Introducing: #supporttranslatedbooks Goodreads Reading Group

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The BeeYesterday I introduced you to Ann Morgan’s new project “Postcards from my Bookshelf” which inspired me to re-activate my Goodreads Group “#supporttranslatedbooks”.

I think in today’s world where so many believe in putting up walls and keeping the world out of our countries it is more important than ever to look over our soup plates rim 😉 (I translated this German saying literally which means “to be aware of the things going on around you and not only in your little world”) and finding out about how people in other countries live, what they hope for and most of all what their authors write. Books are such a great way to travel, meet people out there and broaden our horizon.

Three years ago I took part in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Readers Day where I first stumbled over Ann’s blog and it inspired me to create the reading group on Goodreads. I used to take part in a reading group in Norwich which read translated fiction but as my mental health went so bad in those years I had to stop a lot of things which are important to me. The group in Norwich doesn’t take place anymore but #supporttranslatedbooks gives us the chance to keep it going and to have members from all over the world.

In 2017 I am determined to bring it back and I also added a feature: Every two months I will offer 10 books for polling so that the group members can choose what they want to read.

The first ten books are chosen and I will offer my readers the chance to vote too. Of course, it would be great if you join the group and join us in reading the world but it is an option, not a must :-).

You can find the poll at the end of this post but also at the right side of main page of “Just Fooling Around with Bee and The Bee Writes…”.

But that is not the only reason why I introduce you to #supporttranslatedbooks. The other is that I am looking for translated books that are worth reading especially from African, Asian and South American countries. However, I would like to know about any translated book that you think is worth reading to enrich #supportranslatedbooks.

I am looking forward to hearing from you :-).

And here is the poll:

Teaser Tuesday ~ 29Mar16 ~ Wallander

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Two weeks ago on Wednesday, I used a quote from one of my favourite Swedish authors over at “The Bee Writes…”

I am speaking of Henning Mankell, who sadly passed away a few months ago. In the 90’s I stumbled over his Wallander series in the libraries I went to in Germany. And I devoured the whole series. I never got any of the books, though. So when my husband asked me last year what I wanted for my birthday I said: “Give me books!” and I made him a 10-page long list of all the books that I would like to have.

That’s the seed of my library that I always dreamed of. I might have to put in a shed in the garden but never mind. It’s books!!!!!

The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world got me two of the Wallander books for my birthday, and I will share a teaser with you today:

He has forgotten something; he knows that for sure when he wakes up. Something he dreamt during the night.”

“Faceless Killers” by Henning Mankell, Vintage, paperback, p1

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Teaser Tuesday

 

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Please, visit my posts on my other writing pads: A Spirit of Healing and The Bee Writes…

Teaser Tuesday ~ 19Jan16 ~ Walking in this World

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Hello out there,

I’ll be a little short handed today as life is taking it’s toll, and I soon have to leave for some appointments. Today’s book is last week’s, and I have to admit I haven’t been reading much of it lately. But I am determined to get on with it, and that is one of my goals for this week.

However, some won’t know Julia Cameron nor her “The Artist’s Way”. The book I am reading is the second in the series and on Amazon it says this about it:

Walking in this World presents the next step in Julia Cameron’s course of discovering and recovering the creative self. The Artist’s Way, a classic cherished by aspiring and working artists who have experienced its benefits, is a groundbreaking book that offered an original and astoundingly effective 12-week course in recovering inherent creativity by minimising life’s ‘blocks’ – self sabotage, jealously, guilt, lack of confidence and other inhibiting forces. Walking in this World shows readers how to inhabit this world with a sense of renewed creativity. Full of valuable new strategies and techniques for breaking through difficult creative ground, this is the ‘intermediate-level’ of the Artist’s Way programme.

A profoundly inspired work by the leading authority on the subject of creativity, Walking in this World is destined to become a true classic.

It is worth having a look at it and my teaser for this week is:

Depression is emotional quicksand. Once we get stuck, it’s hard to pull free.

Walking in this world, Julia Cameron, Kindle Edition, Location 1694

 

Teaser Tuesday

photo credit: Jenn at A Daily Rhythm

This is what Jenn over at “A Daily Rhythm” says about Teaser Tuesday:

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!