Books

A. Posa

Books

Bookworm, book hoarder or passionate about reading?

Bookworm, book hoarder or passionate about reading?

To be or not to be a bookworm, book hoarder or just a passionate book lover?  I can confess that     I´m a truly a passionate book lover. I don´t have too many books, I just don´t have enough bookshelves and space for the bookshelves. Many of my friends are asking me if I´m planning to have my own personal library and to all of them the answer is: Yes!     Reading books is a passion my mother has passed to me and she had a lot of books (nearly over 4000 books). Her bedroom was like a library, there were books everywhere (even under the bed). 

I know that I have lots of books and my wish list is very very long. The good side of the coins is that is always easy to make me a gift (just be sure to give me the right book). It´s a magical feeling when your book box arrives, you open it up and the smell of new books. Don´t you think?

History of Books - Good to know - Small Facts

History of Books - Good to know - Small Facts

Reading so many books as I do, it came to my mind the question; When was the first book made? I have done a small research about this, just of the fun of knowing a small part of it. 

It all starts with the development of writing and later on the development of paper and printing. The independent writing system arose in Egypt in 3100 BC and the first printing of books started in China around 600 AD (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_books) and the printing was all made by hand. Thanks to this marvelous invention, people started to share their news, spread their message and many started to publish their poetry and plays and so on. 

Still today the most read book is the Bible (3900 millions of copies)  and on second place is Works of Mao Tse Tung (820 millions of copies) and on third place is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (400 millions of copies). (source: statista.com)

How to win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

How to win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was a pioneer of the development of personal business skills, self-confidence, and motivational techniques. Born 1922 Maryville, Missouri and died 1955 at the age of 66 in Forest Hills, New York. 

This is the second time I read “How to win friends and influence people” and as the first time, it has a lot to give and learn. The book was first published in 1937 and after so many years is still up-to-date. 

I have read hundreds of books regarding self-motivation, self-improvement and so on, but frankly, this is the only one, I come back to and read all over again. Still, the book has a lot to share. 

One of my favorites quotes from the book is: ” Instead of condemning people, let´s try to understand them. 

Let´s try to figure out why they do what they do. That´s a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance, and kindness.” (p.18)

Dale Carnegie talks about the deepest urge in human nature is ´the desire to be important´, to feel important and what the other person wants. What do you want? He writes about the importance to be sincere in our compliments to others and let go of criticizing others, to create a wealthy relationship within and around you. 

As I wrote before, Dale Carnegie book is still highly up-to-date, we can all need good advice and learn to see things in a different angle. Because when we learn the skills, we get better as a person. And when we become better at being us and be kinder, our world around us improves and gives us a good Karma. Isn´t that what we all want? 🙂

The Enigma - Marianne Fredriksson

The Enigma - Marianne Fredriksson

I ended up reading “The Enigma” by my favorite author Marianne Fredriksson, this morning.

The book is about Lillemor Lundgren when she one morning walks in the forest and to her big fear finds the course of a murdered woman under a tree. The dead woman looks Like Lillemor herself, an exact copy of her as a young woman.  This is how the story begins. But it also talks about two different cultures and friendship between Lillemor and Sara from Greece. How the different cultures separate them and then still unites them in another way. The spirality, to be a woman in different cultures and how life was in “the old days” but still lives on today.

This story captures you in a manner that you can’t stop reading! Well, as usual when a good book captures me, I read until my eyes hurt at night. I wake up early the day after, the first thing I do is to grab some coffee and begin reading where I left the night before. I just love the feeling when a book captures me in that way, that you just don’t want it to end. And when the book comes to the end and it´s over, a feeling of emptiness captures me. The story lives inside me for a while and I repeat it within me to understand more about the characters and their story.

Marianne Fredriksson is a Swedish author, born 1927 and died in 2007. She published fifteen novels and most of them are biblical novels. A central theme in her writings is friendship because, as she maintained, “friendship will be more important than love” in the future. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Fredriksson)

I have read almost every novel that she has written and every time her stories capture me, but not like this one, “The Enigma”. Next on my list is The Flood (Syndafloden). I don’t know if this is translated into English. The story is about Noah and his family. How Noah built the ark, his family and the voyage they have in front of them.