Terrible Things Happen in Bookshops

The link below is to an article that takes a look at some gross things found in bookshops (and yes, some are truly disgusting).

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Article: Considerations Before Self-Publishing Your Book

The link below is to an article that points out a number of important things to consider before self-publishing a book.

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Article: Awesome Things About Books

The link below is to an article reporting on five awesome things about books. It’s really an opinion piece about books.

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Currently Reading: Progress Update – 22nd April 2011

What am I currently reading? Generally I have quite a few books and things under way, including the following:

    History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent – Volume 1, by George Bancroft. It’s very early days with this one and I am still in chapter 1. However, it is also a book I’m seeking to add to my Scribd collection and my History website, so it will be a slow read.

    Life of George Washington – Volume 2, by Washington Irving. I’m getting very close to the end of this volume and will soon begin volume 3. It’s a great read and a good tratement of this periof of US history.

    The Sermons of the Right Reverend Father in God, and Constant Martyr of Jesus Christ, Hugh Latimer, Some Time Bishop of Worcester – Volume 2. I haven’t read any new material from this book for a while, but that will change soon. I have been getting the book ready for Scribd and the particularbaptist.com site. I am now up to where I have read, so will be moving along again soon.

    History of the English Baptists, from the Reformation to the Beginning of the Reign of king George I – Volume 1, by Thomas Crosby. I am getting close to the end of the this first volume and will be placing it in my Scribd collection and on the particularbaptist.com site.

    Memoirs of the Life, Times, and Writings of Thomas Boston, of Ettrick. I am currently in chapter 7 of this work, reading it and putting it in my Scribd collection and on the particularbaptist.com site.

    Bible and Bible Study. I am following the Robert Murray McCheyne Bible reading Calendar, as well as studying the Book of Genesis in more detail, with various works on Genesis as well.

    The Joy of Reading, by Charles Van Doren. This book is a treatment of various important works over the centuries and I guess it’s an introduction to reading important books. I’m slowly working my way through this from time to time – a good introduction to the books and works treated.

So that’s about it for the time being. Another update in a week or so.


Changing the World: November 26 – Buy Nothing Day

Today’s suggestion is about supporting the ‘Buy Nothing Day’ initiative.  Buy Nothing Day is usually held at the end of November. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of our world’s dwindling resources and our preoccupation with unnecessary things.

I like the sound of this day and will try and support it, as well as being more aware of what I buy and why.


A response to reading ‘365 Ways to Change the World,’ by Michael Norton

Changing the World: November 23 – Stickers to Save Water and Power

The suggestion for today was to try and save water and electricity by remembering to turn off the light switch, a power point, a tap, etc. Because we forget these things the book suggests making stickers to place next to a light switch for example.

This is a somewhat simple solution to a possibly costly memory issue, in that forgetting to flick a switch/turn off a tap costs money by way of the bill, as well as costing more in terms of environmental costs.

I have found myself being far more efficient in these areas in the last little while and hardly ever forget to turn off a light when not needed, turn off a tap when brushing teeth, etc. It did however take a lot of self-discipline and I can see how stickers/post-it’s, etc, can be handy for some people.

A response to reading ‘365 Ways to Change the World,’ by Michael Norton