Good evening, fellow Bookworms!
United are at home to Granada in the Europa League, and have taken an early lead on the night, 1-0 after just six minutes thanks to Edinson Cavani, so we lead 3-0 on aggregate. As well as being a place in Spain, Granada was the name of the ITV region here in the north-west of England, and our regional news was called Granada Reports, so that explains the title! I think the Spanish town had a name for entertainment, which is why it was chosen as our regional channel’s name.
Anyway, big news, as I have finished Our Daily Bread by Predrag Matvejević, and so I have already reached 20 books so far this year and have had to increase my Goodreads Challenge target yet again. I have moved it up to 25 books.
Had a croissant this morning as part of my breakfast, which got me wondering if a croissant was a pastry or a bread, only to find it’s kinda both things! It’s flaky like certain pastries are, but it also has a leavened dough, so that’s clearly a bread thing!
I’ve also made a bit more progress with Recipe for Life, by Mary Berry, so that one is now 12% read and thus has officially become an Ongoing Concern! If they reach the 10% read mark and I feel they are going to be worth continuing, they become an OC. Even Mary gets in on the act on the bread front, mentioning her mum’s bread and butter pudding and providing the recipe for it!
However, I am not done with the ebooks about wheat-based comestibles, lol, and am 13% of the way through Bread: A Global History, by William Rubel, from the Edible series of books about food and drink, and I am 11% of the way through Loaf Story: A Love Letter to Bread, With Recipes, by Tim Hayward.
We’ve had a lot of books about weather and a lot of books about bread, lol! I include the Shipping Forecast books in the weather section, as shipping bulletins are specialist weather reports. The Wrong Kind of Snow, another weather book, is an ongoing thing throughout the year, as some may already know.
Half-time: Manchester United 1 Granada 0
I was looking at what else I had got on my Kindle, and thought I had The Epic of Gilgamesh on there, but it seemed it was just a guide to the epic rather than the book itself, so I have ended up getting the Penguin edition as an ebook which should have the actual epic after the introductory section. It’s an epic in poem form, from Mesopotamia some time around 3000 BC. It has been translated, or perhaps deciphered would be a better word, from Cuneiform writing on clay tablets.
I downloaded a novel called The Gown recently, historical fiction by Jennifer Robson. It’s set in 1947 at Norman Hartwell’s fashion house and is about two ladies who are chosen to work on the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth.
There’s Hungry, by Grace Dent and My Last Supper, by Jay Rayner, on there, so more food-related stuff and more Jay Rayner – I have already read some of his books this year, ones in which he details his less than wonderful dining experiences as a restaurant reviewer. My Dining Hell is especially funny if you’re after a good laugh!
I have seen reading as pleasure since I was very little and first learning to read. I think that does help as it gets you through those times when you might have to read something a bit boring for school, lol! Most of the books I read at school were OK, though, not too many that weren’t my cup of tea, thankfully. Mind you, I would try them again now as an adult to see if I like them as a middle-aged woman more than I did as a teenage girl.
One that didn’t grab me when I was at school was Elidor, by Alan Garner, and another was The Gun, by C. S. Forester. Part of me kinda hopes I will find them in charity shops, and maybe I will now those are open again. It would help a good cause, and also it would mean the books are reasonably cheap, as I don’t really want to risk forking out too much for something if I’m going to end up thinking it’s still as dull as I thought it was in the mid to late 1980s when I was at high school, ha ha!
Ooh, we’ve got One for the Books, here by Joe Queenan, which is actually an Ongoing Concern, as it’s at the 10% read stage. A book about books, but I am not doing a list of all the books he mentions in it – I did that for Dear Reader, by Cathy Rentzenbrink, at the start of this year and it took time to go through the book again to list all the books she had mentioned!
Who knows where the reading adventure will take us? I think I blogged, earlier in the year, about some travel-related books, travel within the UK, which I thought I might move on to after the weather and Shipping Forecast stuff, but as things have turned out, I have ended up reading books about bread! Not that I won’t get on to the travel books, but there could be another very random change of direction after the bread books when it comes to subject matter!
If United could get another goal, that would be great. I know we are 1-0 up tonight and 3-0 up overall, but another goal for the Reds this evening would make things more comfortable.
I know I have mentioned some books where I have been partway through for some time, including My Side, by David Beckham, and The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø, but there is also Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières, which I have had for absolutely ages, since the mid 1990s when it came out, and I have read a large chunk of it, but need to resume it! 47% read, so very nearly halfway, but as I’ve not read it since 1995, should I try to recap where I’m up to before resuming it?
The book was published in 1994, the year I turned 21 and graduated from university, but my edition is from the following year.
We have a second goal, an own goal by someone called Vallejo, in stoppage time and that is it – the final whistle has blown. Manchester United 2 Granada 0. United win 4-0 on aggregate and are through to the Europa League semi-finals where we will play AS Roma.
I think that is probably about all for now, except to say that I will have my first jab on Sunday lunchtime! Second one will be due in early July. On Tuesday they started accepting those of us aged 45 or over, so eventually managed to get booked after the website crashed a few times, lol! All us forty-somethings wanting to get jabbed! Anyway, until next time, take care and Happy Reading!
Joanne x x x
Books mentioned in this blog entry…
- Our Daily Bread – Predrag Matvejević
- Recipe for Life – Mary Berry
- Bread: A Global History – William Rubel
- Loaf Story – Tim Hayward
- The Wrong Kind of Snow – Antony Woodward & Robert Penn
- The Epic of Gilgamesh – Unknown
- The Gown – Jennifer Robson
- Hungry – Grace Dent
- My Last Supper – Jay Rayner
- My Dining Hell – Jay Rayner
- Elidor – Alan Garner
- The Gun – C. S. Forester
- One for the Books – Joe Queenan
- Dear Reader – Cathy Rentzenbrink
- My Side – David Beckham
- The Snowman – Jo Nesbø
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières