2018 Reading

Currently Reading

These are the books I am reading right now

  • Praying Hyde by Captain E.G. Carre. I became interested to learn more about John Hyde while reading Hearing God’s Voice by Henry and Richard Blackaby. Hyde was certainly an extraordinary man of prayer.
  • A Victorian Naturalist, Beatrix Potter’s Drawings from the Armitt Collection by Eileen Jay, Mary Noble & Anne Stevenson Hobbs. A magnificent book featuring impressive scientific illustrations of fungi by Beatrix Potter. Her cute animal stories are only the tip of her amazing talents as an artist.

Slow Reads

There are some books that I intentionally read slowly in order to let their message sink in or to enjoy the experience of digesting smaller morsels that are rich in meaning.

  • Holy Bible (ESV)
  • Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett

The books I have read so far in 2018

This list is in the order that I read these books.

  1. The Freedom Diaries by Mark Holloway. 3/10 Finished 4 January 2018. (ISBN 978-0-473-25184-0)
  2. Big Blue Sky, a memoir by Peter Garrett. 8/10 Really enjoyed this book, well written and about someone I’ve long admired. He manages to make even politics interesting, though confirms that I wouldn’t last 5 minutes in that realm. The Midnight Oil Great Circle tour in 2017 is a fitting way for Peter Garrett to round out his career. Finished 18 January 2018. (ISBN 978-1-76063-274-8)
  3. Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert. 7/10 Finished 22 January 2018. A well written and understandable book about global warming.
    The conclusions of this book are actually quite frightening, especially as we are seeing more extreme weather events every year.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. 7/10 Finished 22 January 2018. Written as a play/stage production, a format I personally dislike to read. However, the story is reasonably interesting and brings out some more elements of certain characters. (978-0-7515-6535-5)
  5. Breathless by Dean Koontz. 6/10 Finished 23 January 2018. An easy and enjoyable read but I found the story a bit disjointed jumping between seemingly unrelated plot lines which had an implied resolution but were not actually tied together by the conclusion of the book.  (ISBN 978-0-00-790986-5)
  6. Hearing God’s Voice by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby 6/10 Finished 25 January 2018. I enjoyed this book, practical and biblically based.

In the Pipeline

Books in my to read’ pile. This stack tends to grow quicker than I can get through it.

  • River of Blood (Tales of the Waiatoto) by John Breen. My Dad worked with and is good friends with the author of this book so I want to read it partly for that reason and also because it gives the history and lore of the Haast area of West Coast of the South Island.
  • The Loser by Peter Ustinov
  • The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky (ISBN 978-0-374-52617-7)
  • A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver (ISBN 978-0-15-672400-5)
  • Finally Alive by John Piper (ISBN 978-1-84550-421-2)
  • Shakespeare’s Tragedies
  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott (ISBN 978-0-8308-3320)
  • Mr Maui’s Monologues by Peter Bland (ISBN 978-1-877448-27-0)
  • 1 Samuel, Looking on the Heart by Dale Ralph Davis (ISBN 978-1-85792-516-6)
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (ISBN 978-0-00-735084-1)
  • How to Write a Poem by Tania Runyan (ISBN 978-1-943-12012-3)
  • Selected Poems by William Bronk (ISBN 0-8112-1314-5)

Inspiration for this page: Kevin Simler

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