Good evening, fellow Bookworms!
Just 11 days to go now! No, I’ve no idea who those people are in the photo, lol, but I just wanted an image of people getting ready for some sort of celebration, and that one fits the bill very well.
Ordered a new charger for my Kindle Paperwhite – have found that sometimes when I plug it in, the light doesn’t come on and it’s not charging, so there may be a dicky connection. Don’t want that once I start going away again, so I thought it best to get a new one.
Talking of my Kindle, I resumed another ebook the other day, a book about books, funnily enough, lol! The book is called Bookworm, A Memoir of Childhood Reading, by Lucy Mangan, and it was 16% read when I resumed it. It is now at the 50% stage so we are exactly halfway through it now. A good chance of it being finished this month.
However, it does face a bit of a challenge to be my 20th finish of 2020, because I have resumed another Ongoing Concern, indeed one of the Object Lessons books that I mentioned frequently last year. The book is Hotel, by Joanna Walsh, and it has been in my handbag for ages, partially finished. This is largely because I felt the writer didn’t like hotels all that much, whereas I love them, and also due to all the philosophy-related waffle. 57% of that book has been read now.
I love hotels, as I have mentioned before. For me, they represent holidays and short breaks, time when I am staying somewhere different, even if that is still within my own country. After all, Mum and I had a short break in the Lake District last year, which you can read about in the September 2019 archives should you wish to!
Of course, we started this year off in Madeira, and also got in a visit to Ireland to see our family at the end of February before things went Pete Tong and everywhere here shut down in March, so you have my January and February 2020 archives, too, which have more mentions of hotels. I even mention the bookshelves at the VidaMar in Funchal!
It’s a pretty common thing for hotels to have bookshelves, and the books are a right mixed bag, not just in genres, but also often in languages! Hotel guests will often leave books they have finished with, and may well take others. As is well-documented on these blogs, one of my holiday souvenirs from my 40th birthday holiday in Mexico in 2013 was my copy of Attention All Shipping, by Charlie Connelly, which I brought home from the El Dorado Seaside Suites on the Mayan Riviera, because I hadn’t quite finished it when we had to head home after a fortnight of luxury and a good percentage of the cocktail menu sampled, lol!
I did finish the book off when I got home, though! One of my favourites, not just because it is a souvenir, but it is a really good book anyway!
Mr Loverman, by Bernardine Evaristo, is now at 10% read, and definitely very enjoyable. I do still read fiction, lol! It will be my 5th fiction read of the year. Departures, by Tony Parsons, was my first fiction of 2020, and my last three finishes have been fiction, but we are returning to the factual matters now, and a book about music…
I am 18% of the way through How Music Works, by John Powell, which I only actually bought at the weekend. Those familiar with my blogs will know I have already read another of his books about music, as Why We Love Music was finished early in 2017, but this book is about the science of music, the physics of how sound is produced by instruments and heard by our ears.
I do know some of it. After all, I can play several musical instruments, and I did take physics for my science when I was doing my GCSEs at Wentworth High School all those years ago in the late 1980s, lol, but I’m considerably more of a musician than I am a scientist! Science was my dad’s department, his responsibility, ha ha! Chemistry was the main one, that was his job, but if there was anything scientific I needed help with, mostly my physics homework, lol, I knew Dad would know the answers!
I saw and shared something the other day which reminded me of doing music at high school. It was on Facebook, and it was a performance of Dido’s lament, “When I Am Laid In Earth” from the Baroque opera, Dido and Anaeas, by Henry Purcell. It will forever remind me of studying the history of music for my GCSEs, and the fact that Mrs Gajda, our music teacher, pointed out that it was a classic example of a ground bass!
A ground bass, as a musical concept, is a tune of about 4 to 8 bars long, in the bass clef, which is repeated throughout the piece of music. This is an idea which has clearly been revived since rock & roll began in the late 20th century, particularly in genres where there is a huge emphasis on melodic and driving basslines. Reggae springs to mind here. Think of “Stir It Up” by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Also think of house and dance music from the late 80s and early 90s. Those tunes were based on melodious basslines which repeated throughout the songs! There is nothing new under the sun, as they say!
OK, so 1980s acid house is a far cry from Dido’s Lament, lol, but take a Baroque idea about how to write a bass part, and just shift it to a major key and a higher tempo, and you have the modern dance music bassline! House music owes a lot to Purcell, more than its creators realise!
Right, anyway, enough about music history for now, ha ha, back to the books! I haven’t forgotten other Ongoing Concerns, but I think I’d like to start August by getting through Bookworm and Hotel, and also making further progress with How Music Works, and Mr Loverman. There’s also The 33, as we are almost at the date ten years ago where the mine caved in and the miners were trapped. I have read 23% of it so far, so nearly a quarter of the way through it.
Ideally, with two books at the halfway stage, or just over halfway, I would like to get at least one of those finished in time for the blog’s 10th birthday bash next Friday, 14th August. Not beyond the realms of possibility! I get to publish THE LIST next Friday! Woo hoo! Yeah, that’s right, the massive one!
Maybe I might have some transfer news on the footy front?! I may well have some footy news anyway, as European football is about to be finished off at last for this season! United are in action on Wednesday at home to Lask Linz of Austria. If you can remember as far back as early March, United won the away leg 5-0, so this is the home game that should originally have been played the following week. We are finally getting around to it in August! Mad old season, eh?!
I think that’s probably about all for now. There may or may not be blogs before next Friday, but I definitely aim to blog on 14th August as it is the 10th anniversary, or birthday. Either will do! This blog was “born” on 14th August 2010. Until my next blog, take care and Happy Reading!
Joanne x x x
Books mentioned in this blog entry…
- Bookworm – Lucy Mangan
- Hotel – Joanna Walsh
- Attention All Shipping – Charlie Connelly
- Mr Loverman – Bernardine Evaristo
- Departures – Tony Parsons
- How Music Works – John Powell
- Why We Love Music – John Powell
- The 33 – Jonathan Franklin