We are now entering the third week of the Reading for Pleasure Summer Challenge, and I’ve decided to use a new app (or different library resource) every week rather than follow the genre prompts. In this post I’ll be talking through the different apps I use.

Week 1 – VLEbooks.com

The first book I am reading is Keep The Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell on vlebooks.com. I’ve been using vlebooks.com for a couple of years (my previous college had a subscription), and it’s where I save my books about study skills and reflective writing. While browsing recently I noticed there was a fiction section so I thought it was a great place to start reading.

Screenshot from vlebooks.com
Screenshot from vlebooks.com

Click here for information on how to access vlebooks.com with your Canterbury Christ Church University account.

Week 2 – BoB (Box of Broadcasts)

Do you know BoB? OK, I know this is a Reading for Pleasure Summer Challenge but I enjoy listening to plays.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) screenshot
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) screenshot

Click here for information on how to access BoB with your Canterbury Christ Church University account.

Week 3 – BrowZine

I try to keep reading academically during the summer holidays, even if it’s not related to my degree. BrowZine is great for that. I often read journals before bed and find that reading outside of my subject area is a good way to tire myself out – or inspire me! When studying I can get so absorbed in my work that it’s easy to forget there are other disciplines out there.

Screenshot from Browzine app
Screenshot from Browzine app

Week 4 – Libby

Libby is new to me, and I’ve just started finding my way around the app.

Screenshot of Libby
Screenshot of Libby

Some of my fellow students have reviewed Libby in this blog previously; check out Rhiannon’s thoughts of Libby here and Leanne’s experience here. If you need help accessing Libby there’s a guide here.

Week 5 – Minecraft Education Edition

While technically not a book, you do have access to the Minecraft Education Edition free trial when you can access with your Canterbury Christ Church University account.

Minecraft Education Edition has lots of lessons including Lessons in Good Trouble:

Screenshot from Lessons in Good Trouble on Minecraft Education Edition
Screenshot from Lessons in Good Trouble on Minecraft Education Edition

There are literature, and art-related, activities you can do in the lessons such as explore The City of Florence or the world of Fantastic Mr. Fox, visit a museum or a shipwreck.

Week 6 – Library Search

We all know library search. Whether you’re accessing the library in person or online, library search is the best starting point. In addition to searching the library, you can also search the CCCU Research Space Repository.

Screenshot of the library catalogue
Screenshot of the library catalogue

And if you cannot find what you’re looking for, you can send the team an email.

You can find out more about the Reading for Pleasure Summer Challenge by following the Instagram and Twitter.