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Bookgiving day 2017

Good news! ♥ Tomorrow’s not just Valentine’s Day, but the international bookgiving day of the year as well!♥♥  Why not a combination of the two? Sounds good to me.

So what is International Bookgiving Day??

International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,

2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read

3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

If you wanna know how to get involved, go to:

http://www.bookgivingday.com

 

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Go placidly

I love this! I found it in the toilet of a cute pub during one of our walks in the countryside. Do you see when you look?

Desiderata
Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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A moment of peace

 

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One of my favorite places on earth for having a moment of peace. Loch Long

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Disrespect attracts disrespect.

 

14462796_10154661236549078_8001796375623162139_nAs I was sitting in front of the laptop, trying to think what to write about, I happened upon Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe speech. She gave a speech that left everyone else in the room, and myself in front of the laptop, speechless. And without her giving any names, everyone knew who and what she was talking about.

I was unsure if it was worth writing about the matter. A lot has been said and written, not just about the election in America, but about everything caused by all the lack of empathy in this world we live in. I know some of my friends will raise an eyebrow at me, and say, but you’re not even American! I guess my issue isn’t so much  the result of the election, as what it stands for. I never was one for politics.

But I was always one to understand what it feels like to be an outsider. I was always one to feel saddened by other people hurting. I was always one to be curious about things and people who are different to me. I was never really materialist. But I kinda understand how this corporative world makes you one. It’s OK to want to have money to pay your bills. It’s OK to want to have a roof above your head. It’s OK to want to be able to pay for your health care, or for your children’s education. It’s OK to work and strive towards financial security. I do to, I won’t be a hypocrite.

But it’s not OK to forget to be human. It’s not OK to forget all about empathy for the ones who are marginalised, the ones on the fringes of society. It’s not OK to be scared to speak up. Against unfair judgement, against cruelty,against disrespect, against manipulation of the masses. Against ignorance and passivity. Others will pick a fight with you. People who might be smarter, more knowledgeable about the ways of the world, and they will show you in millions of way’s how you’re too naive, too sentimental. But that’s also OK. You know it’s OK to listen to your gut. It doesn’t think in numbers. 😉

IT’S OK TO CARE !

A Feast for Crows -George R.R. Martin

 

 

 

Whoohoo! The first book I finished in 2017 is A Feast for Crows, the fourth volume in the Game of Thrones Saga. It was a very fast read, and I’m glad I managed to finish it before I go back to work, because it got very hard to put down.

At first I was very disappointed that Martin chose to split up this installment in two parts, with the two parts running in parallel storywise and each telling only the stories of some of the characters. I quite missed some of them, especially in the beginning, I’ve said I might just skip this one :)) I was joking, of course.

But it made me understand much better the story and the characters than from what I saw in the show. And the ending, OMG, it was soo good, the last 100 or so pages just flew by. For me, it held the biggest difference between the show and book, and I’m very curious if they are gonna include this storyline in the upcoming season of the show. They have to!! And also, when did I became sympathetic with Jamie?! Many people say that one of the things that makes the novel so good is that the character are not black and white, just like people in real life.

It might just be my favorite one after A game of thrones!

2016 in books

I’ve put together a collage of my year in books, and you can also find my Top3 at the end.

Happy New Year!!

Currently reading: A Feast for Crows – George R.R. Martin

 

My top three:

  1. A game of thrones -George R. R. Martin

2.  The seven habits of highly effective people -Stephen R. Covey

3.   The tales of Beedle the Bard -J.K.Rowling

( Probably The cursed child is close behind 🙂 )

The tales of Beedle the Bard- J. K. Rowling

 

3950967 If you’re not familiar with this book, it’s a collection of tales first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Hermione receives the book as a legacy from Dumbledore, and she’s the one who translates the stories from ancient runes so that all wizards and muggles alike can read them.

The best thing about this book, that it was written for charity. The proceeds from its sale all went to support the Children’s High Level Group, an organisation that supports institutionalised and marginalised children.

The collection contains 5 stories and each of them are followed by Dumbledore’s insight’s to the story. Among his other talents and achievements, turns out, he’s got an eye for literature as well.

I love to read anything written by JKR, especially if it’s related to her wizarding world. It gives my that familiar, cosy feeling. I found the stories to be original, with that funny and at times dark twist that has become her trademark. I don’t think I’m able to pick a favorite, but, behind the magic, they touch themes that are very much relevant for our Muggle reality as well, like greed, fear of those who are different, love, etc.

I highly recommend it ! 😉

 

 

A Very Merry Christmas!

4c888e032472656751d1ba116e4957b8  Dear all, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Christmas through the blog as well.

I’m so excited around Christmas time! I always do my best and try to ignore the early displays in the shopping centers (they do come earlier and earlier each year, don’t they?) so it doesn’t become trivial by the time the actual holiday arrives. It’s a shame they try to comercialize a holiday that should be about being together and being kinder, to others and to yourself.

When I was a child, Christmas used to be such a magical time, and I do my best to try and keep the magic and wonder alive every year. It’s a time to find joy in the miracle of Jesus’s birth,  in the presence on one another, in the crazy family moments, in the almost burnt puddings, in the festive wreaths,in the mauld wine, the carols, in the baubles on the Christmas tree. For me, the Christmas three is the most legit proof that magic exists 😀

So, dear friends, I wish you all a lovely Christmas in the presence of your loved ones, filled with wonder, joy ,peace and thankfulness.

MERRY CHRISTMAS !

 

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