Monday, January 5, 2015

Year's End - 2014

It’s been a while since the last update and for that I apologize. Work (I do have an actual job outside of reading, hah) and personal projects have kept me crazy busy over the last few months. As well, the amount of submissions has slowed down quite a bit so new posts were lacking.

A quick recap of the last few months:

- The Biblio-Mat had its two year birthday, complete with cake, candlelight, Edison cylinder phonograph, and alcohol, of course. It’s still one of my favourite things about this wonderful city.

It's a party!

Killing it like it's 1899.

The terrible twos?

- I went to the Antiquarian Bookfair at the Art Gallery of Ontario (free for AGO members!). In addition to the Monkey’s Paw booth of curiosities there were some very amazing things to see. Held a $30,000 copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from 1608, found a few signed copies of Breakfast of Champions that were a digit more than what I was willing to spend, and marveled at a first edition of The Great Gatsby complete with the original dustjacket (one of only about 8 known copies in existence, which commanded a six figure price).

Right at home.

- Received the last book to come out of the Biblio-Mat in 2014 after it was cleaned out by Christmas shoppers. Also managed to pick up an incredible Latin edition of Winnie the Pooh. It will join the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass on my shelf-of-motivation-for-learning- dead-languages.
I've done worse with the Biblio-Mat.

How could you not like this?
Looking back, it was a fun year that was more laid back than 2013 where I undertook the whole reading 52 random book in 52 weeks project. New blog posts will be fewer and further in between as new projects get underway but the random book machine will always be plowing along.  


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