If I asked you to tell me one thing that we do on a daily basis you’d probably say eat, sleep, walk but what about read? We can’t go anywhere these days without reading something, whether it be facebook messages, text messages or emails. Depending on what you’re reading, you may or may not consider it a joy but honestly, nothing beats curling up in bed (or on the couch) reading a good book.
Early last month, my housemate told me about the Lifeline Bookfest being held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane. It’s an annual event not only held in Brisbane but throughout Queensland, drawing large crowds of bookworms over consecutive days.
As someone who had never been before (I love how Brisbane is exposing me to events like this), it sounded great and as an avid reader I thought I might as well tag along and check it out. However when the day came, my plans changed at the last minute and I decided not to go. I later regretted this decision when my housemate arrived home with a bagful of books including novels, cookbooks and various other goodies.
“Darn, I knew I should’ve gone,” I thought to myself.
Last weekend however, I was on the Gold Coast and had some time to spare. Unsure of what I was going to do with myself, I called a friend who just so happened to mention the Lifeline Bookfest was on at Parklands that weekend. Without thinking, I jumped in my car and quickly made my way there. This time, I wasn’t going to miss out!
It was 2pm on Sunday afternoon when I arrived and from the moment I walked through the doors, I was greeted by an endless amount of books beckoning my name. To be honest, I didn’t even know where to begin, but the fiction hardbacks looked like a good place to start.
I spent two whole hours (which felt like five minutes) slowly perusing the endless rows of books. During that time, I’m pretty sure I lost count of the number of Dan Brown books (mostly the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons). While I was particularly after some George Orwell classics (namely Animal Farm and 1984), I came across some other goodies that I have been intending to read for a while.
One is The Shack by WM. Paul Young and the other, Q&A by Vikas Swarup, which the movie Slumdog Millionaire is based on. I even scored myself a two-dollar Brisbane and Gold Coast street directory, which now permanently lives, in my car for those days when I just can’t seem to find my way around town. All up, I spent fourteen dollars and have myself some fantastic reads which I cannot wait to get into!
Lifeline Bookfest is a great family event that really does have something for everyone. Books span over 20 different categories and are broken into three different sections – high quality, priced and unpriced. This year’s Brisbane Bookfest that was held from 9-12 June, raised over $70,000 with all proceeds going towards UnitingCare Community’s Lifeline service, including Lifeline’s 24-hour Crisis Line.
So not only do you score some real bargains but you can walk away knowing your money has been donated to a worthwhile cause. If you missed this year’s Bookfest, don’t worry, Brisbane’s next Lifeline Bookfest will be held from Saturday January 19 to Sunday January 27, 2013 (which really isn’t that far away). So pencil it in your diary and keep that day free because this is one event you won’t want to miss!!