Blog friends – things for you

The more I read blogs and respond with my readers, the more I find things for these people.  The quirkier the better.  So those readers with fantastic fashion sense miss out.

Steampunk postcards - from the Australian Maritime Museum
Steampunk postcards – from the Australian Maritime Museum
Sourcebook
Sourcebook
Paper dolls
Paper dolls
Earrings - and they were discounted.  Even I was tempted.
Earrings – and they were discounted. Even I was tempted.
Declutterer - this is a local vehicle
Declutterer – this is a local vehicle
Local graffiti or art
Local graffiti or art
I don't buy books... But mum does (I feel better that it was second hand)
I don’t buy books… But mum does (I feel better that it was second hand)
2015 Random 013
As a former cellist, I loved this book, based on a real (controversial) story.
Went a little crazy with the library books for planning my holiday
Went a little crazy with the library books for planning my holiday

I’m reading Emergency Sex now – it’s heavy, three friend moving from Cambodia to Somalia, to Rwanda and Haiti.  It’s intense from a doctor, a lawyer and a social worker.

Any books you can recommend from Eastern Europe – I’m well covered for Bosnia and Romania above, but am keen for Croatia and Russia.

8 Replies to “Blog friends – things for you”

  1. I will show J the picture of the skateboarding car! He'll *love* it! Is it a coaching business?

    I love the steampunk paper dolls! How cool is that!

    I'm not at all au fait with Eastern European books. I think the only one I've read (20 years ago) is that Solzhenitsyn one – The Gulag Archipelago. Incredible. But not a 'modern' Eastern European, of course.

    1. I keep seeing the car and thinking 'I must show Fiona!', so I'm glad I finally got a snap, uploaded it and put it on here. I think it's a coaching business, but I really have no idea.

      Hmmm, I'll add your book to my long term reading list, but more modern books help for a holiday plan.

  2. Love the steampunk stuff! The only book I've read based in Eastern Europe is The Tiger's Wife. I have Along the Enchanted Way (Romania) on my to-read list. I would like to read a book or two set in Hungary – maybe I will start with the Korda nonfiction one.

    1. I'm glad you like it!

      Oh, more titles I haven't heard of! You'll see I'm on GoodReads. AND… they taught me how to search my own library catalogue better for books they have set in places I want to read about!

  3. You got me thinking. I don’t think I’ve read books set in, or about Eastern Europe. Definitely not anything modern or non-fiction such as memoirs or auto-biographical.

    Love the face on the building. I’m always amazed at creativity like this. And how detailed and precise people can be.

    1. I've especially sought them out, as I know a well written story will bring streets and towns alive for me. I really feel like I know Sarajevo better now with Cellist in Sarajevo. The other book (Emergency Sex) was more a tale about people, but two books I might not have otherwise have sought out.

      The face is amazing – it's part of this place that offers up adult education near us, where I did the body painting.

  4. Possibly not quite what you meant but if you haven't read the Master and Margherita yet, I highly recommend that. I'm not much into surreal stuff but once I stopped expecting an "ordinary" story I was able to enjoy it and the beautiful language had me hooked from the start. I remember telling someone that when I got to the second chapter and I was wishing I had already finished just so I could go back and start again.

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