope you’ve read Ida already, because our discussion will be focussed around this phenomenal novel, and we’re so lucky to be joined by the author Alison Evans at our meeting! If you haven’t had the chance to read Ida yet, make sure you grab a copy because it’ll be great to have a group discussion, and I’m sure Alison would be more than happy to deface (sign) your book for you.

Our Book Talk will take place on Sunday 29th January from 4.30 – 6pm at the Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda in the Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne. It’s just a five minute walk from Flinders Street Station, and across the road from Hamer Hall!

Please make sure you grab a free ticket to our event and spread the word! You can get your ticket here.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Book Love Overload

Do you ever feel like a book is just too good, and that you’ll never be able to perfectly encompass the way it made you feel and the beautiful experience it provided you with into a review? Do you struggle to find the right words to describe your complete love and appreciation of the exquisite piece of literature in front of you? Then you, my friend, may be experiencing what’s known as Book Love Overload (BLO). Untreated, this deadly disease can cause a struggle to articulate, lying in the foetal position while overcome by the feels, and yes, even slumps.

But why do we find it hardest to discuss or review the books we love without being reduced to inarticulate screeching, overuse of gifs or “keyboard spazzing”? Today we’ll be dissecting this problem that sweeps through the bookish community and finding ways to prevent BLO.
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