From our library:
Living the Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing
In the depths of the Great Depression, Scott (an economist dismissed from academia for his radial socialist views during World War I) and his second wife Helen fled New York City in search of a quieter life in which to cultivate their values of pacifism, subsistence, and veganism.
The Good Life is a practical and philosophical account of settling on 200 acres alongside Stratton Mountain in Vermont, where the couple spent the next two decades growing their own food (absent manure or pesticides), building with stone, producing maple syrup and refusing to generate profit: Committed to the value of leisure, the Nearings would work only 4 hours a day, 6 months a year, and when their basic needs were met abandoned “bread labor” for reflection and constructive avocation.
Bibliochaise by Nobody&co
I was just thinking how perfect this would be for my humble little apartment when I read the designer’s quote:
“Twelve years ago we lived in a tiny flat, full of books but with nowhere to sit. Problems are always the best inspirations.That same year we drew the first Bibliochaise: a cube in which to sit, with slots all around to put books in. Geometry is magic. Each time you draw a cube or a square, something wonderful can happen.”
Perfect summary. Apparently the chair can hold 300 books and (even more win) comes in a range of different colors. You can visit its home right here.
The History of the Mad King
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”
At first, I was apprehensive about reading A Monster Calls for two reasons: 1) because it was classed as “Young Adult” or “teen” fiction, of which I rarely find anything worthwhile and 2) Because I have read enough mediocre books of the “fantasy/horror” persuasion to write my own.
A Monster Calls though, is far from disappointing.
A wonderfully intense emotional journey, with the kind of hard truths that everyone fears to acknowledge, I myself felt that uncomfortable twist in my stomach at some of the chapters.
Ness’s wonderful literary style makes you want to read it cover to back in one sitting, and read it again and again.
With such a desensitized new generation, very few books of late have evoked so much emotion from myself. As such, this is definitely one of my most memorable and all-time favourite reads.
Also, I am officially in love with Jim Kay, the Illustrator in charge of these:
I’ve officially made this one of my favourite reads ever on my Goodreads :)
- DIY Free Printable Keep Calm and May the Odds Always Be in Your Favor here.
- DIY Easy Key Chain or Pendant. Link also has 12 free printable Hunger Game Themed Quotes from G*Rated here.
- DIY Hunger Games Invitation by Kyla from Funky PolkaDot Giraffe here.
- DIY Hunger Game Magnets and Charms from Hunger Game Lessons here.
- Amazing Charm Bracelets by patty_o_furniture at Craftster.org here.
- DIY Katniss Braid by The View from in Here here.
- DIY Hunger Games District 12 Necklace from Rae Gun Ramblings here.
- DIY Resin Bottle Cap Pins by Heidi of Digknity with lots of free printables at Rae Gun Ramblings here.
Eight Hnuger Game Craft Projects. I want to do them ALL .___.
Fun Bookshelf Designs
It’s not a good novel without a great, complex, villain.
Not a, “Ha! I’m evil for evils sake!” but one, for example, like Irene Adler. She is a villain, she carries out crimes, tricks and manipulates the hero (Sherlock) and profits at the expense of others.
But if you go into context, for a woman of her time, that is a major accomplishment; to be on level (if not succeeding it) with a man.
Olives: A Violent romance - Alexander McNabb
On Olives so far:
Mr McNabb is a local author who finally published his own book independantly after years of hard work - Congrats! :)
Was kind enough to visit the TwitbookClub at our usual haunt in Wildpeeta for an interview about his book. We had lots of laughs and got author insight on the story.
@ The Back:
When Paul Stokes runs out of choices, his only path is betrayal.
The fragile peace is holding. Behind the scenes, the Israelis are competing for dwindling water resources as Jordan and Palestine face drought. Daoud Dajani has the solution to Jordan’s water problems and is bidding against the British for the privatisation of Jordan’s water network.
When journalist Paul Stokes befriends Dajani’s sister, Aisha, British intelligence agent Gerald Lynch realises Paul offers access to Dajani - the man threatening to drain Israel’s water supply and snatch the bid from the British. Blackmailed by Lynch into spying on Dajani, his movements seemingly linked to a series of bombings, Paul is pitched into a terrifying fight for survival that will force him to betray everyone around him. Even the woman he loves.
Olives explores love in conflict, the pull of home set against the excitement of the new and a people trying to live alongside the conflict we see on television, the human stories behind glib media coverage that reduces the ebb and flow of existence to a few throwaway catchphrases. Forced to spy for his country, Paul finds himself embroiled in a struggle for survival between good and evil where the people he wants to see as the good guys are worse than he could ever have imagined.
So far the storyline has got me sitting on the edge of my seat what with the looming cloud of uncertainty you feel for Paul and the Dajanis as he struggles with the pressures of spying on his friends or face persecution.
Also constantly guessing about the relationship between him and the lovely daughter of the Dajani family - Aisha - and whether or not they’ll have a happy ending.
Before anyone starts to assume this book is just feeding off the political and human rights situation in Palestine, I would tell them not to shove the book onto that shelf just yet.
McNabb hasn’t made it a clear-cut Good vs Evil political intrigue, as is so monotonously used in most cheesy propaganda-esque novels. In fact the line is quite blurred.
Both “sides” have a darker element to them - they’re not all pristine and transparent - as most of these situations are in reality. And its the realistic imagery (utilised from years of living in the Middle east) that immerses you into the Olives world.
I’m excited to see where it leads.
Want more info? Check out the Olives Blog
So far the book is only published and for sale in Bookstores in the the UAE, but is available for delivery from The Book Depository for approx £10 (shipped free to over 100 countries including US :] )
It’s available on Kindle here
Available for shipping in the US on Amazon (paperback $11.51) here
Also available on iBooks and Barnes & Noble. Just search “Alexander McNabb”