It has been a few weeks since I have managed to do a book snap. To say the last few weeks have been eventful is an understatement. Now that we are more or less confined to home, book snaps are going to require a fair amount of creativity and thinking outside the box. My reading over the last few weeks has also taken a downward spiral – too much else occupying my mind. But perhaps now that we are starting to settle into our new routine and we are not having so many daily announcements I may be able to get my head into a reading frame of mind.
Anyway, this week’s book snap features some of the books I bought at the recent Lifeline Bookfest in Toowoomba. It was the 40th Lifeline Bookfest held in Toowoomba which I think is a major achievement. Not only does it allow booklovers to add to their collection but it raises a lot of money for Lifeline and the very important services they provide to vulnerable people.
This year my book browsing was a little more focused. Since I am studying both European and Australian history I decided to have a look in the history section and found some cool books. After having just covered the Black Plague I couldn’t resist this book about Plague, Pox and Pestilene.
I also found some books about the Renaissance which may come in handy but the most surprising find in the history section was this book about dragons. First of all, I love dragons. I think they’re pretty cool. But my eyes really sparkled when I saw that it was by Graeme Base – a definite keeper! In case you are not familiar with Graeme Base, he is also the author and illustrator of Animalia and The Eleventh Hour – his illustrations are beyond beautiful.
I was also looking for books with an environmental theme that might be suitable for the Gaia Reading challenge and was delighted to find a copy of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
Rarely does a single book alter the course of history, but Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did exactly that. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary change in the laws affecting our air, land and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
I also found a few other environmental books that sound very interesting and might prove useful for an essay about the Australian Green Movement for Australian History. Hopefully by next week I may have started reading a new book which will inspire a book snap.
If you love reading, taking photos and feeling a little confined by your four walls, you are welcome to join in with #BookSnapSunday hosted by Sharon at Gums and Galaxies.
Take Care, Stay Safe and Happy Reading