Not Really a Reading Week [TinyLetter]

This week I’m starting with a confession. I haven’t really read that much this week.

Wednesday night I was shattered and ended up going from lying on the sofa most of the evening to having a  very early night in bed. Sometimes life catches up with us.

Friday night was watching the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States and the evening was chatting about the speech and what happens next.

Yesterday I was glued to twitter in between rearranging the books so that I can try take some of the piles off the floor and put books back on to the shelves. The reason I was glued to twitter watching and RTing image of  the crowds as they gathered in cities across the world as millions of women and men under the Women’s March banner.

Saturday left me feeling more hopeful for the world than I had been the case the day before.

This week’s commute listening has been swapped from Runemarks to Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest – a long poem set to music. I’ve heard most of it when it was broadcast live on the BBC late last year. You can watch it (as long as it’s still live) on Youtube here:

If I’m listening to an audiobook I really have keep listening not to miss bits of action and plot. With Let Them Eat Chaos I’ve been letting the words wash over me – I’ve been taking them in – but more organically.  Another confession.  I used to read way more poetry than I do now.  The last collection I picked up was Andrew McMillan Physical but I haven’t read it yet.

And that’s one reason I’m writing this letter each week to track my progress and hold myself accountable to all the words in the house.

I think I’ve figured out why I’ve been slower reading The Lazarus War: BK3 than I expected. There is a leap of six months between books. I think events have happened off-screen but I’m also realising that I don’t hold stories in my head with the same level of detail and accuracy that I used to be able to manage. I think I’m going to have to start re-reading the last few chapters of books in trilogies and seeking out summaries.

You’ll want to know how Slow-Cooked Beef Ragu from How to Lose Weight Well turn out? Really well. I’m going to make it again soon. I even tried White Bean Mash which is made with cannellini beans. It wasn’t really mash but went really nice with the strong taste of the beef.   I made another meal from  HoLWW earlier in the week. This time it was Five-Spiced Beef in Little Gem. I didn’t think it would fill me up but it did. Though the chinese five-spice taste takes a little getting used to.

A little more OCD kicked-in when I was looking for recipes and there are some real online bargains at the moment so I picked up: The Hairy Biker’s Asian Adventure as I liked the series and I’m hoping they version of the recipes are going to be straight forward; Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & beyond as not only is it Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Award winner but I got the impression it was backed with simple and tasty foods; the final one is Our Korean Kitchen, Winner Of Observer Food Monthly’s Best New Cookbook Award 2016​ and it looks like a book that holds your hand as your explore a new culinary adventure.

More book and recipe book news next week.

If you want to get in touch please do by tweeting me via @gavreads.

Until next time,

Happy Reading.

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