Do you share in the love for reading books?

Today, I am sharing a link to an excellent author who thought up a goal to learn about people from every country through books, and she set her goal for one year.  She has so many interested followers and I am one of them. 

This project has international origins. It came from a comment on a blog I used to keep, where an American reader suggested I try an Australian novel: Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. This got me looking at my bookshelves with new eyes and made me realise how narrow my reading choices were. So in recognition of Australian literature’s […]

via Postcard from my bookshelf #7 — A year of reading the world

Turkmen book published in English

Dear readers,

I came across the book, ” A year of reading the world” while browsing the newly published book shelf at the Intriquing Princeton Public library.

Ann Morgan, a freelance writer and editor in London wrote, ” The World between two covers, the U.S.A. form, it was published in 2015.

Reposting what she discussed on November 21, 2016.

” I’m often contacted by fellow literary explorers keen to know if the unpublished books I read during my quest are now available so that they can read them too.

Sadly, I frequently have to answer no: the manuscript translations I read from the Comoros and São Tomé and Príncipe, for example, are still unpublished. And although I have heard from several publishers interested in bringing out an English-language version of the Mozambican classic Ualalapi, an anglophone text is yet to appear.

However, there has been some good news this summer when it comes to the book I read from Turkmenistan, the whimsical novel The Tale Aypi by exiled writer Ak Welsapar. This has found an English-language home with Slavic literature press Glagoslav Publications and is on sale now.

This means that Welsapar’s novel, the first book to be translated directly from Turkmen into English, is now accessible in the world’s most-published language. Great news for its author – who lost so much when his work was blacklisted in his home nation – and for curious readers everywhere.

As such, The Tale of Aypi joins The Golden Horse, my then-unpublished Panamanian read (now available on ebook), on the anglophone global bookshelf. Let’s hope we soon see many others follow suit.”

The Tale of Aypi by Ak Welsapar, translated from the Turkmen by WM Coulson (Glagoslav Publications, 2016)

Ann Morgan, a freelance writer and editor in London.

Reposting what she discussed on November 21, 2016

I’m  often contacted by fellow literary explorers keen to know if the unpublished books I read during my quest are now available so that they can read them too. Sadly, I frequently have to ans…

Source: Turkmen book published in English

What inspires you?

Revised December 4, 2018

Do you ever wonder how it is that you choose to do something? What inspires you? Why does that particular thing spark your interest?

Are you a ” go with the flow” type of person or are you rigid in your thoughts of what you’ve already decided is right for you?

I am finding that I have changed my likes over the years, just as some people change in their level of friendship, exploring new things, adds to wellness. am interested!!

From the perspective of children, some cannot wait to finish school, yet you can spend your lifetime learning. Your brain, the process of  thinking and your mind is ready to absorb new and  different information.

I feel you become a better person with each new thing that you introduce.  It is social, in the process, you meet new people. You don’t have to like every aspect of a person, but you learn to appreciate that part of them that participates in a certain activity, whether it yoga, painting, rock climbing, singing, teaching, jewelry-making, meeting a bakery owner, a gardener at the Dukes Farm Estate.

I am amazed at my local library and all the venues it has to offer. It truly has become a multi-faceted place for community in which during the learning process,  I have met several new friends.

At my local library, There is the ” Digital Cafe”, The Smart Lab” to take various computer seminars, and to make appointments for one on one questions. Also there you can learn ” Garage Band”, video-Editing.  There is also is a Library consortium of shared services, one of these being sewing. I sewed  both a zipped pouch and a pretty library tote sewn with one of my favorite design patterns called “toile” in a black and white color fabric.

During both months of  January and March were ” Makers month ” at local libraries in my area.

Who would have thought that all you need is a black felt tip sharpie and a white ” tile” cardboard and you can create artistic doodles called Zentangle? The premise is that while playing New Age music, ( a type of  music that is  often played during yoga classes),  and drawing patterns, that it releases endorphins that create a form of relaxation.  That day in January, I also learned knitting, and ball room dancing. In March, I was enthused to attend and watch documentaries films on environmental concerns created by independent film makers.

One of my favorites was the movie entitled ” Angel Azul”,  about the long process of creating an Angel statue by plaster casting on a live person model; this took hours to do and I appreciated the patience of the lady model. This statue was lowered into the ocean with a giant crane.  Many more statues were created by sculpturists in the same method , all to be used on the ocean floor, to create a new barrier reef ,  a place for plankton, and sea life to adhere to.  I learned that professional scuba divers travel from all areas of the world to scuba  dive in Mexico to view this place.

December 4, 2018  Revisiting my blog post, entitled “ What inspires you?” .

In summary, inspiration and creating is a fluid, an ever-changing process, involving being with people, the social interaction becomes the fun of it.

However, for inspiration, it helps to have space, quiet time to think and create, reflect.  The early morning hours, before anyone else is awake has been a good time for ideas to emerge.   Ways to plan involve having a list pad nearby for jotting down notes, or 3 x  5 index cards, “ do young people  even hand write notes in this day?”, utilizing google calendar for event dates, and merging similar ideas onto the  Pintrest, a web site.


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Comments: I welcome your comments, thoughts on the subject.


Top Ten Bookish Things I Haven’t Finished- Weekly Tuesday Book Meme

Top ten bookish things I haven’t finished.

Tuesday book meme

Is the question, do you like to read? Rather, what is the least amount of books that you have purchased at a book sale, since the last day of most book sales is ” Bag of Books for $1.00 or 2.00″?

This is how I can contribute to a weekly meme topic, Tuesday books, with the title, ” Top ten Books I Haven’t finished”.  As I look to the side of my bed, this is the current stack of books.  These are the ones I reach for.  However, chuckling, I currently have  just two books checked out of my local library, Negella’s Kitchen, and a Halloween themed book, ” Vampires, Witches and Caldrones”, or something like that.

  1. Summers End                By Kathleen Gilles Seidel
  2. A month of Summer      By Lisa Wingate
  3. The Conde Nast Traveler of Unforgettable Journeys By Clara Glowczewska,Editor
  4. The Clover House.          By Henriette Lazaridis Power
  5. Floating in My Mother’s Palm  By Ursula Hegi
  6. Know Your Power            By Nancy Pelosi.                                                                                                 The first two books that I have listed have a common word in them, Summer.  I chose these books at a book sale in the spring, while I was anticipating summer and then once summer came, I was so busy learning and networking that I didn’t finish.

The 3 rd book, ” Unforgettable Journeys” title , I like to pick up and read a story every now and then.

” The Clover House, just got buried underneath my favorites and I forgot about.

” Floating in my mother’s Palm”  is hard for me to read  , first of all by the tone of the book, is melancholy. The time frame is set in Post War Germany and the first chapter starts with the author describing her mother   Pregnant and carrying the author in the womb, how she chose a nun to take care of her instead of a midwife  and her days waiting .

The Book authored by Nancy Pelosi is a book I purchased after hearing her speak to promote the book on one of the morning Talk Shows. This one is important subject, Women and Empowerment. This book, I promise to continue reading and get it off this list.

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