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Around the World in 80 Books: Bosnia Herzegovina

What an awesome reading challenge! I'm loving all the diverse books, and I loved The Tiger's Wife.

Welcome to the next installment in my Around the World in 80 Books Challenge! It’s exactly what it sounds like: I’m trying to read 80 books from 80 different countries/cultures around the world, and to add a frugal spin, I’m trying to do it all for under $20.

Here’s my running tally so far:

$0- Library books: Russia, Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Spain, Nigeria, New Zealand, China, Canada, Jamaica, Austria, Mali, Afghanistan, Persia
$2.75- Late fees on the book for Italy
$0- Free eBooks: Scotland, England, Portugal, Cyprus, Albania, Montenegro, Mongolia
$0- Gift: Turkey, Pakistan, Autism in the USA
$0- Won in a Giveaway: Jerusalem
$0- Reward for participating in Summer Reading Program: Black America
$1.99- eBook: Basque Country, Japan
$0- Paid review on an interesting read: Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid
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Grand Total: $6.73

Today’s read was a library eBook from a few months ago. I thought I’d wait until I had two to present you with like I used to. That didn’t work out. While I have been reading books for work and personal development, I have been reading any that pertain directly to this challenge.

But onward I press, four years after setting the goal with an arbitrary deadline. I’d like to count this book for 2018, so I’m going to review it before the year closes!

Because I borrowed from the library, we’re still at $6.73. After today, I will have logged 32 books.

Bosnia Herzegovina

The Tiger’s Wife

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This is one of those reads that stays with you. Somewhere between historical fiction and folklore, author Tea Obreht takes you on a journey over much of the 20th century in the Balkans. The line between the realistic and the magical waivers as she weaves the story of the main character’s grandfather’s life and death.

With it she reflects on the difficult relationship between tradition and science, the shifting tides that can dramatically change lives and culture when power is exerted in the name of religion, and the underlying culture of fantasy and superstition that was shared by the people of the Balkans–regardless of which god they believed in or which ethnic group they belonged to.

She addresses shifting borders and how they affect the relationships of people who were once neighbors. She addresses the lasting effects of growing up in a country at war. This particular war narrative isn’t as intense as the autobiography from Sierra Leone.

It is more full of allegories and symbolism, much of which I didn’t completely understand the first time through. But that lack of understanding is no big deal. It gives me space to learn. To come back and read again, and appreciate the work in new ways.

I highly, highly recommend this one. Despite the fact that the pages were full of self-aware fantasy which occasionally jumped back into reality, I found myself questioning whether this was an autobiography throughout the read.

It was not. The Tiger’s Wife was just a beautifully told story that I’d suggest be read far and wide.

 

 

 

Have a recommendation for what I should read next? Leave it in the comments! Here’s what’s already in my queue:
Philippines: May Day Eve and Other Stories by Nick Joaquin recommended by Guiltless Reader
Iceland: Scarcity in Excess by Arna Mathiesen & Thomas Forget
Sudan: The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih recommended by Kate Wilson
Ethiopia: The God Who Begat a Jakal by Nega Mezlekia recommended by Based On a True Story
French Antilles: Victoire: My Mother’s Mother by Maryse Conde recommended by Based on A True Story
Suriname: The Free Negress Elisabeth by Cynthia McLeod recommended by Based On A True Story
Germany: In the Garden of Beasts or Devil in the White City by Erik Larson recommended by Emi from AIP Around the World
Haiti: All Souls Rising by Madison Smartt Bell recommended by Tre from House of Tre
South Africa: Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton recommended by Emily from The John & Jane Doe Guide to Money & Investing
Australia: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson recommended by Aaron from When Life Gives You Lemons, Add Vodka
Romania: Anything by Andre Codrescu recommended by Abigail from I Pick Up Pennies
Croatia: Girl at War by Sara Novi recommened by Erin from TexErin-In-Sydneyland
India: Malguid Days by R.K. Narayan recommended by Michael from Stretch a Dime
Vietnam: The Refugees by Viet Than Nyugen recommended by Nicole from Adventures of a Semper Fi Family

Why Seniors Are Starting to Prefer Retirement Villages and Communities

Today’s post, contributed by an outside writer, is brought to you by Lendlease.

Retirement communities are way hipper than we give them credit for. Showing to my mom.

Our popular culture has somehow managed to paint retirement villages or communities as undesirable places for only downtrodden seniors. This wrong impression, unfortunately, deters some people from exploring the benefits and opportunities of optimal living that can be attained at a certain stage of life.

If you’re considering to move to retirement villages on the central coast NSW, or anywhere for that matter, but are still unsure if you should pursue the option, then read on. We’ll explore the benefits and opportunities it offers.

No more stressful driving

Driving can become stressful as we age–as our driving abilities decline. Because of this, most residents choose to utilize the free transportation that’s offered by retirement communities. The time for relying on a car is over. If you still want to drive, parking is available for residents.

Tastier food

There are a lot of seniors that are used to living alone and aren’t eating right anymore. In retirement communities, residents don’t need to worry about meal preparation or groceries. As an alternative, they get to obtain a fine dining experience every day. The food is often better, alternative meals are typically offered and special diet needs are accommodated. Most new residents who had been eating poorly before moving in experience improvements in their health and well-being just from the new diet.

Feel normal again

Sometimes, living alone doesn’t allow us to participate in activities and games that we used to enjoy, which were both fun and helped keep our minds sharp. Senior communities offer different prospects to keep seniors happy and engaged. This typically include games like bridge, chess, engaging reading and fascinating lectures and classes on every imaginable topic.

Safety

Residents can rest easy because the entire community is secure. Additionally, residents relish the peace of mind from fast emergency response systems that can be found apartments, or even on the resident’s person as a pendant.

This system reduces fears about being trapped or falling–scenarios that are all too common for seniors residing alone, although there are seniors who are living alone and are just doing fine.

Stronger family relationships

Older folks commonly become reliant on their grown children, or sometimes other close family members, for aid of all kinds. Unusual role reversals can pressure relationships and foster harmful feelings of bitterness, both by parents and their children.

Younger family members become free from the role of being full-time caregivers and are able to guarantee that time with their older loved one is high-quality and significant. Older residents are often glad to go back to the role of a family matriarch or patriarch and usually happy that their grown children no longer have to “become the parent of the parent.”

New friends–and family

Many older adults who live alone can become isolated, which is harmful at any age. At retirement communities, there are normally activities that allow you to make friends and share a meal with one another. Conversely, those who are more withdrawn appreciate that their privacy is valued, but are still pleased to have folks around.

Of course, senior communities aren’t for everyone. However, it’s without a doubt that there are many seniors living alone in unsafe or unhealthy situations who would gain tremendous benefits from a retirement community. Check out the Lendlease Communities if you’re looking for retirement villages on the central coast NSW. The famed community offers scenic surrounds, first-class amenities and a friendly community that will ensure seniors a love coming home.

Financially Savvy Saturdays: 187th Edition

Welcome to Financially Savvy Saturdays, the best place to find awesome money related stories and opinions on the web! It’s created specifically for personal finance bloggers! We welcome all things money here. Whether you’ve written anything from best advice on how to sell your home to debt busting fails, you’re invited to link-up.

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Super excited to be hosting this week! This hop was started in a effort to build community in the personal finance space, and I’m so glad for the new friends and great bloggers I’ve met through it.

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Feature of the Week

As this week’s visiting co-host, Femme has selected her favorite post from last week’s blog hop to be this week’s feature. Femme chose 6 Ways to Get Free Books by Jax at Project: Beach Life.

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Financially Savvy Saturdays 181st Edition

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Feature of the Week

As this week’s visiting co-host, I got to select my favorite post from last week’s blog hop to be this week’s feature. I chose Cable Without the Cable Price Tag: Our Sling Review by Emily at The John & Jane Doe Guide to Money & Investing! If you’re looking to cut cable while keeping sports programming, Sling TV appears to be the holy grail.

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Effects of the DAPL Decision

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been a very hotly discussed topic that has been debated in and out of the national news for over a year. Now that discussions are getting down to the finer details, the public who this will affect are trying to understand the consequences. This is also going to have a knock on effect on markets. Whether traders are trading online with a company like CMC markets, or through a broker, this is likely to reshape the landscape of the American oil industry.

What is the DAPL?

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a proposed oil pipeline that will travel through the United States. The route that is being looked at by the various companies involved in the pipeline would go from the Bakkan oil fields in North Dakota (this is also why it is sometimes known as the Bakkan pipeline) to Patoka, Illinois. Although it has already been started, there is still a lot of controversy around the project being finished.

How will the DAPL effect the environment?

Amid concerns over the water supply surrounding the pipeline, there has recently been a detected leak from the DAPL which has not helped matters for those who are trying to get it finished. The leak was not far from Standing Rock, which is where protectors have been demonstrating against the further development of the pipeline.

Water protectors have also raised concerns over the natural habitat of wildlife being ruined when developers install the rest of the pipeline. Having a leak so soon after the demonstrations has not fared well in the media.

How will it affect the people?

Already lands sacred to the protectors have been destroyed.  On December 4th, the US Army corps determined that the pipeline must be rerouted. Protectors insist development needs to be stopped permanently for the sake of the environment as a whole.

Before the December 4th decision, people felt they had been ‘bullied’ into having the pipeline through their land, because too much change to fully-developed communities near Bismarck would have cost more than the DAPL has to invest.

How will it affect the markets?

Needless to say with all of the speculation, the commodities market has been fun and games with regards to oil recently. Cities such as Seattle have now held back on their investments to wait and see how the situation plays out. But for every one lost shareholder, there is someone to step up. The pipeline, for the oil industry, represents big business for anyone involved, and if it is completed will cut costs for companies that will use it to transport oil.

Wells Fargo, the funder for the project, has also had their share of controversy stemming from involvement in the project, which hasn’t helped the stability of the oil market.

Will it go ahead?

Barack Obama dragged his feet on the issue, but finally did send in the Army Corps of Engineers to make the decision that the pipeline must be rerouted in early December.

However, now that Donald Trump wants to ‘make America great again’ it is highly unlikely that the pipeline will be stopped completely. He campaigned heavily on old forms of energy. Couple that with the fact that he has assigned Ricky Perry as his energy secretary, and the completion of the pipeline looks to be a sure thing. On top of being the future energy secretary, Ricky also happens to be a main shareholder in the DAPL project.

It is not known yet how Donald Trump intends to safeguard from conflict of interest, or if he does at all. While the previous administration eventually acknowledged the plight of the protectors, it looks as though Trump is very set to run things his way on his terms.

Economically, the project could be good for the burgeoning US oil market, which is often overshadowed by its richer Arabic counterparts. After months of speculation, the only resolution looks to come with the transition of power in the USA.

 

This post is brought to you and contributed by an outside writer. Femme Frugality supports the protectors, and believes that we should invest our money in forms of energy that will not kill the planet.