Good afternoon, fellow Bookworms!
Another month done and dusted! We’re on 31st July, Harry Potter’s birthday, and thus it’s time to look back at this month’s stuff before I fill my face with takeaway from La Turka later and will probably be too stuffed to blog, lol! Then it will be the start of another day’s action in Tokyo and the start of another month. Therefore I thought I should blog now.
The twosome in that photo are two of Team GB’s medallists so far – Kye Whyte and Bethany Shriever, both won medals in their BMX racing finals, silver for Kye and gold for Bethany. As things stand on Day 7, and I think most of the action is now over for today, Team GB have 28 medals, 8 golds, 9 silvers and 11 bronzes, and today’s events brought about two of the golds and two of the bronzes.
Bronzes went to Emma Wilson in windsurfing and Karriss Artingstall in boxing, and both golds went to mixed relay teams – the triathlon mixed relay team and the 4x 100m mixed medley relay team in the swimming. We may be feeling disappointment about the rowing, but our swimmers have excelled themselves at the Tokyo Olympics! Best performance in the pool by British swimmers since the first London Olympics way back in 1908, 113 years ago!
More Olympic waffle later, probably, but let’s get on to the books and the situation on the reading front is that I have finished off 37 books so far this year, five of them being finished during the course of July.
I will now be able to publish the Books mentioned in July list on List Challenges and set up the August list for the coming month’s blog entries and any books I wiffle on about in those. 14th August will be 11 years since I started this blog – you may recall my 10th anniversary special last year.
For the benefit of more recent followers, you can always look up the August 2020 archives for that blog. There is also a massive list on List Challenges, in the Books category, from August 2020 which listed every different book I had mentioned on here from 14th August 2010 to 14th August 2020 – it is probably the biggest book list I have ever compiled on there, lol!
First book polished off in July was The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes which was one of the 30 books I’d acquired in Wales in June when Mum and I went to Llandudno. Then it was time for another dose of Charlie Connelly, as I read Last Train to Hilversum, the 6th book I have read by this writer! This book was about the history of radio and got me blogging about all my memories of tuning in to various radio stations over the years, from BBC Radio 1 for most of my childhood, up to the stations I have on now – Gold, Classic FM and Radio 4, plus sometimes Absolute 80s.
Next up was the poetry anthology Helium, by Rudy Francisco, the first of two poetry books read this month, but not the first poetry read this year. Indeed, I’ve read quite a bit of poetry in 2021.
The poetry started back in February when I read Alexa, What is There to Know About Love? by Brian Bilston, first of two anthologies by one of the best poets active on social media. March brought us Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, by Simon Armitage, the current UK Poet Laureate.
Technically speaking, the next item of poetry was The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest works of literature in the world, if not the oldest. That was finished in May before we were back to Brian Bilston with his anthology, 50 Ways to Score a Goal – his book of football poems was always going to be on my “to read” list from the moment he announced it was forthcoming!
That brings us to Helium, by Rudy Francisco, which I have just mentioned, and there was then a non-poetry book in between, The Comfort Book, by Matt Haig, before I read Radio Waves, which was an anthology by various poets but edited by Seán Street, with poems celebrating the wireless!
That was on Facebook the other day – someone near Tom Daley’s hometown had knitted, or possibly crocheted, this model of Tom for the top of the post box! How cool is that?! He won gold in the 10m platform synchronised diving with Matty Lee. He may still have more diving events to come, I’d have to look that up, but he has Olympic gold at last, at his 4th Games.
Just as there has been disappointment in the rowing, there was one disappointment on the book front, having got halfway through a book only to find the writer slagging off my football club, so I showed him the red card and booted him off my Kindle. I simply got on with Matt Haig’s book and got that finished off sooner, as I had also been partway through that one at the same time.
Of course, I also had my niece’s 11th birthday this month. Charlotte has finished primary school and will start high school in September. Amongst the pressies I bought her were two books from the Disney “Twisted Tales” collection, A Whole New World and As Old as Time, both by Elizabeth J. Braswell, and I also had a Hogwarts acceptance letter done for her as she is still very much a Potterhead and it was appropriate with her turning eleven this year!
So, the day after my niece’s birthday, I was still on annual leave and thus able to enjoy the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics and that has pretty much distracted me ever since, lol, although I am over a quarter of the way through Black Coffee Blues, by Henry Rollins, so that will continue into August, probably in the evening before the overnight Olympics action starts up, lol!
That brings us up to date, really. 37 books so far. Hopefully I can get at least 3 read in August to get to the 40 books mark and have an average of 5 books per month. There may yet be some more Charlie Connelly, as I do have a couple more of his books on my Kindle that I’ve yet to read, I think, and possibly some Horrible Histories amongst my physical books. Don’t really want anythng all that long while the Games are still on, although I may be OK after next weekend and less distracted!
Just remembered that in the last book blog, I did a bit of a mini mystery year quiz with some sports news, book releases and songs from a particular year. I had said it was the year that the Winter Olympics took place in Lake Placid and the Summer Olympics were behind the “Iron Curtain” in Moscow which was still part of the Soviet Union back then. The mystery year for this quiz was 1980. Hope you guessed correctly!
There may also be some more blog entries on my Five Gold Rings blog while the Olympics are still on, but this book blog is done for now, we’ve reached the finish line or the end of the swimming pool, lol, and so, until next time, take care and Happy Reading!
Joanne x x x
Books mentioned in this blog entry…
- The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
- Last Train to Hilversum – Charlie Connelly
- Helium – Rudy Francisco
- Alexa, What is There to Know About Love? – Brian Bilston
- Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic – Simon Armitage
- The Epic of Gilgamesh – Unknown
- 50 Ways to Score a Goal – Brian Bilston
- The Comfort Book – Matt Haig
- Radio Waves – Various (ed. Seán Street)
- A Whole New World – Elizabeth J. Braswell
- As Old as Time – Elizabeth J. Braswell
- Black Coffee Blues – Henry Rollins