Good Morning 😊 what are your plans for this cold Saturday? getting ready for Christmas? or maybe a cosy day with a good book or two, numerous cups of tea, underneath a warm blanket, in a cosy chair or bed, with a Christmas lights twinkling in the background?
Ps. this is one of the books linked to our current #baakclub theme - this one is set in one of my dream locations to live in - Scottish Highlands... ("Under the skin" M. Faber). I'm 90-odd pages in, and I must say I'm intrigued... have you read it? have you seen the film? what did you think?
so the current theme for our #baakclub is to try to tell the others about our past, present and future using books set in locations linked to our lives, the idea is to get to know each other a little bit better through the medium of literature...
Recently, I've been really, really busy, but I want to start sharing with you books linked to that theme, starting with my past... 📖
In regards to where I came from, I was hoping I would find a book set in my home town (zielona góra in Poland), but I hadn't found one. And then my sister brought me the book from the top of this pile - interviews with people whose parents survived Holocaust. Reading this book has made me think that I would like to tell you where I'm from by picking the books linked to one of the darkest moments in human history... So I've been through my shelves and have found these, and I'm sure if I looked better I would've found few more... (By the way, I'm yet to read two of these and finish one)
I must say that I'm proud when I think that amongst Polish people had been so many who were later recognised as Righteous Among The Nations, but I also realize that there had been way too many people like the ones from the book at the bottom of this pile, who not only helped the Nazis, but also took their own initiative in killing their fellow countrymen... It's difficult to think about it, and even more difficult to wonder which role I would've played if faced with those circumstances... I always worry that I would've lacked the courage and strength...
So where do I come from? I come from a country that witnessed horrific atrocities and yet managed to remain anti-Semitic... 😔
to forget a Holocaust is to kill twice (Elie Wiesel)
Guys, I wonder if you will be able to help me... 😊 💚
I'm looking for IG accounts that support zero waste movement. But I'm not (yet?) after people who are able to fit a year worth of waste into one small jar.
What I'm looking for are people who live lives similar to mine, people who have access to more or less the same shops (some local supermarkets, tiny local market - one fruit/veggie stall), are on more or less the same (small) budget etc. 💚
I'm trying to change my life one step at a time (metal straw, reusable water bottle, thermal mug, canvas shopping bags, soap instead of shower gel, no food waste, more conscious buying habits (this does not apply to buying second hand books though 😉)) and I'm looking for some inspiration. 💚
I would like to see how others manage their food shopping to avoid plastic packaging/minimise their impact on the environment, without the access to shops that sell in bulk etc. 💚
Do you follow/ know any such accounts? Or do you do something that you would like to share with me? Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas and good practices with me, and for potential IG recommendations 😘
my sister came over for few days, and we've done absolutely nothing, nothing! (apart from taking few poor quality photos of each other, touring around some local charity shops, reading books and watching telly - so much for a productive time together 😂) by the way, my cat was besotted with her, but he's a crafty bugger - he was following her around the house, sleeping in her bed, taking naps on her lap, but it's taken him about 3 minutes to sneak back into my bed as soon as my sister left this morning and he realised she wasn't coming back 😹
my dear IG friends, where do you buy your books? are you a fan of second hand books? or do you prefer brand new ones, fresh of the press, with crispy new pages, untouched by another human being? do you prefer the smell of a brand new book, or of the yellowing old paper? or maybe you prefer ebooks, or audio books? do you mind reading pre-owned books? do you rely on the good old libraries?
Majority of my book (I would say probably 85-90%) are #secondhandbooks . I buy them either in charity shops (these are the moments when I judge books by their cover/title and end up coming back home with stacks of books) or from the online shop (@worldofbooksltd, just in case any of you were interested) selling, what I call, preloved books (I buy from them when I'm looking for a specific book from my "must read" list, when I've been inspired by one of your reads, when someone's recommended something to me etc.). 📖
I don't mind the fact that someone else owned these books before me. I see it as the best form of recycling - giving home to unwanted books by supporting good causes and at the same time making sure that I don't spend my whole wages on books (why would I buy a brand new book if I can have 4-15 (depending on which charity shop I go to) for the same amount of money? pure economics!). 📖
Althought I buy new books when I visit my home country. Every year or two I go "home" with a list of books I want to bring back HOME with me, these are books by Polish writers that I wouldn't be able to get in UK. I tend to order them from @aros.pl (I'm a bargain hunter!), as I haven't got enough time to look for them in second hand bookshops and/or I know for sure that I won't be able to find them there. and even when I do want to go shopping for second hand books in Poland the world seems to be against me (last time i was "home", my sister (@krotkahistoriaczasu) and I planned to visit all (2) second hand bookshops in my home town, but as it turns out their owners don't feel like working on Saturdays 😉).
What are your books buying habits?????