Monthly Archives: December 2011

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

An Abundance of Katherines Feeling like there is a piece of you missing is something everybody will recognize I think. We all at some point in our lives, most likely in adolescence, feel incomplete. That’s just human. It probably happens every time something changes in your life you weren’t prepared for. We often search for our missing piece through our connections with others. (We are herd-animals after all.) Everyone does this, we might call it a different name, but we feel we need others to be complete.
The missing piece and trying to figure oneself out is something that resonated with me in An Abundance of Katherines. I hope this bookmark will give the next reader a sense of recognition.

I made the bookmark with a mechanical pencil, watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. It looks a bit smoother in real life, my scanner always pics up a lot of tiny detail (and scans the image a bit lighter than it is).

An Abundance of Katherines - 19 keer Katherine

My English copy of An Abundance of Katherines next to the Dutch edition from the library (19 keer Katherine, I think it would’ve been better if they’d spelled out 19, Negentien keer Katherine). If a book is written in English I prefer to read it in English, although I am always curious about how good the translation is. Translating seems to me like such an incredibly difficult profession! You have to be fluent in both languages, be a good writer, and keep true to the style and voice of the original. 19 keer Katherine is a good translation, it still feels like An Abundance of Katherines. The only things that are really different are the anagrams and that is by necessity.

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The concept

Almost three years ago I came up with an idea that I never put to practice, until now.
I wrote about it in Dutch on my blog and wondered if I ever would actually do it, or if someone else would. Now I’m going to try, and I hope lots of people will join me.

This is the concept:

1• Get blanc cards.
2• Be a member of the library.
3• Borrow a book and read it.
4• Take one of your cards and make a bookmark out of it that relates to the book you’ve just read. You can draw, paint, play with typography or just write, be creative!
5• Scan/Take a picture of the bookmark.
6• Put the image in a blog post here and write about what in the book inspired you for the bookmark.
7• Write the link to this blog on the back of the bookmark.
8• Put your bookmark in the library book and return it to your library.
9• Repeat steps 1-8.

Would the librarians remove the bookmark or leave it for the new reader to see? Will people appreciate the bookmark and want to keep it or will they throw it out or leave it in the book for the next person? Will they get curious enough to come to this website or will it fade into obscurity? Will I be the only one doing this or will people all over the world want to join me or start their own version of the project. Getting more bookmarks into libraries everywhere would be a lot more awesome then just the few I made in my library. Maybe someone will read a book, see the bookmark and make one of their own to put with it. I hope this project will grow and everybody who wants to can join in.

What do you think? Leave me a comment!

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