It’s July. It’s hot and humid and I don’t want to be in an office right now. I don’t really want to be outside in the heat either, so the real question is how do I escape? And we ALL know the answer to that…READING! (And as no post is complete without at least one picture – look at the great quote. I’m not sure where I found it, but it’s one of the two backgrounds on my phone at the moment.)
I’ve decided to take the month of July off on my reading challenges. It’s a bit late in the month to inform everyone, but as I’ve not read any and don’t plan on reading any I thought I should make it official. I’ve enjoyed reading the random books I have read and just picking up whatever I want. I’m comfortable doing this as I’m over 50% on all of my challenges and still have 6 months to go.
I’m almost finished reading Sinclair McKay’s The Secret Lives of Codebreakers (another e-galley, watch for the response on Monday) and had intentions of reading Dickens’ Great Expectations next, but will instead read Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. And then, when we’re up in Maine for the weekend next weekend, I plan on reading something fun! Maybe I’ll reread The Hunger Games trilogy or Harry Potter. (And just to break it up again, to the left is my other phone background. Again, not sure where it came from, but must’ve been from a fellow blogger. See below to find out more about Keep Calm and Carry On.)
Who knows, I want something fun and relaxing! If I can swing it, I might try to get the first few books in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series and re-read those. I tried listening to them on my iPhone via Overdrive, but that was a fail because it wouldn’t really save my place. I got far enough through The Alchemyst to make me want to read them again!
I didn’t realize it until I was writing this post how pertinent it is that my phone background is Keep Calm and Read a Book. I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently in the literary world of WWII and WWI and I will stay in WWII for at least another book. I don’t remember how long ago I first saw the video below, but I loved it and desperately want to get back to Britain to visit the shop. Watch the video to learn about where the original Keep Calm and Carry On came from and how it was found in a bookshop! (I’ve actually been to Alnwick, I visited Alwnwick Castle, and can’t believe I missed such a beautiful book shop! I will definitely have to return, perhaps when I’m there one day for the Hay-on-Wey book festival.)