I thought I would take some photos to demonstrate the quantity of books in my parents house. All of them, I would expect, are read. They aren’t for show, or nostalgia – well I’m sure some stay from a nostalgic point of view, such as the ones on antiques, surfing and teaching physical education.
And that completes the previous formal living room/part time my bedroom.
Now for the casual living area at the back of the house:
My brother’s bedroom… and also at times the formal dining room. We have a house that’s very adaptable!
Now into the casual dining area, off the kitchen.
And for the smallest room in the house, the study, which… also had a previous life as a (tiny) bedroom for my brother.
Interestingly, there’s two bedrooms with no bookcases or shelves. And our three bathrooms are spartan of books… well as far as a permanent place for books!
Can you see from the first three photos why I have felt a little… cluttered? I’ll be moving into my parent’s bedroom whilst they’re away, and I’ll relish the wart on walls, and blank wardrobe doors 🙂
How does you home compare for this quantity of books, and shelves?
I love blogging! I drafted this post, and then I thought, ‘it’s a little disjointed’, ‘why this book isn’t with that book?’. So after completely reorganising my books, hopefully now they are stored in a way that makes sense to you – it certainly makes more sense to me! Oh and I decluttered two books that I wasn’t entirely proud to have listed :p
Firstly, books are largely hidden in my home, after spending a time in a room with a wall lined in books. I just find the visual too cluttery. So here’s what’s on show in my home:
Beside the radio
In the same shelves, above the radio
And on the bed ledge
These are the ‘plan to read’ books.
Israel is Real, Rich Cohen
Each peach pear plum
An intelligent life
Holocaust sites of Europe
And here’s what’s hidden behind closed doors
French Books (in French or about France)
12 steps to find a job
The game master (Le maitre du jeu)
If it is a man (Si C’est un homme)
Improve your French
Poland <- a gift from a Polish friend when I studied in France
The Bronze Horseman <- from an Aussie friend who visited Russia. I read Paulina Simons ‘The Bronze Horseman’ and so I asked for the original poetry. But I can’t read cryllic!
Honeymoon with my brother – Franz Wiesner
The Christmas Mystery – Jostein Garder
Plan B – L.R. Brown <- all about alternative ways in life. Like no flush toliets, and Chinese meat consumption and global warming
The Back Row
The holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando
Night, E. Wiesel
Eyewitness Aushwitz, F. Muller
Among the righteous, R. Satloff
Ester and Ruzya – Masha Gessen, Masha Gessen
The Seamstress – a memoir of survival, S. T. Bernstein, L.L. Thornton & M. Berstein Samuels
Auschwitz, Auschwitz, How can I forget you
Safe Passage – Ida Cook
American Heroine in the French Resistance
Mister God, this is Anna
Growing to Maturity
The mindful way through depression
Striped book – Inspirations book from 2006
Spiral bound black book – more inspirations
Photo album from high school
Blue display book (empty)
First travel journal from 2006
Second travel journal from 2006
Third travel journal from 2007 onwards
Plastic case of brochures for future employers etc
Binder of bank statements from France – 2006 onwards
Stamp collection (Australian)
Stamp collection (foreign)
Binder of floristry assignments and remaining notes
Tax envelope for this year’s receipts
Receipts of clothing spending, electrical items, scooter related costs
Writing paper and envelopes
The Sweet Poison Quit plan
Humourous check list
Journal from 2011-12 (with lists to move house etc)
There you go, I think that’s about all of the permanent resident books in my house. There’s a constant cycle of library books, of course. I pretty much won’t buy a published book now days – between the library, my mother’s house (which feels like a library) and my uncle owning a book store, I have an endless source, it would seem! I will only buy 2nd hand books when I am heading overseas, and leave them there. How do you think I did? Minimal?
Sadly, I just never got ‘into’ Broken by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s a pretty good sign I’m not that into a book when it doesn’t migrate to my handbag to be toted around ‘just in case’ I have time to read.
So on Sunday I decided to call it a forfeit, and start on the other library book I had on hand Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. I’m not quite halfway through it (and I’ve been reading it, in conjunction with catching up on my daily bible reading, which can be a little heavy and slow going). I think it speaks for itself that I’m so far along already, but I’m not at the review stage (yet). It’s certainly a cold, heavy tale of loss at the moment, and whilst I might hazard a guess of where it’s going, I can’t be sure. I hate to ‘ruin’ a story by guessing it for myself, I’m happier just to go along for the ride.
Hopefully, next week I’ll be back with a proper review. Here’s what’s on my reading list, should you be interested:
1. The power of habit : why we do what we do, and how to change / Charles Duhigg
2. The paradox of choice : why more is less / Barry Schwartz.
3. Make the bread, buy the butter : what you should and shouldn’t cook from scratch : over 120 recipes for the best homemade foods / Jennifer Reese.
4. I quit sugar : your complete 8-week detox program and cookbook / Sarah Wilson.
5. The Happiness Project : or, why i spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read aristotle, and generally have more fun / Gretchen Rubin.
6. Eugenia : a true story of adversity, tragedy, crime and courage / Mark Tedeschi.
7. Young House Love / Sherry and John Petersik *not currently at my library :(*
8. Zero Waste Home / Bea Johnson *awaiting it to get to the library*
Bestsellers/blockbusters (or novels!)
1. An instance of the fingerpost / Pears, Iain.
2. Perfume : the story of a murderer / Patrick Süskind ; translated by John E. Woods.
3. A game of thrones. / George R. R. Martin
Taking recommendations for novels, as all the books on my list at the library seem to be super popular – namely the non fiction ones.
My mother, bless her heart, sent this book (Leon and Louise) to me from France where she was living last year. She knows I love a good book about the war, and so this one suited. Oh, and whilst the book is set in France, and my mother was in France, it is, in fact, in English!
The story centers around two young lovers – who coincidentally meet at the beginning of the war. Leon is sent to a far off town to be the Morse code expert (which he is not… but picks up quickly with lots of practice on the job, and some magazines!), Louise cycles past him and is absolutely mesmerizing. The book moves between ‘then’ and ‘now’, and times in between, and it’s clear that despite the early chemistry of Leon and Louise (and the book’s title), that they are not in fact together. It was an enjoyable book, and like most books, makes me think about ‘what if’ I was one of the characters. What if the love of my life disappeared without a trace? Would I keep looking? Would I move on? (Would I continue to be sure they were in fact the love of my life?). I’m not usually into romance, and I suppose this is what this book is simply about, but it does delve into the dynamics of family and war and separation and I truly do find that fascinating and inspiring.
Nest us – The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey – I’m well into it, but probably another week til a review is better (less taxing on the memory – it was a while since early Feb when I read Leon and Louise!)
It’s not often that I don’t get to ‘chose’ my books, but this book was a gift from one of my neighbours, saying it was their favourite book . All this, cause I left them some brownies! I was shocked that I received a book in return! (Thanks Poppy and Dean – so generous of you!) In any case, I decided to work from the unread pile before returning to the library.
At around 600 pages, it was a long book, and often I wasn’t sure where it was headed, but was happy to continue along just a little longer. It’s a translation from Japanese, and it’s set in the late 70s. The clues were references to cassettes, and home telephones! The main character, Toru, has lost his job, and is a house husband. He seems to settle into the routine of being at home as his wife, Kumiko, unexpectedly leaves him. Rather than this event being dramatic, it’s more a slow puzzling unraveling of his life. Prior to her departure, their cat had gone missing. Toru is asked by his wife to see someone about the cat – Malta Kano. Once Malto and her sister Creta, are introduced to the story deviates into the bizarre. There’s supernatural elements in this tale, but I never really resolved why or how they come to be.
Essentially, Toru never stops looking for his wife, and along the way meets people who share their story and life, such as a retired army general who witnessed someone being skinned alive (there is a whole chapter about this episode!). Toru meets a woman who, as the story unravels, finds that her father shares some of his quirky physical peculiarities. There’s also a young neighbour who has stopped attending high school, and is slowly discovering her womanhood. Lastly, Toru is pursued by his wife’s brother (whom neither of them liked, and were both estranged from) who indicates that Toru should sign divorce papers. He flatly refuses to without speaking to his wife.
The book is eerie. It never really rises above the sorrow and sense of lose and longing Toru is experiencing for his wife, who he cannot track down, and refuses to believe wants a divorce. The final chapters of the book draw everything to a close – both the real and the super natural, but I couldn’t help feeling a sense of disappointment. That’s not to say I didn’t like the book – it certainly took me on a journey and was engrossing as it did so.
There’s three days left (of my ‘weeks’ system) but it is technically the end of the month today so…
$20k target by 22 Dec: I moved money onto the mortgage this month, so my $20k target took a hit. However, over the year, I should be able to reach this goal by the slight reduction in weekly payments on my mortgage!
End of Jan: $14,249
End of Feb: $12,130
Generosity target – 55% (or 89% if adjusted) achieved
of at least $100 per week (weeks Mon thu Sun – and based on when things were withdrawn from my accounts):
week 1 (28/1 onwards) – $120: $100 to MS Colour Run to get a friend to her target. I wished I’d registered and done the run too…! + $20 church (2 hours)
week 2 – nothing 🙁 other than $25 to church
week 3 – nothing beyond the $20 to church
week 4 – as above…
week 5 – $20 to church and $20 to a friend (4+ hours)
It seems like money has gotten away from me this month, I was feeling it on the third week. When I analyse this week’s spending, it doesn’t really add up why. Although I did buy myself an external HDD so I could return one I’ve borrowed, and consolidate files on discs and an old HDD. That was $100, which I would have otherwise have had ‘surplus’ for charity. I also bought three months credit in one go, rather than month by month, so that’s a higher ‘cost’ to take out this week than usual.
With my charitable donations, I’m behind $275. However last month I was ahead $220, so if I average it out, I’m doing ok. Difference of $55.
Cook at home twice a week – 90% achieved
week 1 (28/1 onwards) –
At BF’s – can’t recall what we had (Mon),
Birthday roast at parents (Wed) ghnocci with oven dried little tomatoes (Thu),
Cousin’s 18th (Sat),
Pub nachos after polo (Sun)
week 2 –
I usually cook Mondays, but I can’ t recall. Chicken Soup (Tue),
Ravioli with roast eggplant at friend’s house (Wed),
Garlic bread (Thu),
Fancy b’day dinner at Quay (Fri),
Party food (Mexican) (Sat)
Nachos at pub (Sun)
week 3 – Roast vegies (Mon),
Tacos made by BF (Tue),
Bro’s B’day dinner at parents (Wed),
No dinner – feeling ill (Thu),
B’day dinner out (Fri), Cheese souffle, beans and sweat potato (Sat),
Lamb roast and vegies at parents (Sun)
week 4 – Chicken tagine with quinoa (Mon) Spaghetti (and macaroni) puttanesca (Tue) Cauliflower based pizza – YUMMO!(Wed)
Tacos at boyfriends (Thu)
Thai out with uni friends (Fri)
Pizza out with visiting school friend (Sat)
Roast chicken at parents (Sun)
Well it was the birthday week in the first week, so there were a lot of cookies consumed! And some homemade cheesecake by me. And some ‘tries’ of the bf’s icecream.
As of Lent (13/2/13), these are my infractions:
Thu 14th – shared lemonade with b/f at movies. I think I’ll ‘loophole’ drinks otherwise it’ll be a very dry month! However My mocha will become a Cap. Also had a few lemonade sips on Sun 16th after a really tough water polo game (no substitutions – I’m too old to play a whole 24 minute game!). Also ate a dessert my friend made – Mango-misu. No added sugar, but the soaked biscuits would have come with. I also had an energy drink, laden with sugar – but I’ll claim ‘loophole’! x 3 (seems they are becoming prevalent, as I realise coffee is causing me pain)
Train for polo – 60% success
week 1 – no training due to public holiday Monday, trained Feb 4th (though then was off sick for the rest of the week!) and Feb 11th and Feb 18th. This last week, I skipped, after 10 hours working on Sunday I didn’t want to be tired all week (with training making another late night). In the end, I still had a late night… I could possibly go to the alternate training tonight, but I’m already finding things I’d rather be doing :s
– 2 films a month – 100% achieved
Saw The Impossible technically in January but in the week that I’m counting as Feb for whatever reason. This is an inexact science! For Valentine’s day, I saw Silver Linings Playbook – very unsure why it’s been so successful!
– 2 books a month – 100% achieved
Started the month with Leon and Louise , by A. Capus. Finished it soon after due to being bed bound with a cold. Next moved to the gift from a neighbour I think called The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami. I shall write reviews if anyone is interested.
– Certification – 100% achieved
Well, there’s much uncertainty but nonetheless, we had a meeting here, and a few days later I worked on another career ‘episode’ report. I think I’ve done 5 now of the 16 (mind you, they’ll need ‘polishing’). So I just need to keep chipping away at this, and hopefully I’ll get more done. Reporting it here is certainly helping me.
To make this goal measurable I’m now going to set myself the task of two episodes a month. With that in mind, I should be done around July! Yay – seems so easy now.