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Book challenge….

I set myself a challenge to read 4 books by the end of the month, 2 down and 2 to go, and a little behind, but life is like that.

The latest completed book was Paul O’Grady “Open the Cage, Murphy”. This is the 4th of his biographies and is set in the rise of Lily Savage, his drag act, from Liverpool to London. I found it a really entertaining book full of reference to places I know and have been to. I am looking forward to the next book and the next chapters of his life if he brings another volume out.

If you have never heard of Lily Savage, then I suggest having a look on YouTube for some videos, I am sure you would enjoy his acid tongue.

After Auschwitz – Eva Schloss

On my book list, the first of my challenge was to read Eva Schloss’s After Auschwitz.

I have been interested in WWII since 1970’s when as a kid, I started to watch “The World At War” at my Nan’s house on a Sunday. I found that I was fascinated about what happened, and moreover why. Like everyone, I could not understand why people would do such things to others. As an adult, I have read and watched so much about the genocide and will never understand the hate that the German authorities had towards other human beings.

Eva and her mother survived being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau on her 15th Birthday. Her book talks a little about the camps and how she ended up there, but more importantly, what happened after she and her mother were liberated.

Eva is mainly known for being the co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, and of course also as the Stepsister of Anne Frank.

This is an incredible book focusing on her life after liberation, how she moved forward, helped others to move on with their life, and above all remember the people who lost their lives through the Anne Frank Trust UK.

I have just bought another of her books entitled Eva’s Story: A survivor’s tale by the step-sister of Anne Frank which covers her time in the death camps and the detailed ordeals her and her family endured.

Books galore..

I have quite literally thousands of books, and this is no exaggeration.  I have been collecting books all my adult life.  I have bought books that I have never read, and may never get to read, but I am determined to try.

Inspired by another blogger Chronical Of Ellen, I have decided to list some books that I have to read in the next month, and no crafting (well, I may do a bit).

The photo you see showing my Churchill Diaries will not be a collection that I will be challenging myself to as yet, as they are quite intense reads.  I have set a date of the end of July, so that gives me about 5 weeks to complete the following in this order:

 

My List

  1. After Auschwitz; Eva Schloss
  2. Open the Cage, Murphy; Paul O’Grady
  3. The Dynamite Room; Jason Hewitt
  4. The Road Ahead; Christabel Bielenberg

So, here goes, let’s see how I do.  I have only managed to read 10 books this year, which is a far cry from my wanting to read 52 by the end of the year.

I will, of course, keep you all posted.

To Hot to Drop Stitches

Because of the unprecedented fabulous weather we are having at the moment, I am writing this in the garden in direct scorching sunlight with Stone Sour on my headphones, and so I have not been doing any knitting, not a jot in the last 10 days.

Rather than sit in the lounge, or on the patios and knit, I have been sitting in the sun, slowly developing my tan, I say slowly as after 30 minutes in direct sun I move to the shade as I don’t want to burn and look like an old Peruvian Sherpa.

With sunbathing comes great responsibility; barbeques are aplenty, music is essential, especially to drown out the sound of a neighbour’s twins screeching because they cannot get their own way, and a load of books that need to be read, both in physical and e-book form.  On the barbeque front, we have managed to have 12 so far and summer has just started. Musically, I love my heavy metal, but rather than have my favourite bands tear down the walls, I tend to have Radio 6 Music on the go, that is if I do not have my cans on.

I keep looking at all my yarn stash and think I really need to get moving on all the stuff I need to make, finish making, and really want to make, but unless it starts raining and the temperature drops, that really isn’t an option.  At night in the winter my needles are going all the time, but at night I am ploughing through books, which is another passion of mine, as I love literature, especially the classics, it is why I decided to my degree in English Language and Literature.

Our summer last year was mostly rain and the odd hot day, so lots of knitting was done especially socks. I wonder how many of you out there find that knitting seems to be a seasonal thing too? Those that live in hot climates probably do not have that problem, but we are about 880 miles away from the arctic circle, so a hot summer is quite rare, however, because of the jet stream we rarely get really bad winters, and the coldest I have ever recorded was -18, which came with two foot of snow and a complete standstill of transport.

Maybe I should take up knitting lace work, that is light weight, and looks quite complex.