Well we finally made it to the end of this crazy tumultuous year of 2020. Phew!!
I started this year with plans ready to go for Audrey the van to roll out on some country road trips, an Australian Booksellers Association conference in Sydney and to finally get around to improving my online store. Personally, I had a trip to Germany booked for September with a mini break to Bali thrown in for the end of March. In January and February I watched the news of the virus as something to take note of but was happening on the other side of the world. March came crashing down for us to be in severe lockdown here in Western Australia and with it my dreams of my small business going down the tubes also. I took on board eating cake as a staple three meals a day, and quite a few glasses of bubbles (well bottles really). Its amazing what ended up being quite normal during these months, I'm sure you had routines too that you never thought were possible.
Talk about getting a new business plan into action very quickly, I saw the new buzz word in business circles was to "pivot'. Pivot lol, I was 360 degrees, the exorcist pivoting. With the love and support of all of you fabulous readers, followers and friends, I managed to hang on to my dream and woops of joy, I'm still here!! I couldn't of done it without you.
I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, thank you so much for your support over the year, it means the world to me. Lets all take a collective sigh of relief for the upcoming summer break and lazy days reading, swimming and sleeping in.
As we all head to 2021, here's cheers to all the grand plans ( and grand they are for My Little Bookshop, stay tuned ) we have made for it, fingers crossed, let them come to fruition and be bloody bountiful.
From my family to your family. Merry Christmas xxxx
Hi there once again and welcome to the news of the month.
There is lots to look forward to in November and the first thing I'm excited about is that I will be attending the Rachael Johns author event on 5th November. Her latest release Flying the Nest is an absolute cracker so make sure if you want to grab a copy click on the link below. Its just what is needed to get you into the mood for the summer break.
Click to buy Flying the Nest here.
In local news the Koorliny Arts Centre is holding Stories on Stage on the 18th November and this months author is the enigmatic Holden Sheppard. His book Invisible Boys is this years WA Premiers book award winner. It has now been optioned for movie and TV rights. If you want to go and check him out, hear his story and have a fun evening then click here to get yourself a ticket. You wont be disappointed.
The book of the month is J K Rowlings new release The Ickabog. Its going to be another huge book, the release date is 10 November so please message me if you'd like to pre order a copy before then.
Good news for Audrey the van, she is back on the road and stationed at Guildford until Christmas for the Sunday Common event every Sunday from 11am - 5pm. Its a fab day out to chill, watch the polo, grab a picnic and a Pimms or two.
Juggernaut Joe is heading into the manic season that is the lead up to Christmas. A few special highlights this month is that Ill be at the Boddington Rodeo on the 7th, Fremantle Long Table Dinner on the 28th and Victoria Park Community Markets which is a new venue for me.
I love to hear from my readers if they have read a book that they feel deserves shouting from the rooftops, so if you have read anything lately please let me know so we can all share the love. Send me an email or you can follow and contact on Instagram and Facebook.
In the meantime, happy travels happy reading. Cheers Kerry x
Well what a month it has been since my last news blog and we are all on the countdown to get the year of 2020 over and done with.
The Peel Chamber of Commerce awards were announced last week, I didn't get a guernsey, however I did receive a special recommendation in one of the categories I was a finalist in. These milestones give me the incentive to keep doing what I love and share the passion of reading with my tribe.
The mighty RBG left our world recently and I cant thank her enough for being an inspiration for me over the last 10 years since I found out about this amazing woman. Her quiet determination to live life on her terms and make the world, not only the US, an equal place for women is a strength only a few have. I admire her life long persistence to her beliefs and values. Vale RBG.
And of course only yesterday to hear the sad news of the death of Helen Reddy, another amazing woman who kicked goals for all women in gaining equality. Her anthem song, I am Woman, has been my signature song for all the times I doubted myself and needed strength to face challenges in my life.
My youngest daughter is 24, has a career in Real Estate and has recently purchased a home of her very own. Its with thanks and gratitude to these two female icons of our times, that this generation of women who purchase a house by themselves see it as a normal natural thing to do. Here me Roar!!
Story Dogs is a fantastic community organisation that sits under the radar a little bit however does marvelous things for our small kids in the world who are learning to read.
I'm proud to say that My Little Bookshop is now a sponsor to Ashlea (pictured below) and Evie (the fur baby) who are at Malibu School here in Western Australia.
In a nutshell, Story Dogs go to primary schools around the country and in a non-pressure environment help children improve their literacy by reading to the dog. Its a fantastic effort that they do to improve literacy skills for our littlies.
Check out Story Dogs on their website, www.storydogs.org.au and see for yourself how these beautiful dogs manage to change the lives and literacy for our future generations.