HELLO EVERYONE. I’m very, very excited at the moment because I have SO MANY EXCITING THINGS TO SHARE. As you might know, I co-host a book club that’s based in Melbourne called The YA Room and we’re celebrating all things #LoveOzYA this month. We have a #LoveOzYA Bingo Challenge, we’re posting on our blog and various social media channels every day, and we’re also hosting a picnic. There’s so much going on this month!
We wanted to celebrate everything #LoveOzYA this month over at The YA Room because it only seemed fair to spread love for the community that made us who we are today. We wouldn’t exist without the amazing, supportive #LoveOzYA community. Alex and I would’t have even met if it weren’t for the book launches we both attended last year, and this book club would probably just consist of me and my cat if we didn’t have such a vibrant bookish community in Melbourne. So we want to celebrate that.
If you’re not following us on all our platforms, please do so! We don’t want you to miss out on all this goodness. And check out this post for more information about the bingo challenge!
If you’re in Melbourne on Sunday 17 December, we’d love you to come along to our #LoveOzYA picnic! There’s going to be authors, and bloggers, and most importantly – food! Our picnics are always so much fun, and we can’t wait to celebrate #LoveOzYA Month with y’all at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Tickets are available here!
It’s hard to explain how much of a role the #LoveOzYA community has played in my appreciation of not only #LoveOzYA novels, but of all YA. It’s because of this community that I’ve been able to find out about more launches and attend these events, meet new people, and make connections that wouldn’t be possible without this amazing group of kind, supportive Aussie writers behind it. The #LoveOzYA community is such a massive part of my life, and I’m so thankful to be a part of it and contribute to it actively through The YA Room.
To me, the #LoveOzYA community is family. We’re always so happy for other writers, readers, and bloggers, and we’re really such a tight-knit group of people. But the best thing is that there are always more people getting involved in #LoveOzYA and joining us in making Australia even more aware and appreciative of the amazing YA that our authors have to offer.
But the #LoveOzYA community isn’t just for writers. It’s for readers who can attend book launches and events, and actually speak to these authors, as opposed to watching events in the U.S. or the U.K. from afar. It’s for the bloggers who band together and create posts and reviews that share the love for the Aussie novels they’re enjoying, and constantly recommending new ones and promoting new and upcoming authors. It’s for the booksellers and librarians, who work tirelessly to make these books available for readers. The #LoveOzYA community is truly a place for all of us, and even if you don’t live in Australia, that doesn’t mean you’re any less welcome.
I’m forever grateful for finding the #LoveOzYA community and for the way I was welcomed with open arms by all the inspirational people I met at the first few launches and events I attended. It’s because of the inclusivity and kindness of these people that I consider the #LoveOzYA community my family. I love all of you, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you.
You’re the reason why I continue to blog, and to write, and to spread the love for Aussie YA. This community has helped so many people to thrive, and I’m so thankful for that. The #LoveOzYA community is truly unlike any other group of readers and writers I’ve come across.
Do you have a group of readers and writers where you live? How do you get involved with these groups? Are you a fan of #LoveOzYA novels? If you live in Australia, are you thinking of participating in our bingo challenge, or attending the picnic? I’d love to chat with you!