Last night we had the pleasure of hosting an event with Sue Pieters-Hawke who is currently on tour promoting her new book 'Hazel - My Mother's Story.' I've been looking forward to this since the lovely publisher at Pan Macmillan first asked me to arrange it, and I was not disappointed. Sue is a wonderful speaker, full of passion and drive about the causes she believes in, intelligent and warm and down-to-earth. She had the audience of seventy people alternately spell-bound and laughing. Her stories about her mother's life were fascinating, and the insight into a family that we've all known just a little through the media was intriguing. She spoke movingly of her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis and the changes in their lives since. This was by no means a depressing story, however, because Sue has such a sense of humour and it's clear from some of the stories she told that her mother does too. There's no doubt that Hazel is a truly compassionate woman strongly driven to help those less fortunate than us, and I can't wait to read the book.

Tomorrow I'll be posting pictures of our nearly-finished shopfront! Our new sign is up and has the cutest LED hearts, so to celebrate feeling the love I'll be writing about the five books I most often recommend with the phrase, "I love that book!"

Welcome to Love That Book's first blogpost ever. And what a time to begin! There's so much going on in Love That Book world and in the book world everywhere.

First, I will introduce us. We are Love That Book, an independent bookshop on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. We currently have two shops: one at Westfield Shopping Centre in Helensvale and the other at the Southport Park Shopping Centre, Southport.  I could give you the blah blah about our association with Angus and Robertson, but it’s history now. If you are really curious, check out the A&R tab up the top of the page there. If you are far more interested in the here and now, however, read on......

Today we're delighted to have the fourth and much-anticipated Christopher Paolini book 'Inheritance' finally in-store. 'Brisingr', book 3 in the series, came out in Australia in August 2009 and we've had people come in every week since asking, “When's the next one coming out?” Suffice to say there are some very happy fans here today!

So that’s a bit of worldwide news. On a national scale, Powderfinger’s book 'Footprints' arrived yesterday, coinciding with their newly-released cd, and it's a terrific look at the band's history. And on a much smaller scale, we here at Love That Book Helensvale came in this morning to two brand-new red pillars at the front of our store. Our shopfitters have finally begun the process of replacing the old Angus & Robertson colours and signs with beautiful, bright, fire-engine red pillars and our Love That Book logo and signs.  Oh, that makes us so happy!  It will probably take a week to complete and some final touches we can’t do till January but for the most part we will no longer be green.

We also all prettied up with Chrissy decs, though I know some of you may not want to hear that it is 6 weeks till Christmas. Yikes, actually I didn’t want to know that myself! Anyway - focus - that means yes, we are all pretty with decorations but more importantly, our shelves are brimming with amazing books.  The months leading up to Christmas are so much fun for a bookseller/booklover. There are so many wonderful titles to choose from, and here are just a few:

So that's it for our first blog. Tomorrow I will put up something new, and hopefully the day after and the day after that too.  If you want to check out all the lovely books however, head in to your local bookshop - yes, there are some left! Search them out, they are so lovely and worth finding, and the staff will love you for it.
In particular, come in and visit us!