Part 13 – THURSDAY WAS BOOK GROUP DAY

I can’t believe I started writing this post last June!!! Consequently it’s extremely out of date and basically needs to be rewritten. I even had to alter the title. Both the book groups I belong to used to meet on Wednesdays, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening. The day group now meets on Thursday afternoon once a month. Last week we discussed A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, who also wrote The Kite Runner. Set in Afghanistan over the past forty years it is a novel focusing on the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila, and their struggle for survial during the most horrendous of times. I would highly recommend this one.

We finally have our own library in the town where I live. After sitting there almost ready for quite some time it opened on the first Saturday last May. I have to say I don’t really like the external look but the inside is really lovely. Very light and airy. Having our own library also gives our book groups a place to meet.

Happy reading!

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Part 12 – IT’S CONFESSION TIME OR BLOGAHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Time to ‘fess up. I have an obsession. I just can’t help it. Nearly every time I go to a blog and it looks interesting I have to sign up, just in case I’m missing out on something that everyone else in the world knows about and they haven’t told me. There are a few that I read regularly but quite a lot of  emails pop into my inbox every day and sit there until there are so many they get deleted en masse. In my search for sites to help my business or keep my motivation levels up I have allowed myself to be swamped. I Google, I jump from page to page, from link to link.  But how does one select the best? That’s the twenty million dollar question. If anyone out there has the answer please let me know! That is all.

Until next time.

Part 11 – SOMETHING SANTA BROUGHT

Back again and less than 24 hours since my last post.  This must be a record. Anyway, I forgot to add the book I received for Christmas to my list of recently read books.

Rare: A Life Among Antiquarian Books, by Stuart Kells, details the lives of Kay and Muriel Craddock. It tells how they have become among the most successful and well respected antiquarian booksellers, not only in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where their shop is located, but throughout the world. As Geoffrey Blainey wrote in the foreward “Rare chronicles the social history of the book trade in the second half of the twentieth century – when antiquarian bookselling emerged as a recognisable profession. ” As well as being a great read, the book was very informative for me.

Part 9 – THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER

It’s December 1 and the first day of Summer in my part of the world, though you wouldn’t think it to look outside. The skies are grey and rain has been falling off and on. And to make it worse it’s COLD!!!! Anyway not only is it Summer but Christmas is just around the corner too. In trying to avoid the crowds in the shopping centres I’ve been doing lots of online shopping for gifts. Hopefully all these purchases will arrive in time.

There’s been a little voice inside my head for the past few weeks reminding me I have neglected my blog, but I really did get a shock when I came in here and looked to see how long it’s actually been. Three months. Surely not? The blog gremlins must have snuck in and removed some of my posts.

Anyway, while I’ve been absent from here I’ve had a couple of interesting and fun experiences. For the past six years the local tennis club has held an antiques and collectables fair so this year I decided to apply to hold a stall. This was my first time selling books in this way. Up to now all my selling has been online. A friend shared my stand with me and held my hand in a manner of speaking. My friend, who was selling bric a brac as well as books has much more selling experience than myself and was able to encourage me with my attempts. Sales weren’t great, but I made a couple of  possibly useful contacts. The second of my book outings was to the local primary school twilight fair, where I had a stand selling the children’s Barefoot Books that I now stock. An entirely different atmosphere that’s for sure, but I feel I learnt a thing or two for next time

I’ll be back soon to chat about the books I’ve been reading but I want to put this up now. See you in the soup.

Part 8 – YAY THE SUN’S OUT!

Well it was when I thought about starting this.  Anyway last week was slightly chaotic around here. To look at the house you’d think we were moving, and all because I bought a bookcase. Quite a large bookcase. Three metres wide and two metres high in fact. In order to make room for the bookcase #2 son’s room had to be cleared out. Officially he left home several months ago but hadn’t taken all of his things with him. Consequently, boxes of bits and pieces were placed in the hallway, family room and even the main bathroom. Anyway, quite a lot has been taken to son’s house so we’re gradually clearing things out.

While I was sorting through some books I came across my old swapcard albumn from my childhood.

Swapcards were quite the thing when I was at school. Does anyone out there remember collecting them? We girls would have a great pile with an elastic band around them and would try to swap other’s favourites for ones we weren’t all that keen on. Lots of wheeling and dealing went on there. I’m sure I had a lot more but these were extra special ones that I bought. If I remember correctly, horse cards were pretty popular. I love my golden cocker spaniel ones because they remind me of my dog, Sunny. He’s been gone a long time now but he was the loveliest, most gentle dog ever. I remember my boys collecting football cards, cricket cards and to a lesser extent basketball  cards. What are the things that kids collect in this computer age? I’m not really up with it all.

Anyway I’ve waffled on enough for now but hope to blog again soon. Bye for now.

Part 7 – WAR IS SUCH A WASTE

On Thursday 28th July it was nintey-seven years since World War 1 was declared; The Great War, The War to end all wars. There weren’t supposed to be any more after that. What happened? Somewhere in the world there probably has always been some sort of battle going on, and I fear there always will be. There always seems to be some head guy trying to  wrest control from another, be it country, village or even multi-million dollar business. Sadly, in the case of full-scale wars, many lives are sacrified. Thousands and thousands of men and women who travelled far and wide didn’t make it back to their homelands to live fulfilling lives, marry, raise families.

I have two adult sons, and the thought of sending them off to be potentially slaughtered fills me with dread. This is a touchy subject, I know, because even now members of our armed forces are overseas putting their lives at risk, so I will get off my soapbox  and hop back on the fence where I belong.

Several years ago I purchased the book pictured below, published by the British-Australasian Publishing Service in 1917. You may wonder what this has to do with the subject I previously mentioned. Well this book was published to highlight the national effort during The Great War. Entitled ‘The All-Australia Memorial: History Heroes and Helpers, Victorian Edition’, this publication contains numerous biographies, plus many, many photographs, maps, plans and diagrams. Apparently similar editions were published for New South Wales and South Australia. Just how many were printed I don’t know at this stage.

The All Australia Memorial: History, Heroes and Helpers

The All Australia Memorial is such an important part of our history that on one hand I am very reluctant to sell it, but it appears to be quite rare these days, and someone out there might value it even more than myself. Apart from a bit of bumping around the edges of the cover it’s in very good condition, and internally all the pages are intact. I will be listing this on my website shortly.

I’ve had a couple of enquiries about this book recently and it appears I am more attached to it than I thought. At the present time I’ve decided to keep it for my own library.

Part 6 – BACK AGAIN

Hello readers, here I am again with some more tales from this book reader and sometime online book seller. As I mentioned in my last entry, the weather had turned quite chilly and remains the same. I guess it’s to be expected at this time of year. However it doesn’t encourage me to venture out in search of books, that’s for sure. Rob and I did briefly attend an antiques and collectables auction up at Ballarat, but there weren’t many books, and the ones that were there didn’t attract me so I saved my money for another day.

I’ve been having trouble with my laptop recently, and finally it gave up the ghost on Wednesday. It was three years old, so considering the amount of use its had I reckon its stood up pretty well. What fun I’m having with the new one! As you can see it doesn’t take much to amuse me. 🙂

On a non-book related topic, recently I discovered some most exquisite pieces of artwork which are lovingly created by Chelsie Sharp of Echuca. Chelsie’s miniature paper framed keepsakes are so gorgeous I want to order all of them. You can visit Chelsie’s online store, Love Paper Scissors where there are many examples of her work on display. Below is an example of what this talented young lady does.

You will all probably be familiar with the annual MS Readathon, where children are encouraged to obtain sponsors to raise money to assist sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis. Well now there is a version for adults, called The Novel Challenge. I’ve joined a group, named ‘Twitter’ and so far I’m on to my third book. The group is still looking for donations so if this is something that you’d like to contribute to or would like to join in to raise funds, the link is http://register.thenovelchallenge.org.au/The-Novel-Challenge/Twitter

Anyway, time marches on so it’s back to the books for me. Bye for now.