(Note: I have written this blog post a couple years ago, sometime before the pandemic (isn’t it funny that now we define time by referencing the pandemic) and left it on drafts, and totally forgotten about it. Very recently, I was going over the draft posts and saw this article. I think everybody has to deal with difficult people in different parts of their lives, and maybe this post might help some of you.)
As a person who always loved reading novels, I have recently (last five years, I would say) started to enjoy reading non-fiction books, especially self-improvement books. However, after reading one good personal growth book that makes you learn about yourself and helps you feel good, you want to read more books that can do the same. It can easily become a habit. More importantly, when you reread the book that made you a better version of yourself a couple of years later, you realize that you already forgot most of it and you start to make the same mistakes again. Therefore, I try to spend some time reading good books on how to feel better, how to appreciate things and so on.
Imagine that you can only use 500 words in your daily life. These words are enough to express the basic needs and serve the simple talks. Or are they? You cannot use the word pineapple because it is forbidden; so use fruit instead! Oh and you cannot use the big words like freedom. Is it possible to be free without having a right to use the word freedom? Are the words just a bunch of letters that come together for a meaning? Can a word be powerful enough to hold the actual driving force to express the feelings, aims or even actions?
Think about the words you use a lot during the day. How would you feel that those words were forbidden? What would you do or talk if there were guardians around that listened to you and controlled what was being talked?
A distopian world that limits communication is curious enough to make you think about the words and language. Between the seriousness of adulthood and the creativity of childhood,
Here I am, with a brief review of my second book of the year, Emma. If you have been following us you know that we are doing a 20 books for 2020 challenge. Although it has been a slow start we are continuing reading and sharing.
After I read a book, I start to research about it to see what other people think. I was surprised to see that –
We are inviting you to join our 2020 goal of reading more books!
Every year, people look back on the previous year and think about the things they have done, people they met, what they have accomplished and so on. We also think about new resolution for the new year. Oyku and I also did that many times and we have blog posts about it for the years 2016 and 2017. For the last two years, we have become more abstract with our new year wishes, like being happy, taking time to relax and have fun, spending time for things we love. These are precious goals, but they are not tangible or quantifiable.
This year, for the wonderful year 2020, –
Let’s be honest. We don’t remember all the books we read. We forget some key characters and even the plot line, while we can remember a small random detail that may not have a major role in the story. Or sometimes we remember just one quote and a few characters that somehow influence us.
Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan is one of the plays that left a nice little quote to me:
Yeni bir video için yeni bir konu ararken yılbaşı temalı bir video olsun dedik.
Hazırlık aşamasında ilk yaptığımız şey tabii ki ışıklandırma almak oldu. Zaten en sevdiğimiz dekoratif eşyalardan biridir bu küçük ışıklar. Üniversitedeyken de yurttaki çoğu odanın duvarlarını süslerlerdi, zaman yılbaşı olmasa da. Bizim de vardı ve bazen gece karanlığında ışıkları seyrederdik. Çok keyifli oluyor, tevsiye ederiz.
Yılbaşı ağacı alıp bunu süslemek de oldukça eğlencelidir ama bu yıl başka bir şey yapalım istedik. Zaten çok yer değiştirme sonucu süs, ağaç gibi şeyler her an halihazırda bulunmuyor bizde. Bu durumda bize düşen ayak uydurmak ve kendi süsümüzü yapmak!
Kitaplardan yılbaşı ağacı yapma fikri de buradan çıktı, evde en kolay (ve en çok!) bulunan şey kitap olduğu için aslında bizim için harika bir seneçekti, birçok kişi için de böyledir tahminimiz.
İhtiyacınız olan malzemeler:
- Bolca çokça fazlaca kitap!
- Yılbaşı ışıkları (işin sihri)
- Varsa kozalak, ya da yılbaşı ağacının üstüne yerleştirilen yıldız süsü gibi süsler de güzel olur.
Aslında çok olay gibi gözükebilir ama düzgün ve güzel görünümlü bir ağaç tasarlamak istiyorsanız, ve bunu ilk defa yapıyorsanız, biraz uğraştırabilir. Piramit gibi üst üste kitap koymakla bitmiyormuş iş, denge sağlamak gerekiyormuş.
Bir püf noktası da kitapların sırtını dışarıya dönük şekilde koymak. Ağır ve boyca büyük kitapları en alta temel sağlaması olarak yerleştirmek ve küçük kitapları sona saklamak akıllıca olacaktır. Tabii ki istediğiniz ağaç büyüdükçe kullandığınız kitap sayısı da artacaktır!
En sonunda ışıkları sarıp, en üste süsünüzü yerleştirip, bir de karanlıkta ışıklı süsünüzü yakınca tadaaa! İşte işin en zevkli yanı o!
Videomuzu izlemek istiyorsanız aşağıya bırakıyoruz.
Check out our latest video on Youtube! We talked about how we met the famous author Khaled Hosseini. We were at Skidmore College doing our Citizenship Project for our Honors Forum Minor. In Saratoga Springs we led a book discussion at a nursing home and it was a wonderful experience!
We have the Turkish version of this video too. You can find it in our Youtube Channel!
For the last couple of years, whenever I gazed over the shelves of the bookcase, this book attracted my attention. Finally I had a chance to read it: True Stories by Maxim Gorky.
Some books are fun and easy to read, while some give a different kind of literary satisfaction. Gorky’s stories are not difficult to read, but they also have that sweet taste of literature. It has been a long time since I read such a literary work and it felt good.
I just finished the book and I wanted to write a post about it. Characters are described quite well, I felt like I already know these people who lived more than a century ago. Some of the stories tell folk stories, some have epic sounds, but all have realistic approach to character descriptions, and they all tell the search for freedom. Many parts have long philosophical parts about freedom, meaning of life, and change in life styles as people move towards cities.
In this image, two grass-heads accompany the book, True Stories by Maxim Gorky.
One of the parts that loved about this book is the beautiful imagery! Many of the stories have impressive descriptions of sea, wind and the appearance of the characters. Continue reading
Lisedeyken okuduğumuz Sabahattin Ali’nin kitabı Kürk Mantolu Madonna hakkında bu kadar haber çıkarken biz de bu kitabı yeniden hatırladık.
Sabahattin Ali kitabı için şunları söylemiş zamanında:
“Dünyanın en basit, en zavallı, hatta en ahmak adamı bile, Continue reading
I love making lists. Simply writing everything down, categorized by the title, is always helpful and satisfying. Packing List, Things To Do List, Shopping List… Organization is only one of the reasons I keep lists of things. The other reason is to see and remember. Therefore, I have a list I keep every year: “The Books I Read in the Summer of 2015 (the current year)”.
It has been at least 10 years since I first started. I write the name of the book, the writer and the number of pages. Then I compare the list to last year’s to see how the page numbers or the number of the books changed. I know that the quality of the books is more important than the number of pages or the quantity of the books; but let’s be honest, Continue reading