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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.

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.

Blogging, a short history

blog-buttonI used to blog, and I really do me blog a lot.  From mid 2003 till late 2008 I had my own server, I blogged about everything many many times a day, and I loved it.  But at the end of my blogging days, I had family members criticising me about content that I put on of my civil partnership.  I had not asked any of my siblings to it because we just wanted something small and to our way of liking especially without any interference.  The photos that were taken that day I started to put on my site, my stepfather decided that he did not want the pictures there as one of my sisters may be pissed off at the fact that he and my mother were there.  I replied that it was my site, my wedding, and to get over himself.  However, the critique and messages started to come thick and fast, and in the end, having my own Britney Speers moment, I lost the plot and deleted the whole site.  Thousands of posts, photographs and close to 6 years of input vanished.  I did not delete it in the usual way either, I went full tilt and made it beyond recovery using military grade software.  Needless to say, I was angry with the reaction of family, and it really did spoil the day, yes it was after the wedding, but I look back and remember it not for the lovely day that it was (drunken too), but for the spleen venting that came after.

I learned my lesson that family should be blocked from knowing about my writings, and any social media that I am on.  9 years later and they are truly blocked on all social sites, and I never tell of any writings I have done over the years.  I have tried to blog and everytime closed them down as I did not feel I had it in me, again the bitterness of the past creeping into what was a passion.

Now, 2017, I feel I want to write and blog again.  I have a passion for knitting photography and reading, so this will be a main base for my blog, mosstly knitting though as I love it.  I have in the past few months written poety, so maybe that will apear here too, who knows.  One thing I do know, I am here to stay.

Till next time….

 

Books

I love books. I love to read, and my ideal day would be to sit quietly with a book and a pot of coffee, when the coffee had gone, then maybe a pot of tea. But all in all quiet, and sustenance both of the mind on the body.

I set myself a challenge each year to read so many books. In 2013, I decided 20 books would be good enough, and managed to read 28, that’s 140% on the challenge. Last year I thought I could do better, and went for 40, and managed to read 64, so that’s 160%. This year I thought I would stick to the 40 books, and with close t0 40 days left of the year I have read 34 books to date. I am one behind schedule, so need to get a move on.

Today I finished reading Yeon-Mi Park, “In Order To Live”. Wow really does not do it justice. What this girl endured through her life at the age of 13 and beyond really was hard to read, including rape and people trafficking to escape the tyranny of North Korea. She opened my eyes to what really goes on in that country, things the mass media do not show due to the country being completely closed to the rest of the world.

I enjoy biographies as you get to see life from another person’s perspective. I will not read the biographies of people who are non-entities in the world, for example, Katie Price, who cares if she got her tits out and made money, she really is a third rate personality, a Z-lister in my eyes. I do not care for the likes of her and other people who really have nothing to say apart from the fact that they made money. Who cares.

I have just started reading “Proud” by Gareth Thomas. A great rugby player and someone who has something interesting to say about his life and dealing with the fact that he is gay. I remember seeing him in Chester many years ago with his partner, and boy is he tall, 6′ 3″ is massive compared to my 5′ 7″ stature.

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