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Five Reasons To Read More In 2019

It’s hard to believe we’re at the beginning of a new year!


While getting fit and healthy is often top of the New Year’s resolutions list, a healthy resolution doesn’t necessarily mean burning more calories or cutting out carbs. Did you know curling up with a good old fashioned book can have tonnes of health benefits too?


Here are a few great reasons to make reading more books one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2019:


1. Reading keeps the mind active

Studies have shown that keeping your mind active is just as important as keeping your body active. Reading books, along with puzzles, games and other mentally challenging activities are thought to help prevent brain diseases, such as dementia, later in life. So put down the remote and keep that brain active with a good book!


2. It can reduce stress

Not only is stress unenjoyable, but it’s also bad for your health. Luckily, picking up a book is one of the most relaxing ways to unwind. In 2009, researchers at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress levels by 68 per cent!


3. It might help you sleep better

We’ve all heard spending time staring at a screen before bed actually keeps you awake longer. For anyone having difficulty sleeping, establishing a good bedtime routine is essential for more shut-eye, and a great way to do that is with a quick half hour of reading before bed.


4. Reading boosts concentration

If you spend your time flicking between social media accounts and news stories and conversations with friends, you’re not alone. Our lives are full of distractions and it can be hard to stay focused. But practice makes perfect, and there’s nothing like the practice of reading a book to help train your brain to block out distractions and boost concentration.


5. It might help you live longer

A study by Yale University School of Public Health, which explored the benefits of reading on longevity, showed that people who read books for more than three and a half hours a week were found to have a higher survival advantage. That’s only 30 minutes a day! A great excuse to take some time out for yourself and unwind with a book.


Of course, besides the health benefits, there’s really nothing like the feeling of opening a new book and being transported to another place. In the words of Dr Seuss, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back & relax. All you need is a book.” So forget Netflix binges! Make 2019 your year of reading. And if you’re not quite sure where to start, treat yourself to a Bookabuy book subscription to get a brand-new book, handpicked to suit your personal reading preferences, delivered to your door each month.

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Giveaway - 25 Days of Bookmas

We’re giving away a Christmas gift every day for 25 days!

Once a day, we’ll post a different clue to a book on either Facebook or Instagram. If you are the first person to correctly guess the book’s title and author in the comments of that post, you’ll win a gift from us!

We’ll have different prizes every day to make it fun, and you could even win multiple prizes!

The giveaway will run from Saturday 1 December to Tuesday 25 December.

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions:

  1. The book author's first and last name, and the book's full title, must be provided in your comment and spelled correctly.
  2. The prizes are as stated and are not redeemable for cash or other alternatives.
  3. The winner for each day will be notified via the post on Facebook or Instagram that they have commented on. If the winner does not claim their prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  4. Bookabuy's decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Bookabuy and not to any other party.
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We Love to Imagine: Louise

We love to read, and we love to imagine! Our customers provide incredible detail in their book subscription orders, and we love imagining what they are like in real life!

In the next instalment of our "We Love to Imagine" series, we meet Louise from Western Australia. Here’s what Louise told us about herself:

"I'm a mama of two gorgeous babies, who are my world, but keep me on my toes. Amongst household chores, baby bottles, play dates, 'The Wiggles' songs, toddler adventures, and my regular day job, I am first and foremost a serial book consumer. I will read everything and anything. Given the chance I will bury myself in a book and not emerge for hours. I'm that person who starts a new novel, and next minute it's 3am and I'm closing the cover with a satisfied sigh. Luckily I love strong coffee, and have a VERY supportive husband. I also firmly believe that pajamas should be acceptable street wear!"

If you’re a current Bookabuy subscriber and would like to be featured next, let us know by emailing us at hello@bookabuy.com.au!

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Free gift with purchase

Purchase a pre-paid or monthly recurring Books & Tea Subscription and receive a bonus colourful loose leaf tea infuser with your first package!*

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Bookabuy Book Club: Vintage Classics

After the success of our first Book Club meet up, we're doing it all over again! Join us for the next one at Bookabuy HQ in Sydney!

The afternoon will be a relaxing, fun and interactive event (wine and cheese included). We’ll discuss all things books and literature. There will be lucky door prizes, quizzes, and discussion topics!

The theme is "Vintage Classics". There is no specific book to read prior, but we’ll be chatting about everything from Jane Austen to George Orwell, Harper Lee to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leo Tolstoy to Charlotte Brontë!

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Back, After the Break

“When we hear someone with a story similar to ours, the magnitude of our story diminishes and it’s no longer something we have to tackle alone, it’s now something we can get help dealing with — because someone else has dealt with it before and they can show us a path out of the pain.” — Osher Günsberg

Back, After the Break, Osher Günsberg’s incredibly important and honest memoir, has opened up a dialogue about mental illness unlike any other I have ever read. Osher provides a detailed account of his life, from his childhood through to his rising career in radio and television (with many successful shows including The Bachelor Australia and Australian Idol). He also speaks candidly about his struggles with alcoholism and substance abuse.

Growing up with Osher on TV (or Andrew G as we formerly knew him), I never guessed that he was tackling mental illness, and his memoir took me by surprise in many ways. Filled with dark humour in the form of footnotes throughout, the book shines a light on his private battles with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia and body dysmorphia. Osher’s vivid accounts of his anxiety attacks, paranoid delusions and suicidal ideations bring his story to life in a very raw and harrowing way.

Osher is very open about the fact that his recovery is an ongoing work in progress, and he is on a mission to wipe out the stigma associated with mental illness. He encourages others to see that help is out there if you need it.

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Bookabuy Book Club Launch

Join us on 12 July in Sydney for the first Bookabuy Book Club meetup!

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We Love to Imagine: Joanna

We love to read, and we love to imagine! Our customers provide incredible detail in their book subscription orders, and we love imagining what they are like in real life!

In the next instalment of our "We Love to Imagine" series, we meet Joanna from Tasmania! Here’s what Joanna told us about herself:

“I work in advocacy and community development. I love to travel and to read stories of far away places. I like to cook but I'm not terribly good at it. I have a dachshund who I adore way too much. I spend a lot of time eating out, at the beach and at the markets. I'm also very interested in Australian art.”

If you’re a current Bookabuy subscriber and would like to be featured next, let us know by emailing us at hello@bookabuy.com.au!

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Free Audible audiobooks for Bookabuy subscribers

Great news - we’ve partnered with Audible to offer our subscribers free audiobooks! Purchase any Bookabuy subscription or gift voucher and get an Audible VIP card for 3 free audiobooks!

Audible lets you enjoy great storytelling on the go! There are no strings attached, so you can cancel anytime, love every audiobook or swap it free, and best of all you can take your pick from over 200,000 titles.

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