I don’t have any pictures to start this recap, but there are plenty below (at the end). June was a slow month on the reading front, but it was incredibly rewarding. I started (and finished) Anna Karenina and thoroughly enjoyed it (even if it took 21 days to finish). In addition I completed my re-read of Mansfield Park and read The Bird of Night, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Phantom of Pemberley.
I made major headway on my challenges as multiple books counted for multiple challenges. Overall for the year I am 20/31 (65%) on challenges and this past month put me over the 50% level on EVERY 2012 challenge!
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- May Progress: 2 books
- Overall Progress – 18/25 (72%)
- Back to the Classics Challenge
- May Progress: 2 book
- Overall Progress – 5/9 (56%)
- Tea and Books Reading Challenge
- May Progress: 1 books
- Overall Progress – 7/8 (89%)
- The Classics Club
- May Progress: 3 books
- Overall Progress – 9/100 (9%)
It was an interesting month for finding random stuff about books online. I’ve pulled out the three I found to be most exciting/interesting and they are below.
The first really cool project I stumbled across was Unglue It. According to the website, unglue means “to pay an author or publisher, up front, for publishing a Creative Commons e-book. It’s similar to kickstarter, in that individuals pledge money to pay the rights holder to create a free e-book version. They’ve recently unglued their first book and have three additional active campaigns going on.
The second was an awesome article about archives and finding things in archives titled Nota Bene: If you ‘Discover’ Something in an Archive, It’s Not a Discovery. It’s a cheeky quick read that I found to be spot on about how things get lost, but only because they’re not explicitly listed but are right where they usually should be.
And last but not least (and I’m sure I could find more, but these are just the things I noted down). Check out the trailer for Anna Karenina which is coming out in the late fall, but is probably being overshadowed by The Great Gatsby.
And to close this off, I encourage you to check out the new banners I made for the site! I went through quite a few of my old photos and found some that I thought fit the title (The Oddness of Moving Things) and that I really liked, and turned them into banners. Some are clearly about movement, rushing water and jumping, others are more subtle – the full sails of sail boats or the creaking of a mausoleum door. If you refresh the page you can see them (there are 6) or you can see all of them below. Click to see a larger version.
Sorry for the length, but I couldn’t leave you without a what’s next option! I’m currently reading John Boyne’s The Absolutist which I am IN LOVE WITH. and will follow this up with a few more library books and galleys from Net Galley and then I will get back to my challenge reads (Great Expectations will be my next challenge read).