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OC Overhaul, Book Benches and an Emergency Book!

OC Overhaul July 2017

Bullet journal documenting my Ongoing Concerns overhaul…

Hello again, fellow Bookworms!

Yes, I have gone and done it! I have taken decisive action on the notorious Ongoing Concerns List, and trimmed it down! I decided it was unfair on certain books which were not being read, I hadn’t touched them for weeks, if not months, and I thought let’s just take them off the list, at least for now, and put them back on some time later if I CAN be arsed reading them instead of leaving them on there for decoration without them making any ounce of progress as far as Goodreads percentages are concerned.

Several YA books are therefore back in the TBR pile as partially-read books, with receipts or travel tickets in them as bookmarks so I know where I’m up to when I do decide to resume them at any time in the future. There are now two YA novels on the new OC list, those being Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews, and One Italian Summer, by Keris Stainton. She actually liked one of my posts on Instagram the other day! I am a frequent Bookstagrammer on there, most of my posts on Instagram are about books! There are some which aren’t, but I’m very much into the whole Bookstagram thing.

One non-fiction book has been returned to the TBR list, but Periodic Tales, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, and Neither Here Nor There, by Bill Bryson, remain on the OC List as our current representatives of factual reading matter! This coming week, on Thursday, I will be meeting one of my favourite non-fiction writers, Stuart Maconie, who is coming to Waterstone’s on Deansgate to promote his new book, Long Road From Jarrow, which will be published that day. That one will have to join the TBR pile though, as I’ve got two non-fictions on the list, and I said I was going to resume Manchester, England by Dave Haslam as my next non-fiction selection on the OC List once one of the current factual books has been read, and will be using my “and the bees still buzz” bookmark in it!

It’s all go on the book front in Manchester at the moment, and I shall return to the matter of Mancunian book-related events shortly, once I have covered the fiction section of my new trimmed-down OC List, lol!

OC Wipeboard July 2017

The OC Wipeboard – cleaned and tarted-up with the new list. The magnets have been on for a while, from Berlin, Chichen Itza, and Marrakech respectively. The blue thingy is a wipeboard eraser, and is magnetic. I might just plonk that on the top and put a few more magnets on, or sometimes change them around. I needed a new pen for it anyway, as the one it came with had gone funny. The board itself needed cleaning, too, but I sorted that out, so it looks pretty good now, and I have a few colours I can use on it. I’m sure non-permanent OHP pens would also work on it…

So, the fiction section… Obviously, this currently consists of Dissolution, by C. J. Sansom, the first book of his Shardlake series, and my current book club book, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old. I am now 12% through that so it has joined the list because I have read at least 10% of it. Thus the OC list is at six, with a nice balance of 2 fiction, 2 non-fiction and 2 young adult. If I find even that is too much and things are not being read, I will have to trim it down further, but it’s a lot better than it was!

Bookbench trail map

Bookbench Trail Map

I did promise you more book-related goings-on in Manchester, so this is what I was on about, the Bookbench Trail. A bit like when we had Cowparade in the noughties, but with sets of benches in the shape of books, decorated by various groups and schools, and dotted around Manchester, both in the city centre and out in various suburbs. This is on for 2 months from 10th July to 10th September, so it just started this Monday just gone.

The above photos are from some of the benches in the Arndale Centre in town. The crayons remind me of some of Charlotte’s books, actually, lol! I’m thinking about The Day the Crayons Quit, and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both by Drew Daywalt. If you haven’t read these books, you really should! They’re brilliant and very funny!

Anyway, one foolish thing I did yesterday was that I forgot to put any books in my handbag! Oops! I was going in to town for my volunteering, and also to give blood afterwards, although it turned out that my haemoglobin was low, so I couldn’t donate a pint of my O positive on this occasion. I realised in the morning, after leaving the house to get a bus to Eccles, that I had forgotten to bring any books with me. I was not best pleased, as you can imagine! Chief Bookworm had no Handbag Books! Oops!

Emergency Book July 2017

Emergency Book!

Bearing in mind I’d be volunteering in the morning, and that I’d be doing the sudoku in the newspapers while on the tram to town, I wasn’t so much bothered about not having a book for the outgoing journey, but I figured that, if I was going to be giving an armful to the vampires, I would need a book to pass the time during my donation, so just before I went to the donor centre, I nipped into Fopp, where they have a selection of cheap books as well as music and films, and picked up Life After Dark, by Dave Haslam, for £3 to take with me. Hence the bit in the title of this blog about the Emergency Book!

So, I took the Emergency Book with me to the donor centre, only for me to turn out to be a bit low on iron and unable to give blood! Oh well, never mind! The book is a history of British nightclubs and music venues, as you might expect from a DJ, and I read a little bit of it on the bus on the way home from town, although the rest of it will have to wait, at least until after I have finished with one of his other books, and that’s still not on the OC list yet, anyway!

Didn’t have a fellow bookworm on that bus, but the previous day, I had a fellow bookworm on the tram to Eccles when I was coming home from town. I was reading Dissolution, she was reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, which she said she was enjoying. I said it was on my TBR List. She said she’d read and enjoyed Dissolution! My copy of The Essex Serpent is in the pile of books, mostly hardbacks, known as my Bass Amp Book Tower!

Well, I shall now go and get myself a brew, and do some reading perhaps. My lads have their first game of the pre-season tour later, at what is silly o’clock for us here in the UK, but that’s not too much trouble as I can always watch it in bed and I am a night owl, so I will probably be awake for most of it anyway!

Wonder when the Gnome will get his finger out of his arse and get some more players off Jose’s shopping list?! I don’t think the manager is very chuffed at the extremely lethargic “speed” at which Gnome is progressing with this task, and we fans certainly aren’t! We need more players, and we need to be buying them, not letting other players go in exchange! Especially not strikers, as we don’t have enough as it is! No, Inter Milan, you cannot have Anthony Martial! We don’t have enough forwards! We might possibly have some spare defenders or something, if you need anyone in those positions at the back, but we need all the strikers we can get!

We have practically exchanged Rooney for Lukaku, so we have Lukaku, Martial and Rashford. That in itself is not enough strikers. We need at least one more, because we cannot bank on Zlatan returning. If he comes back mid season and manages to bang in the goals despite his age and despite having had a serious knee injury, that should be considered a bonus!

Anyway, that is about all from me for now, you’ll be relieved to learn, lol! So, until the next blog, take care and Happy Reading!

Joanne x x x

Books mentioned in this blog entry…

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews
  • One Italian Summer – Keris Stainton
  • Periodic Tales – Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • Neither Here Nor There – Bill Bryson
  • Long Road From Jarrow – Stuart Maconie
  • Manchester, England – Dave Haslam
  • Dissolution – C. J. Sansom
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old – Hendrik Groen
  • The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home – Drew Daywalt
  • Life After Dark – Dave Haslam
  • The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry

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Jaffa Cakes And A Good Book

zlatan-and-pogba-efl-cup-2017* Manchester United – EFL Cup Winners 2017 *

Good afternoon, fellow Bookworms!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he is our Swedish hero… Oops, sorry! Still celebrating after yesterday’s trip to Wembley and our 3-2 victory over a very decent Southampton side. To be fair to the Saints, our lads were fannying about so much at the back, that you could hardly blame them for feeling encouraged to have a go, which they did, and they got it back to 2-2 after we’d gone into a 2-0 lead. Fortunately, just when it looked like extra time might be on the cards, we got our late winner and managed to hang on to the lead for the remaining few minutes plus stoppage time!

The other thing I am celebrating is how quickly we managed to get home despite supporting the winning side! Obviously, for those whose side has lost, they leave Wembley first and get back on their coaches and head home, but after we’d watched the lads lift the cup and do a bit of celebrating, we headed back to find our coach. Took a bit of locating, but we found it, and got back on board. Actually, we were fairly quick to set off, and it seemed we managed to get away from the industrial estate which surrounds Wembley Stadium in what must be world-record time, lol! Mum and I also managed to get out of the car-park quickly when we got back to Old Trafford, so we were home before half past midnight! As I said, a world record for getting home from Wembley after seeing United win!

But, anyway, you want to know about the reading matter, don’t you?! I did some reading going down to Wembley, and coming back to Old Trafford. Stuart Maconie‘s The Pie At Night was my book of choice for the journey down, accompanied by a Jaffa Cake or two. Or three… There’s nowt like a good book and some Jaffa Cakes when you’re on the way to a cup final! I was really enjoying Maconie’s book, and looking forward to continuing on the way home after the match…

However, I don’t know what the driver was up to, but during the journey, we couldn’t put the overhead reading lights on, so the coach was pretty dark! Not just tricky eating your food on a dark coach, but pretty much impossible to read a paperback or hardback! Therefore, I couldn’t even read I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic in celebration of our Swedish striker’s goals in the final!

This is where my Kindle came into its own. It is in a cover with a built-in light, so I was able to choose an e-book for the journey back to Old Trafford, and Andrew Hyslop‘s Premier League Years 1992/93 fit the bill nicely, as it was about footy! I must say it could really have done with some proof-reading, I noted quite a few typos and other errors, but it was a great trip down memory lane, back to that first Premier League season!

I had briefly toyed with the idea of reading either Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige, or Ally Carter‘s I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You, the first of the Gallagher Girls books – I had started that one some time ago on my Kindle. However, the prospect of reliving our first ever Premier League title and reading about how we signed Eric Cantona for a bargain £1.2m in November 1992 was impossible to resist, so the footy won, as you suspected it always would!

I was at the start of December 1992 in the Hyslop e-book when we neared Old Trafford and I put my Kindle away, so I am 42% of the way through that book. I am 11% in to The Pie At Night, in case you were wondering. I feel as though I may as well get the Hyslop read – for me a quick read as I reminisce about the 1992-93 season and all the familiar names. The players, the managers, the transfer news… I have managed 9 books so far in 2017 on my Goodreads Challenge, and it would be great to have read ten within the first two months of this year! It would also be my second e-book on the list, having finished off Pear Shaped, by Adam Blain, right at the start of this calendar year to get the 2017 challenge up and running!

As I said, I’d turned my Kindle off, and put it away as we were nearly back at Old Trafford, but I had reached December 1992 in the book, and that would mean a look back at the first Manchester Derby I ever went to. 6th December 1992 at Old Trafford. Absolutely pissing down with rain, and I was in the Stretford End, which was being rebuilt at the time, so it didn’t have a roof at that stage of the season. Therefore, we were provided with pacamacs as we went through the turnstiles… As many people have said, we looked like we were wearing giant condoms, lol! Paul Ince and Mark Hughes scored for us in our 2-1 victory, with Niall Quinn getting a goal back for City, but we hung on for the 3 points. Eric Cantona came on for his United debut as a second half sub, replacing Bryan Robson. It would be the only derby he would play any part in without scoring at least one goal. Our neighbours would soon come to fear our Frenchman for a few seasons until they got relegated in 1996! (Bit of a drastic way to ensure he could no longer score against your team, though, lol!)

the-museum-of-you

Anyway, enough about that, and back to books, with a mystery book. Well, a bit of a mystery. No, it’s not a blind date with a book or anything, it’s not in brown paper, but it does have shrink-wrap around it. I bought it a while ago, probably some time last year, from Chapter One book shop and cafe on Lever Street in town. The book is The Museum of You, by Carys Bray. However, the blurb on the back of the book, as I have since realised, is about her previous novel, A Song For Issy Bradley, so I have no actual idea what this book is about! The only clue, therefore, is on the front…

This summer, Clover Quinn wants to find the missing pieces of her story.

So, that’s basically all we have to go off with this one! Unless we want to “cheat” and look it up on Goodreads or something… It’s a hardback, anyway, probably one for the Bass Amp Book Tower! I’ve opened it – removed the shrink wrap (that stuff is seriously annoying, isn’t it?!) and the book now rests on the Amp Tower for the time being as I head off to reminisce a bit more about 90s football and celebrate my club’s current team winning the League Cup, lol!

Until the next time I blog, which will probably be the February review, take care and Happy Reading!

Joanne x x x

Books mentioned in this blog entry…

  • The Pie At Night – Stuart Maconie
  • I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • The Premier League Years 1992/93 – Andrew Hyslop
  • Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Paige
  • I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You – Ally Carter
  • Pear Shaped – Adam Blain
  • The Museum of You – Carys Bray
  • A Song For Issy Bradley – Carys Bray

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