Friday, 19 October 2018

Feature book

Paved with good intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal land rights and settler-colonial law

Over a century before the Mabo case recognised Native Title and rejected the doctrine of Terra Nullius, Aboriginal land rights were briefly acknowledged in two Australian colonies. Paved with Good Intentions, reveals the many strong declarations in favour of Aboriginal land rights in early Colonial times, and shows how this language was twisted and remodelled to support dispossession of Aborigines.

You can borrow this book from JCU Library.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

'Behind the Scenes' of the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection - Part 2

Last week we heard from Library staff who’ve been involved in cataloguing the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection, and in this week’s post, we take a look at some of the other tasks involved in caring for, and interpreting, this fabulous collection. Bronwyn McBurnie, Manager Special Collections, said that when new collections were received, it was particularly important to ensure that items were free of insects.

“Incoming collections and materials are inspected for live insects or evidence of insect activity. That inspection might indicate that freezing items is a good idea to ensure there is no live insect life still present,” Bronwyn said.
Bronwyn McBurnie, Manager, Special Collections, placing books in the freezer.
“Many of the rare books from the Yonge Collection were frozen and stored in our chest freezer at below -20 degrees Celsius for three weeks. In preparing for this freezing the items were carefully packed into airtight polyethylene bags. Upon removal from the freezer the items remained packaged until they had slowly come back to room temperature, before they rejoined the Collection,” she said.

“For this process to be effective it is necessary to use a temperature below -20 degrees Celsius, place items in the right type of airtight bags and freeze them for a substantial period of time.” 

Before you try this at home read more about the process from the experts (note that some items should not be frozen). Look to the State Library of Queensland’s advice about freezing collections and the University of Texas conservation pages.

Special Collections Volunteer, Jennifer Tompkins, has been transcribing cataloguing information onto acid-free cards to insert inside the rare books in the Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Collection. Jennifer said that she feels privileged to have the opportunity to hold and look at books that were published before Captain Cook sailed up the east coast of Australia. Jennifer is pictured below, writing a card for a book titled Of the natural history of the Adriatic Sea by Doctor Vitaliano Donati, published in 1750.
Jennifer Tompkins, Special Collections Volunteer

When it came to researching and writing blog posts about the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection, and the story of Yonge’s 1928 expedition to the Great Barrier Reef, Special Collections Library Officer, Trisha Fielding, found that there were a number of fascinating aspects about the early expedition she really enjoyed exploring.

“It struck me that the expedition to the reef that Sir Maurice Yonge led in 1928 would have been such an incredible adventure for those people who were involved. The researchers from the UK were a highly talented group of young scientists, with varying specialties in the fields of zoology, biology, hydrography, botany and chemistry,” Trisha said.

“It was a great adventure just getting from England to Australia, and when they arrived here they were treated as VIPs. They were billeted with some of the most important families in Brisbane, and treated to a lavish welcome dinner held in their honour,” she said.

“One of the most unexpected things for me, was discovering how many women were involved in the expedition. But not, as you might perhaps expect, in a domestic capacity. Mattie Yonge, wife of C.M. Yonge, was the expedition’s medical officer, but she also assisted with practical field work. Several others - zoologists Sheina Marshall, Elizabeth Fraser and Sidnie Manton - were all highly accomplished in their field. Sidnie Manton had completed her university studies at Cambridge at the top of her class, but because women were not considered full members of the university, she was not awarded the University Prize.”

“So it must have been exciting for them to participate in such a groundbreaking scientific expedition, given that they sometimes missed out on opportunities because of their gender.”
Trisha Fielding, Special Collections Library Officer, researching the story behind the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection.

“Those women who were not scientists themselves also contributed much more than might at first be assumed. This was particularly true of Anne Stephenson, who is credited as co-author with her husband T.A. Stephenson on two articles resulting from the research at Low Isles (and on another twelve articles with him on subsequent research in South Africa and North America).”

“Gweneth Russell, wife of the expedition’s deputy leader, Frederick Russell, was evidently a very useful person to have around, as she had been awarded an MBE for her work during the First World War, organising the labour supply for a munitions factory.”

“I also enjoyed learning about how Sir Maurice Yonge had built up his scientific library over the course of six decades. In his travels throughout the world, he often visited antiquarian book stores in out-of-the-way places, and would purchase books to add to his collection.”

“When I was first introduced to the Sir Maurice Yonge Collection, its size and scope reminded me a little of the library onboard the submarine-like vessel, the Nautilus, in Jules Verne’s book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Although Verne’s book is a work of fiction, Captain Nemo’s library contained thousands of volumes on natural history and science, not unlike the library that Yonge spent a lifetime building.”

“It’s just incredible to think that such a significant collection is now housed here at James Cook University Library.” 

Our regular Blogger for the Special Collections Fossicking’s Series, Liz Downes, has been actively researching a totally unique item she discovered in the Collection titled British Marine Algae. This volume contains 35 stunning botanical pressings (of seaweed) prepared by Annie Slade and gifted to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Slatter in 1884. Liz has been researching and learning about the unusual pastime of seaweed collecting and pressing which was popular with Victorian women.
Pages from British Marine Algae, an album of pressed seaweeds, prepared by Annie Slade.

Stay tuned to the JCU Library News blog as Liz will share her discoveries with us later this year.

If you missed earlier posts in this series - you can catch up here

* Read more about the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection
** Browse the titles in the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection

Monday, 15 October 2018

Screening - Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Trailer 1 from Paywall The Movie on Vimeo.

The JCU Library will be screening Paywall (running time 105 minutes) to launch Open Access Week. There will be time for discussion afterwards. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Monday 22 October, 3pm-5pm
Where: Room B1.107, Building B1 - Library

     Please register here for the Cairns screening.

When: Thursday 25 October 18, 1pm-3pm
Where: Room 18.002A, Building 18 - Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

     Please register here for the Townsville screening.

Paywall is a must-see for academics and students who intend to publish their research. We look forward to seeing you!

52 Book Challenge - Week 42

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But now we're actively encouraging you to make a choice based on cover art.

For this week's reading challenge is:

42. A book with an appealing cover.

There are some awesome cover designs out there, and some top-flight artists have done brilliant work with making covers eye-catching and appealing (Penguin Random House has a whole Pintrest page full of them, and you can find lists of cover art and cover artists all over the Internet*).

Unfortunately, we have a habit of buying hardcover books and taking off the slip jackets, so you may notice that many of our books don't exactly have appealing covers as you find them on our shelves (which throws a damper on using them in book displays, let me tell you). But, hey, that's what the Internet is for. And if you walk passed a book in a shop and say "that's an appealing book cover", why not look it up in our catalogue and see if we have a copy?

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

(*For something to read to kill time, go to Kate Beaton's Hark A Vagrant page and check out all of her adaptations of Edward Gorey covers - probably the best way to find them is to go to the archive and search for Gorey. A word of warning, Beaton's sense of humour can be a tad "puerile").

Reading Challenge Week 41 - A book with a colour in the title

What's black and white and red all over? Our reviews for this week's reading challenge! Or a newspaper. Or a zebra with a sunburn. Or a really embarrassed panda. Or a chilli in a tuxedo. You know what, let's just go to the reviews, shall we?

Scott Dale read my The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk.

I went to see Bill Bailey perform in Cairns on Thursday. I’m still wondering if it was the knowledge that I was going to see Manny from Black Books that led me to reading The Black Book (894.35 PAM 2C KAR) this week. While I did think about explaining Pamuk’s novel using only references to the TV show, good sense and respect for this writer have prevailed.

And yes, I am saying black is a colour, regardless of its place (or lack thereof) within the visible spectrum of light.

This is the third of Pamuk’s books that I have read and I have enjoyed them all. In The Black Book the protagonist, Galip, is a lawyer who turns detective when his wife, Rüya, disappears from his life. Galip becomes convinced that the disappearance of his famous cousin (Celal, a newspaper columnist) is connected to his missing wife.

This novel alternates chapters between Galip’s story and columns written by his cousin. We get the sense that both would like to be someone else at times. Galip starts to assume the identity of his famous cousin in his search for answers, wearing his clothes, staying in his apartment, and even writing some of his columns.

It’s great to delve into a new, unfamiliar world and see where it leads. In this case Istanbul is such a part of the story, the city feels like a character. A character from a book with a colour in the title.

In her introduction to this book Maddison writes, “White Australia was settled on a land that did not belong to us. Deep in our hearts every Australian knows this to be true” (p. 3). The author builds on this premise to explore constructive ways for dealing with feelings of guilt, both personal and collective.

Maddison examines the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and the white interventions which have failed to restore justice and achieve reconciliation. Rather than shaming the reader, however, the author encourages us to tackle the adaptive work necessary to bring about real and lasting change.

The proposed solutions go beyond denying guilt and criticising government policies. “To learn our way forward we may need to rethink ourselves in some profound ways, questioning old beliefs, identities, values and our ‘images of justice, community and responsibility’” (p. 11). Beyond White Guilt (305.800994 MAD) offers hope and a way forward for all Australians.

Sharon Bryan read The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck.

Regular readers of these reviews may recall that, back in week 27, I attempted to read another Steinbeck book (the Grapes of Wrath) and ended up deciding that life was too short to read the Grapes of Wrath. So there is an element to which I chose The Red Pony (810 STEI 1C RED) for this week's challenge out of pure stubbornness - if I can't finish one of Steinbeck's grown up novels, maybe I can tackle a short book that's supposedly for kids.

Just to clear things up, this is not a book for kids. Do not give this book to a child unless they are an older kid who is a precocious reader who likes challenging books. If you know a child who is horse mad and loves books like the Saddle Club series, only give this book to them if you don't like them and you want them to feel sad.

This book is actually a collection of longish short stories (not quite long enough to be long stories, but not the shortest of stories either). In every other chapter/story, a horse dies a traumatic death. There are only four chapter/stories, but given the high horse-death ratio, that's probably a good thing. Originally, there were only three stories - so basically the book ran like this: Chapter one - horse dies traumatic death; chapter two - old man steals old horse because neither are appreciated, and they run off to the hills to presumably die; chapter three - horse dies traumatic death. With the addition of fourth story, we also get: Chapter four - old man realises no one likes listening to him and feels crappy.

Good times.

It is a very well written book, and I didn't hate it. In fact, I actually enjoyed it in spite of all the dead horses. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a cheerful read.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

New eBook: Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the list via New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

With Medical Marijuana recently in the news, this new e-book Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana edited by Ken C. Winters and Kevin A. Sabet has a mine of information from recent studies.  It covers topics such as the clinical characteristics of marijuana, driving impairment, medical use, and policy implications.  The book includes recent research on the health implications and medical use but notes the pressing need for high quality research.  Whilst it has an American viewpoint this book thoroughly covers the major issues related to marijuana.  

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

'Behind the Scenes' of the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection - Part 1

JCU Library Information Resources staff, Anna Gibbons and Stephanie Morton, have spent many hours working on the task of cataloguing the rare books in the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection. Both Anna and Stephanie said they had found cataloguing the rare books a fascinating and challenging process.
Pictured L-R with rare books from the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection are Stephanie Morton and Anna Gibbons, Library Officers, Metadata Services. Photo: Bronwyn McBurnie.
“We have adapted and created original catalogue records for items that are mostly from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, written in English, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Italian and Latin, and so translating the bibliographic information has often been a challenge in itself,” Anna said.
“With so many unique items and books in different languages, this has been a valuable learning experience for us, particularly for our metadata skills. We’ve had to describe bindings, artists and production details for plates and illustrations, inscriptions, handwritten notes and letters slipped into certain books, and imperfections (such as uncut pages or pages/plates bound incorrectly),” Stephanie said.
Anna found that one the most exciting things about the work was discovering the skill and workmanship that went into creating and binding some of the books.
“The incredibly detailed engravings and hand-coloured plates (on some of which the brush strokes are visible, or the colourist didn’t quite stay within the lines - RB0148 and RB0127 to name a couple) of beautifully illustrated fish, molluscs, corals and all manner of creatures, as well as maps and scenes from around the world, was a real highlight for me,” Anna said.
Anna Gibbons, Library Officer, Metadata Services. Photo: Bronwyn McBurnie.
Stephanie was also impressed with the sheer artistry that had gone into the hand-coloured engraved plates (RB0022), large folded maps, and books with intricately detailed bindings or gorgeous illustrated covers (RB0170)
“Anna and I have been continually running back and forth between our desks to share new discoveries,” Stephanie said.

“I really enjoyed working collaboratively with Anna on two of the more complex multi-part books: Zoologia Danica (RB0135), unusual due to all five parts bound into a single volume; and Traité général des pesches (RB0146). Another book, The Natural History of Norway (RB0140), contained a very entertaining chapter on sea monsters, including Merpeople, giant sea serpents, and the kraken, based on “real-life” accounts the author collected and believed to be true – though he noted that leviathans were most likely just whales,” she said. 
An illustrated page from Traité général des pesches (A general treatise of fisheries). Photo: Trisha Fielding.

Stephanie found that the books she most enjoyed working on were those that required some deeper research. 
“The history behind one of the oldest books in the collection, Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum (RB0136), published 1711 in Latin, turned out to be quite fascinating. It was published posthumously with engravings done from drawings done by Maria Sibylla Merian, a talented scientific illustrator and entomologist, who did not get credit for her contributions to the book. Genera of recent and fossil shells (RB0004) was originally a mystery – two volumes without title pages, pagination, or publication details. It turned out to be a complete set of pamphlets originally published in 42 parts from 1821-1834 detailing a total 232 genera with 265 original colour plates,” Stephanie said.
“Working out the correct authorship, artists, and the history of the work to determine what I had in my hands was highly satisfying and challenging. I discovered an interesting gem slipped into Illustrated index of British shells (RB0106): a loose hand-illustrated sheet titled ‘Families of British Shells’, containing a labelled table of 55 shell families (sketched from the book’s plates, with annotations that match annotations throughout book) plus a piece of tracing paper used to create the table. We believe it was created by C.M. Yonge and are working to confirm the handwriting,” she said.
Stephanie Morton, Library Officer, Metadata Services. Photo: Bronwyn McBurnie.

When asked if she had a favourite book in the collection, Anna said it would be very difficult to choose just one. 
“Certainly the ones I’ve already mentioned, simply for their stunning illustrated plates, and an album of 130-year-old pressed seaweeds (RB0130) for the absolute delight of seeing their perfectly preserved beauty. However, being from England and with close family in Norway, there were several items in the collection that struck a personal interest to me while cataloguing them. RB0221, a book on molluscs of the fjords around Bergen, Norway, included a compliments slip from the author which revealed that he was a Reverend of the rectory at Burnmoor, Fence Houses, Country Durham; a church located two minutes from my childhood home and a place I have passed countless times. It was funny to me that this book should land on my desk, in Townsville, North Queensland,” Anna said.

“Discovering handwritten letters stashed between the pages of books has been like finding hidden treasure, such as the letter around 150 years old inside RB0058. The letter provides an index of recently discovered mollusks, with a personal note to the addressee squeezed on the end asking about his wife and children, and whether he has been on any ramblings during the summer,” she said.
A handwritten list of molluscs, hidden between the pages of one of the rare books in the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection. Photo: Trisha Fielding.
“I also enjoyed a little story that I stumbled across from the start of RB0076. Before the author’s voyage to Spitzbergen, Norway, he recalls his visit to Whitby, a North-East England fishing town, where he claims the ‘coastal peasants’ believed that the spiral-shaped stones on the beach were in fact snakes that had been collected by an old lady using spells and incantations to then break their necks and transform them into ‘petrified snakes’. There are so many intriguing stories and hidden treasures (amongst the obvious treasures) in the Yonge Rare Book Collection and it has been an absolute pleasure and professional delight to describe these wonderful items in detail.”

If you missed earlier posts in this series - you can catch up here

* Read more about the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection
** Browse the titles in the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Mental Health Week: 6 - 14 October 2018

Wednesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. This important event is part of Queensland Mental Health Week, which runs from Saturday 6 October to Sunday 14 October.

Queensland Mental Health Week promotes individual and community mental health and wellbeing, boosts awareness of mental illness, stigma and discrimination and celebrates the contribution of the mental health and community sectors. This year's theme is "Value mental health, because our mental health is valuable".

While looking after our mental health should always be a priority, it is especially important during times of added stress, such as when assignments are due or exams are looming. Did you know JCU has some great mental health resources to help students and staff? You can also make a free appointment to see a JCU counsellor.

If you're out and about, both Cairns and Townsville communities have a range of events to celebrate Mental Health Week. You can also access the latest research about mental health through the JCU library.
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52 Book Challenge - Week 41

As is often the way with this Reading Challenge, we find that some of the books we've read for previous weekly challenges fit nicely into another week's challenge as well.

Take this week's challenge, which is:

41. A book with a colour in the title.

Now, we've already reviewed Anne of Green Gables, Pastures of the Blue Crane, The Silver Sword, The Red House Mystery, The Picture of Dorian Gray, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabit,  The Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Thin Red Line. Oh, and a book actually called Colour.

Phew, it's exhausting when you put it like that.

So what can we find to read that we haven't already covered? Well, thankfully the Internet is full of lists that seem useless until you suddenly find a use for them. Like Goodreads list of Books with a Color in the Title, or List Challenges list of Books with Colors in the Title.

It looks like there are plenty of colourful books to be found.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Reading Challenge Week 40 - A book of poetry

Challenge issued
To read a book of poetry
Accepted with thanks

Brenda Carter read The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin.

For this week’s challenge, I decided to revisit a collection of poems I read at university, The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin. I very much enjoy Larkin’s style – droll, insightful, dark at times but always beautifully written.

Larkin himself said that deprivation for him was “what daffodils were for Wordsworth”. “The Whitsun Weddings” is just one poem from this anthology; the poems explore themes on relationships, philosophy and everyday objects and events, and each one has something poignant or profound to say. Larkin manages to capture what is common to all experience and with which we can readily identify, but expresses things in an uncommon way.

Larkin’s life was quite colourful and he shunned popularity, but he was a distinguished librarian for over thirty years and supposedly wrote some of his best work on the job…

If you haven’t read of any of Larkin’s work, The Whitsun Weddings can be found on the shelf at 820 LAR 1B WHI with other anthologies by Larkin close by.

Samantha Baxter read The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis.
The world 'as got me snouted jist a treat;
  Crool Forchin's dirty left 'as smote me soul;
An' all them joys o' life I 'eld so sweet
  Is up the pole.
Fer, as the poit sez, me 'eart 'as got
  The pip wiv yearnin' fer--I dunno wot.
So begins the tale of Bill, who is yearning for something more in life, and then he meets Doreen and what follows is their courtship as Bills turn from a violent gang member to a loving husband.
Despite being familiar with most old Australian slang, I must admit I was glad of the glossary at times.

Each poem The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke (820A DEN 1B SON ANG) builds on the next, so it was a little more like reading an epic poem than a collection of poems. They were originally published in the Bulletin as a serial and I can imagine it was entertaining to read the trials and tribulations of Bill and his ‘sweetheart’ as they unfolded. The poems are quite humorous and the language and ideals are typical of their time (the early 20th century). My favourites are: ‘A spring song’ - I think it captures that aching melancholy we all sometimes get with a light heartedness, and ‘The Play’ - Bill’s retelling of Romeo and Juliet, where he compares his own life and times with that of the Montagues and Capulets in Verona.

Scott Dale read The Dream Songs by John Berryman.

The Dream Songs (810 BER 1B DRE) are not for singing. There are probably some cool jazz cats who could sing their way through these verses, but they were not written to be sung. The “songs” follow a pattern, each have three stanzas with six lines in each stanza. It is the total of these 385 songs that make up the poem. The first volume, 77 Dream Songs, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965. 

There are many characters throughout the poem. The central character is Henry, who is not Berryman. Henry has a friend, never named, who refers to Henry as Mr Bones and variations of that theme.

This is a collection of verse that I can enjoy without knowing exactly what’s going on. There is the potential for quite a lot of head scratching and a perplexed face when reading through the songs. The language changes often and it can be hard to find your way. The more songs I read, the more I enjoyed the poem, resigned to the fact that a great many references were lost on me.

If I were to give this book an emoji rating it would be: confused face, smiling face. 

Sharon Bryan read From a Garden in the Antipodes by Ursula Bethell.

I first read From a Garden in the Antipodes several years ago, and I absolutely fell in love with Mary Ursula Bethell's poetry. I've read several of her other works since then, but I come back to Urusla's Garden every few years or so. It stands up well to re-reading, and it's a lovely place to visit. Every time I walk into a second hand book-shop I keep an eye open for a copy to have for my very own, but unfortunately I haven't been in luck (and the second hand copies that I've found online are too highly priced for my liking).

So I keep borrowing the Collected Poems (820NZ BET 1B COL) from the JCU Library to revisit Ursula's Garden.

From a Garden in the Antipodes was Bethell's first collection of poems, and it pulls together a number of poems that were written as letters to friends. Bethell had moved to back to New Zealand after living for a time in England (where she was born, her family having emigrated to NZ when she was a child), and was making a fist of creating a garden on the other side of the world. The poems really do have a "friendly" quality to them - it feels like you are checking back in with an old friend who moved away.

It's oddly wonderful to hear about whether or not she wants to order shrubs from her gardening catalogue ("Come, let me read this catalogue of shrubs,/ And choose out those with lovely-sounding names"), or how her cat is squashing the plants during his night-time roistering (O Michael, you are at once the enemy/ And the chief ornament of our garden").

The poems are all reasonably short, but they carry you away to sit in Ursula's garden for a moment - and I find reading them has the same soul-nourishing effect as sitting in a real garden often has.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Upcoming EndNote Workshop in Townsville

Have you been thinking, "I should try that EndNote thingy, but I could really do with some sort of introductory session?"

Well, if you're going to be in Townsville on October 9, between 1.00pm and 2.00pm (and you can tear yourself away from the ice cream and coffee at Juliette's), you'll be able to attend an introductory EndNote session!

These sessions are designed to show you the basics of how to get your personal EndNote library set up, how to find records for your journal articles, books, etc to go into your library, and how to use your EndNote library to get your references into Word.

The sessions are free, and you don't need to register. Just come.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 40

How do I love books of poetry? Let me count the ways. I love them, er.. ah.. that is to say... quite a bit, I guess. Can anyone remember how the rest of that poem goes?

What is it about poetry that a few lines can capture the attention of the entire world (or at least, the insert-relevant-language speaking world)?

This week's challenge is:

40. A book of poetry

Now, you may be thinking "didn't we just have a poetry one?" and, yes, the epic poetry challenge was only a few weeks ago - but this is different. You can chose any kind of book of poetry you like.

You can read an anthology of poets from a particular place, or time. You can read a collection of poems from the same poet. You can read a book of poetry that was originally written and published to be a single cohesive work (it's like the poetry equivalent of a classic album, before they put together the "best of" compilations). You can read a novel-in-verse...

Heck, you can read a book of poems based around a theme, like animals or travel, if you like. It's amazing what you can find once you catch the poetry bug.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.