Good evening, fellow Bookworms!
* sings * And they covered up the sun until the birds had flown away, and the fishes in the sea had gone to sleep…
Oops! Just a bit of Erasure there! Today is 30 years since the album Chorus was released – I remember buying that on this day in 1991 and it came in a box rather than the usual CD case. Erasure are second only to the Pet Shop Boys as far as I’m concerned, they’ve been my two favourite duos since way back in 1987 when I was 14, so I thought I’d celebrate this particular anniversary.
We need Erasure Funko Pops! I have Neil and Chris as Funkos, but I also think they should do Andy and Vince!
Anyway, never mind my requests for Funkos of synth duos, on with the rest of the blog…
Regular followers will know that I’ve got a lot of books finished of late, so quite a few of the Ongoing Concerns are no longer OCs but fully-read books. This includes some that had been partially-read for a while before I polished them off, including Bit of a Blur, by Alex James, and My Side, by David Beckham.
So, in the past day or two, I’ve been focusing on three OCs which were lower down on the percentage read front, and have started another and got that to just over the 10% read stage.
Although not featured in the above photo, I have now started Robbo, by Bryan Robson, and that is 11% read at present. I can see it moving on quite quickly, though, particularly as the next chapter I’m about to read is when he moves from West Bromwich Albion to Manchester United in October 1981. The 40th anniversary of his transfer to United was the other day. It was ten years before I started going to matches, but Robbo was still at Old Trafford for a few more seasons when I did start going in the early 90s.
Of the other Ongoing Concerns which are the current object of my focus, two are hardbacks and one is an ebook on my Kindle. Diary of a Somebody, by Brian Bilston, is first up as that one is now 34% read. Yep, just over a third of the way through it. It’s very funny, and it’s like a fictional diary but with lots of his poems in it! If you know his poetry from social media, you’ll have some idea, especially if I say that the semi-autobiographical version of Brian in the book is kinda like Adrian Mole in the later books by the late great Sue Townsend where Adrian is an adult.
Next up is Our Man in Hibernia, by Charlie Connelly, and that is now 33% read as Charlie is trying to trace his Irish ancestry and moving over there to discover the proper Ireland rather than the portrayals of Ireland and Irishness in popular culture. As ever, am really enjoying this book, so I think he will need to write some more soon, as I’ve got a suspicion that there’s only another couple left to go once I have finished this particular helping of non-fiction from Mr Connelly!
So, that’s two books at the third-read stage, and we have a book at the quarter-read stage, so not too far behind, and that one is Recipe for Life, by Mary Berry. Yes, it does have recipes in it, before anyone asks, so it’s an autobiography and cookbook, lol!
We are nearly halfway through October, and have finished seven books already this month! Yeah, I know, one of them was Funnybones, but so what?! I am a responsible auntie, so I was checking what I had bought for my little nephew. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it, ha ha!
The other six books were more grown-up reading anyway, so you can’t say I’m just getting my total up by reading kids’ books. I don’t really care how many I read. I read more than some people but fewer than others. I see no need to rush through books these days. It’s not like 30 years ago when I was 18 and a fresher at uni with three years ahead of me of having to skim-read lots of books in time for various lectures!
What did that result in by the time I wore my cap and gown in 1994? Loads of books the plot of which I can’t even bloody remember, lol! I see various books on the internet now, particularly on List Challenges, and mentioned in book groups on Facebook, and the titles and authors seem familiar, so I think “I’m sure I read that at university, but I can’t remember a single damn thing about it!”
Thus I take my time over books and give myself a chance to remember more about them.
Going to start on Is This the Real Life? by Mark Blake shortly, try to get that one to the 10% read stage at least, and obviously catch up with The Wrong Kind of Snow. I know I mentioned 1987 earlier in this blog, as that was the year the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure became established as my favourite duos, but it was also the year of the gales in the south of England, which were actually a hurricane-strength wind, and did serious damage to that part of the country in mid October.
Charlie Connelly actually mentions it in one of his books, either Bring Me Sunshine or The Channel, and says that he was 17 at the time and he slept through it during the night and woke up to find the kettle wasn’t working because power lines had been brought down and they had no electricity!
Living up north, we were more fortunate, and weren’t affected, but we had been down south the weekend before the storms for one of our Ellie’s trampoline competitions, which was being held in Windsor, and when we were travelling down in the car, the further south we went, the more shite the weather became, to use that well-known technical term, lol! So, it was already pretty grim weather even before the “hurricane”.
Technically, Michael Fish, the BBC weatherman who famously said it wasn’t a hurricane, was correct because the temperature has to be warm for it to be an actual hurricane – this is why those tend to occur in the Caribbean and also affect Mexico and the southern states of the USA, but the winds that lashed the south of England 34 years ago in October 1987 were confirmed as being of hurricane strength.
I think that is probably it for now, I don’t think there is any more news to bring you, or even any more random waffle, lol, so until the next time, take care and Happy Reading!
Joanne x x x
Books mentioned in this blog entry…
- Robbo – Bryan Robson
- Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
- The Adrian Mole books – Sue Townsend
- Our Man in Hibernia – Charlie Connelly
- Recipe for Life – Mary Berry
- Funnybones – Janet & Allan Ahlberg
- Is This the Real Life? – Mark Blake
- The Wrong Kind of Snow – Antony Woodward & Robert Penn
- Bring Me Sunshine – Charlie Connelly
- The Channel – Charlie Connelly