Poems I have read in 2018

Poems that I have read in 2018

  1. Ogre by Emma Neale (Spark).
  2. Spell by Emma Neale (Spark).
  3. Lucky dip by Emma Neale (Spark).
  4. Renewal by Emma Neale (Spark).
  5. Going to sleep by Emma Neale (Spark).
  6. Ride to Banburry Cross by Emma Neale (Spark).
  7. Mirror by Emma Neale (Spark).
  8. The science fair by Emma Neale (Spark).
  9. The first stone by Emma Neale (Spark).
  10. Chronoslide by Emma Neale (Spark).
  11. Abecedarian by Emma Neale (Spark).
  12. The early life of Marc Chagall by Emma Neale (Spark).
  13. Yellow Opus by Emma Neale (Spark).
  14. Night feeds by Emma Neale (Spark).
  15. Exposure by Emma Neale (Spark).
  16. Skin by Emma Neale (Spark).
  17. Mansfield Park by Emma Neale (Spark).
  18. Kid gloves by Emma Neale (Spark).
  19. The Annihilation of Matter by William Bronk (Selected Poems).
  20. Blue Spruces in Pairs, a Bird Bath Between by William Bronk (Selected Poems).
  21. We want the Mark of Time by William Bronk (Selected Poems).
  22. At Tikal by William Bronk (Selected Poems).
  23. In deed by Emma Neale (Spark).
  24. Open home by Emma Neale (Spark).
  25. Divorce by Emma Neale (Spark).
  26. Buzz track by Emma Neale (Spark).
  27. Loving a mountaineer by Emma Neale (Spark).
  28. Traveller overdue by Emma Neale (Spark).
  29. Metonymy as an Approach to a Real World by William Bronk (Selected Poems).
  30. Anderson’s Bay by Emma Neale (Spark).
  31. Whakatane by Emma Neale (Spark).
  32. Reversal by Emma Neale (Spark).
  33. Lyric by Emma Neale (Spark).
  34. Cropped by Emma Neale (Spark).
  35. Ecology: A future history by Emma Neale (Spark).
  36. Truth as a Far Country; as a Piteous Ogre by William Bronk (Selected Poems).
  37. Embarrassment of riches by Emma Neale (Spark).
  38. Mend by Emma Neale (Spark).
  39. In the swim by Emma Neale (Spark).
  40. Warm spell by Emma Neale (Spark).
  41. Water colours by Emma Neale (Spark).

How I slowly read the internet

Now that I’ve misled you with that headline, I should clarify that I slowly read select snippets of content from the internet. As my wife has told our kids, “You can’t watch the whole internet!” and neither could I read the whole internet (obviously).

The system

I am constantly finding stuff I want read on the internet. Much of it is from blog posts or news articles, some is reference material that I want to save, books I want to find more about before deciding whether to add them to my reading list, things I’d like to buy but cannot afford, quotes, poems, the list seems to be endless. Rather than deciding for certain whether I will actually read any of this stuff up front, I simply save it into Evernote, my default tool for consolidating all this junk into one place. I use a paid account (currently the Plus tier at US$44 per year) which allows me to save up to 1GB of new stuff per month which is sufficient for my needs. There is a free version but I always exceed the maximum amount you can save on that.

Evernote has a tool called the ‘web clipper’ which copies a web page and saves it to my list of notes. The way I typically use this is to save the ‘simplified article’ version which effectively grabs the text, some images (not always all of them, this can be annoying) but minimal formatting and usually it leaves comments and advertisements out. As part of this saved file the original web address is included, an essential factor in how I finally use these notes.

So I end up with a huge folder in Evernote which I call my ‘inbox’. This contains everything I’ve saved but not sorted into other folders (Evernote calls them notebooks). Aside from a few specific notebooks such as one I call my ‘wish list’ (for all those things I’d like but can’t afford) and ‘to watch’ (for videos I can’t legitimately watch on my work computer!) I just work directly from my inbox which is sorted so that the most recently modified items are at the top of the list. This sort order is key to how my process works.

The reading

When I have time to do some reading I simply begin with whatever is at the top of the pile of notes, if that’s not appealing at the moment I scroll down until I find something that is. Then my weirdness kicks in… As I read a paragraph and move onto the next one I plonk the cursor at the end of the stuff I have read and keep a finger on the delete key. Visually this looks slightly odd on the screen as the stuff I have read is slowly deleted and what I’ve not yet read gradually moves up the screen. It seems daft, but I find that by doing this it is much easier to visually keep my place in what I’m reading and the slowness of the delete action causes me to slow down my reading and actually read it rather than scanning as I do on a normal web page. It also functions as a bookmark because what I’ve already read is deleted so I just pickup at the top of the remaining text. If I need to go back to stuff earlier in the article I still have a link to the original article.

Self-ordering

Because this is how I always use Evernote, my huge pile of 4244 notes (at exactly now, it will change throughout the day) is always sorted with what I most recently was reading at the top of the list. In most cases, what I want to look at first is likely to be the stuff in the top of this pile of notes so it’s reasonably easy to find. Other times I decide to let serendipity play a role and randomly scroll towards the bottom of my list to see what I saved a few years ago that is still in there. This can be a good way to find topic fodder for blog posts because it is a trove of interesting stuff that I’ve seen before, chosen to keep, but not done anything specific with it yet.

This is also where sorting of my notes tends to happen – once something has sat in my notebook for a while I’m in a better place to see whether it is worth reading or is a topic that is no longer of interest so can be safely thrown out. I find that such decisions are better made at leisure some time after the initial “Oh, I should read that,” moment has passed. It is an easy thing to clip stuff as I encounter it and then worry about sorting it later. (You may notice that this all works on the principle of the self-ordering heap, as I’ve written about previously.)

Slow

An inherent ‘limitation’ of this system is that the rate at which I read my notes is much slower than if I used something like Instapaper or Pocket, both of which I have used and are excellent ‘read-later’ apps. With those apps the rate at which I read is much faster, but there is a corresponding decrease in how much I remember. My Evernote approach is slower and clunky in comparison but the inefficiencies of reading slower, seeing the same article several times sitting on the top of my list and being sorted by last modified means that a sort of visual map is built in my mind of the topics I’ve been digging into recently and this can enable connections about stuff that is not topically related by is temporally related simply due to when I happened to see it in my list of notes.

2018 Reading

Updated: 19 Febraury 2018

Currently Reading

These are the books I am reading right now:

  • 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke.
  • Hearing God in Conversation by Samuel C. Williamson
  • 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.

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.
    7. Praying Hyde by Captain E.G. Carre. 6/10 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. Finished 27 January 2018.
    8. The White Notebook by André Gide. 4/10 I began reading this over a year ago and soon tired of the flowery, self obsessed writing. Finally finished it but not an enjoyable read. Finished 28 January 2018.
    9. A Victorian Naturalist, Beatrix Potter’s Drawings from the Armitt Collection by Eileen Jay, Mary Noble & Anne Stevenson Hobbs. 7/10 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. Finished 29 January 2018.
    10. Demonsouled by Jonathan Miller. 5/10 I felt like a light read over the weekend and picked this up free in the Kindle store. It fitted the purpose, not especially well written but not bad and the storyline was interesting enough to keep me reading. Finished 4 February 2018.
    11. My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul. 8/10 I loved this book. It is effectively a story about the love of reading and contained numerous reader idiosyncrasies that I could identify with. Kindle version. Finished 18 February 2018.
    12. Spark by Emma Neale Finished 21 February 2018. (see Poems I have read in 2018)

In the Pipeline

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

  • 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

Always an idea

I read to discover meaning.

Obviously there is meaning in the words I read. But there is much more than that. I keep reading to experience the jolt of realisation when something finally clicks.

It’s this jarring shock which keeps me searching, drives me to read more.

I read to not understand.

The emotional impact of a poem that baffles me.

Reading is an exploration of the human condition, seeking the edges, searching for the core. Pursuing a phrase that smacks me out of the mundane into profundity. It is a drug, an elusive hit hidden within text. When I find it tectonic shifts of insight occur, a tsunami washes away the dross of trivia.

The effect can last for hours, days, weeks even. Then the search continues for another hit, never knowing where it might be found; a web article, a book, a poem, graffiti in the street. I can’t describe what it might look like, could be a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph or a chapter.

Always it is an idea.

2006 Reading

A partial list of books that I read in 2006

  1. The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander, January 2006 ISBN 0-525-45415-2
  2. Golden Deeds by Catherine Chidley, January 2006 ISBN 0-86473-384-4
  3. Backyard Battlefield by Ruud Kleinpaste, January 2006 ISBN 1-86941-691-0
  4. Time Management by Harvard Business School, March 2006 ISBN 1-59139-633-6. Mostly common sense really, not much real depth to any of the topics.
  5. Thriving in 24/7 (Six Strategies for Taming the New World of Work), by Sally Helgesen March 2006 ISBN 0-684-87303-6. All this book really told me is that my own intuition is better than what the life coaches have to say!
  6. Easy Step by Step Guide to Stress and Time Management by Brian Lomas, March 2006 ISBN 0-9532987-3-6
  7. Time Management for Dummies by Jeffrey J. Meyer, March 2006 ISBN 1-56884-360-7
  8. FileMaker Pro 8 The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey & Susan Prosser, April 2006 ISBN 0-596-00579-2
  9. Too busy NOT to Pray by Bill Hybels, May 2006 ISBN 0-85110-896-2
  10. Brendan Chase by ‘BB’ (with illustrations by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford), June 2006 ISBN 0-416-58830-1

2005 Reading

Books that I read in 2005

  1. The Mind Map Book by Tony & Barry BuzanJanuary 2005 ISBN 0-563-48701-1
  2. Raising Boys (2nd Edition) by Steve BiddulphFebruary 2005 ISBN 1-876451-50-5
  3. Too Busy NOT to Pray by Bill HybelsFebruary 2005 ISBN 0-85110-896-2
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling February 2005 ISBN 0-7475-3849-2
  5. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. LewisMarch 2005 ISBN 0-330-02172-9
  6. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff at Work by Richard CarlsonApril 2005 ISBN 1-86325-184-7. Rather light and fluffy, mildly encouraging but really just common sense and nothing especially enlightening.
  7. Peacetime by Robert EdricApril 2005 ISBN 0385-602979
  8. God’s Books, Genetics & Genesis by Graeme FinlayApril 2005 ISBN-0-476-00651-1
  9. The Problem of Pain by C.S. LewisApril 2005 ISBN 0-00-624567-6
  10. Evolution From Creation to New Creation by Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlet May 2005 ISBN 0-687-02374-2. A very interesting and balanced discussion of the various viewpoints and what I consider to be a useful and probably fairly correct theory of how evolution and Christian theology can be reconciled
  11. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (illustrated by Nicola Bayley 2005) June 2005 ISBN 0-7445-8643-7
  12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. RowlingJune 2005 ISBN 0-7475-5099-9
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of The Pheonix by J.K. RowlingJuly 2005 ISBN 0-7475-5100-6
  14. Habitat of Grace (Biology, Christianity and the global environmental crisis) by Carolyn M. King July 2005 ISBN 0-9586-3998-1. I did not find this an easy book to read, partly due to writing style, but mostly because it challenged some very deeply held ideas and did not give much in the way of useful substitutes for all the Christian beliefs that it tried to demolish. From reading this book I end up wondering if the author would in fact be a Christian if that means believing in an historical Christ who was crucified and raised from the dead in bodily form. Some interesting ideas in this book, but really it has done absolutely nothing for my own faith.
  15. Perelandra by C.S. LewisJuly 2005 ISBN 0-02-086900-2
  16. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. RowlingJuly 2005 ISBN 0-7475-8108-8
  17. The Case For Christ by Lee StrobelJuly 2005 ISBN 0-310-22655-4
  18. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet MarillierAugust 2005 ISBN 0-330-36193-7
  19. The Haunting of Lara Lawson by Christine Johnston September 2005 ISBN 1-86950-155-1
  20. Goodbye Molly McGuire by Christine JohnstonSeptember 2005 ISBN 1-86950-135-7
  21. A Friend of Jack McGuire by Christine Johnston September 2005 ISBN 1-86950-208-6
  22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling September 2005 ISBN 0-7475-8108-8
  23. Book Book by Fiona FarrellOctober 2005 ISBN 1-86941-619-8
  24. The Shark Bell by Christine JohnstonOctober 2005 ISBN 0-14-301824-8
  25. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling October 2005 ISBN 0-7475-4629
  26. The Secret of Happy Children by Steve BiddulphNovember 2005 ISBN 0-85835-815-8
  27. In A Fishbone Church by Catherine Chidgey November 2005 ISBN 0-86473-335-6
  28. I Am David by Anne Holm December 2005 ISBN 0-7497-0136-6
  29. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling December 2005 ISBN 0-7475-5099-9

2004 Reading

The books I read in 2004.

  1. Writing Fiction: An introduction to the craft by Garry Disher. Finished January 2004. ISBN 1-86508-589-8.
  2. The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber. Finished January 2004. ISBN 0-88730-728-0. Basically sings the prasies of companies such as McDonalds which are franchised and operate on the basis of very tightly controlled systems with minimal creativity.
  3. Mastering Fiction Writing by Kit Reed. Finished January 2004. ISBN 0-89879-479-X.
  4. Timing is Everything by Denis Waitley. Finished January 2004. ISBN ISBN 0-8407-9163-1.
  5. A Passion for Life (Young New Zealanders Doing Business) by Rebecca Wilson and Bronwyn Evans. Finished January 2004. ISBN 0-908704-87-9.
  6. Sieze The Day by Danny Cox and John Hoover. Finished February 2004. ISBN 1-56414-607-3.
  7. Sur/petition by Edward De Bono. Finished February 2004. In a word; crap. ISBN 0-88730-599-7.
  8. Why We Buy (The Science of Shopping) by Paco Underhill. Finished February 2004. A fascinating and amusing book about observations on how people actually behave in shops and why shop designers need to consider how stuff works in the real world. ISBN 0-684-84913-5.
  9. Questions of Life by Nicky Gumbel. Finished March 2004. ISBN 0-85476-591-3.
  10. J.K. Rowling (A Biography) by Sean Smith. Finished March 2004. ISBN 1-85479-820-0.
  11. Reading Harry Potter (Critical essays) by Giselle Liza Anatol (Editor). Finished April 2004. ISBN 0-313-32067-5.
  12. 500 Tips for Research Students by Sally Brown, Liz McDowell and Phil Race. Finished April 2004. There is some really good stuff in this book. ISBN 0-7494-1767-6.
  13. Joni by Joni Eareckson. Finished April 2004. ISBN 0-310-23961-3.
  14. Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame. Finished April 2004. ISBN 1-86941-129-3.
  15. Writing the Laboratory Notebook by Howard M. Kanare. Finished April 2004. A really useful reminder of the significance of lab notebooks and the importance of keeping an accurate, detailed and permanent record of research done. ISBN 0-8412-0906-5.
  16. Fear No evil (A personal struggle with cancer) by David Watson. Finished April 2004. ISBN 0-340-34641-8.
  17. The Cartoon Guide To Statistics by Larry Gonick and Woollcott Smith. Finished May 2004. ISBN 0-06-273102-5.
  18. Fundamentals of Clinical Trials by Lawrence M. Friedman, Curt Furberg and David L. DeMets. Finished May 2004. ISBN-0-387-98586-7
  19. Pharmaceutical Statistics by David Jones. Finished May 2004. ISBN 0-85369-425-7
  20. The Natural History of Weasels & Stoats by Carolyn King. Finished May 2004. ISBN 0-8014-2428-3.
  21. Statistics Without Tears A Primer For Non-mathematicians by Derek Rowntree. Finished May 2004. A really useful little book – suddenly some statistical concepts seem much clearer!
  22. The Shaman’s Stone by Hugh Scott. Finished May 2004. ISBN 0-571-14111-0
  23. The Authoritative Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Finished May 2004. ISBN 0-8362-1822-1
  24. Preparing Scientific Illustrations by Mary Helen Briscoe. Finished June 2004. ISBN 0-387-94581-4
  25. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. Finished June 2004. ISBN 0-7475-5100-6
  26. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. Finished June 2004. ISBN 0-340-17930-9
  27. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Finished June 2004. ISBN 0-261-10325-3
  28. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Finished July 2004. ISBN 0-552-14951-9
  29. Too Busy NOT to pray by Bill Hybels. Finished July 2004. ISBN 0-85110-896-2
  30. Billy (The Complete Life Story Of A Comic Genius) by Pamela Stephenson. Finished August 2004. ISBN 0-00-7110928
  31. the petty details of so-and-so’s life by Camilla Gibb. Finished September 2004. A really good novel. ISBN 0-434-00977-6
  32. The Treekeepers by Susan McGee Britton. Finished October 2004. ISBN 0-525-46944-3
  33. The Triumph of Narrative (Storytelling in the Age of mass Culture) by Robert Fulford. Finished October 2004. ISBN 0-88789-645-9
  34. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Finished October 2004. ISBN 0-7475-3274-5
  35. Wren To The Rescue by Sherwood Smith. Finished October 2004. ISBN 0-15-200975-2
  36. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. Finished October 2004. ISBN 1-86197-6127
  37. A Plague of Sorcerers by Mary Frances Zambreno. Finished November 2004. ISBN 0-15-262430-9

2008 Reading

There are a finite number of hours in my life, and only a limited number of books that I can read. Realistically, I can easily read one book per month; 12 books per year; 396 books before I am 70.
In choosing books to read, try to aim for literature that will enrich my soul – opt for quality rather than quantity.

  1. Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen. Finished January 2008. (2001) ISBN 0-14-200028-0. This is probably the first productivity book to have truly changed the way I approach managing my work (and been effective).
  2. Future Grace by John Piper. Finished February 2008. ISBN 1-59052-191-9.
  3. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. Finished March 2008. ISBN 1-877178-00-4
  4. The Dip by Seth Godin. Finished April 2008. ISBN 978-0-7499-2830-8.
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Finished April 2008. ISBN 1-86350-029-4
  6. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Finished May 2008. ISBN 0-00-628054-4
  7. Getting Unstuck by Timothy Butler. Finished May 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1-4221-0225-1
  8. Closer Than Your Skin by Susan D. Hill Finished June 2008 ISBN 978-1-4000-7382-5
  9. Stress Less by Averil Overton Finished June 2008 ISBN 1-86941-671-6
  10. Simplicity by Edward De Bono Finished June 2008
  11. Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg Finished July 2008 ISBN 1-892005-02-6
  12. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore Finished July 2008 ISBN 987-1-58542-552-5
  13. Meditation in a New York Minute by Mark Thornton Finished July 2008 ISBN 1-59179-429-3. The first half of this book has some ideas which could apply to prayer, but fundamentally I disagree with what the author is saying.
  14. The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper Finished August 2008 ISBN 0-8010-7112-7. A book well worth reading again.
  15. George Müller, Delighted in God by Roger Steer Finished September 2008 ISBN 0-340-26709-7. I am very impressed by the life of George Müller and would like to read more about him, especially what he wrote himself.
  16. Grace Abounding To the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan Finished October 2008
  17. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan Finished November 2008 ISBN 1-85326-468-7

My Giant List of Books to Read

Books I Intend to Read

These are books I already own because at some point I have decided that I want to read them.

The lists below are not in any particular order, though I have split them into hardcopy vs Kindle to help me keep track of where each book is located and have separated out poetry books because I like to see what poetry books I’ve got in a list of their own.

Poetry

I read poetry books fairly slowly, but also like to read them multiple times. I prefer reading poetry from ‘real’ books (paper ones) so these are mostly hard copy books, the few Kindle versions are marked as such.

  • Unholy Sonnets by Mark Jarman (ISBN 1-885266-87-1)
  • Poems of Nazim Hikmet (ISBN 978-0-89255-274-0)
  • Electric Light by Seamus Heaney (Kindle)
  • Second Sky by Tania Runyan
  • A Selection of Poetry by Christopher Smart
  • Antonio Machado: Selected Poems by Antonio Machado
  • Collected Poems by Ted Hughes
  • The Complete Poems by Walt Whitman
  • Selected Poems of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound
  • Nine Horses by Billy Collins
  • Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück
  • These Intricacies by Dave Harrity
  • The Poems by W.B. Yeats
  • Complete Poems by Marianne Moore (Kindle)
  • The Complete Poems by Walt Whitman (Kindle)
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Poetical Works by Edgar Allan Poe (Kindle)
  • The Complete English Poems by George Herbert (Kindle)
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (Kindle)
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare (Kindle)
  • A Shelterless Man by Chris Bell (Kindle)
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Kindle)
  • Lunch Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) by Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery
  • Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser

Hard Copy (Paper) Books

I really like real books but for some reason it is often easier to pick up my Kindle for short bursts of reading so I tend to get through more Kindle books than paper ones.

  • The Cross of Christ by John R. W. Stott
  • The Evil of Evils: The Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin by Jeremiah Burroughs
  • Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • How to Write a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem “Introduction to Poetry” by Tania Runyan
  • The Letter to the Ephesians by Peter T. O’Brien
  • A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
  • The Suicidal Mind by Edwin S. Shneidman
  • The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit by Walter Brueggemann
  • Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann by Walter Brueggemann & Edwin Searcy
  • The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom by Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • A Journey to Victorious Praying: Finding Discipline and Delight in Your Prayer Life by Bill Thrasher
  • Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word by Joshua Choonmin Kang & Dallas Willard
  • Can You Drink the Cup? by Henri J. M. Nouwen & Ron Hansen
  • The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo
  • Prayer by John Bunyan
  • 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity by Dale Ralph Davis
  • 1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart by Dale Ralph Davis
  • Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera by Bryan Peterson
  • Communion with God by John Owen
  • The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God’s Plan for Humanity by Daniel P. Fuller
  • How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
  • Psalms 1-72 by Derek Kidner
  • Psalms 73-150 by Derek Kidner
  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 1
  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 2
  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 3
  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 4
  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 5
  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 6
  • Church History by Eusebius
  • The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry Garrard
  • Living in the Maniototo by Janet Frame
  • Stories and Poems by Janet Frame
  • The Book of Acts by F.F. Bruce
  • By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine by Saint Augustine
  • Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary by Harold W. Hoehner
  • The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo

Kindle Books

Why the preference for Kindle books? Mostly it comes down to price and availability – living in New Zealand means that books are really expensive here and the selection in local book shops is quite limited. As you may note from this page, my taste are not exactly mainstream or popular culture so I purchase a lot of my books online. Shipping to NZ from Europe or the US is expensive and slow, whereas ebooks have no shipping costs associated with them and delivery is instant (though the size of this list indicates that a book will sit on my ‘shelf’ for a lot longer than it would take to be shipped here!).

Another reason why I have so many Kindle books is that I have picked up many of them free or very cheap on sale at a rate faster than I could read them.

2017 Reading

What I’m Currently Reading

This page is what I think of as my ‘reading pipeline’. Here you will find the books I’m currently in the process of reading (I tend to have a few on the go at once as different books suit different moods and levels of concentration), a few of the books in the queue to be read next (unless something else catches my interest before I get to them), and then the books I have finished reading this year.

When I read a book, I read the whole thing. I know many folks recommend abandoning books that are not particularly interesting and to skim books to get the gist of them. I don’t do that. If I decide to read a book I keep going until I get right through it, sometimes this can take over a year as I read other stuff in between visits to a less interesting book but I do like to complete the books I start. Perhaps this is a waste of time but it’s my time and I’d rather waste it reading a boring book than dicking around on Facebook.

Currently Reading

These are the books I am reading right now ()

  • The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit by Reuben Archer Torrey
  • Hearing God’s Voice by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. (Kindle edition) Not anticipating quick progress through this book, I’m not really the target audience.
  • A Victorian Naturalist, Beatrix Potter’s Drawings from the Armitt Collection by Eileen Jay, Mary Noble & Anne Stevenson Hobbs. A magnificant 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.
  • Big Blue Sky, a memoir by Peter Garrett. Really enjoying this book, well written and about someone I’ve long admired.

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.

The books I have read so far in 2017

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

  1. Anticipation: An Advent Reader by Jon Swanson. 6/10 Finished 9 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. 1/10 Finished 7 January 2017. (Kindle edition) (An awful book, by a snake oil salesman.)
  3. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin. 8/10 Finished 12 January 2017. (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) (Kindle edition)
  4. Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life by Douglas Wilson. 8/10 Finished 10 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  5. Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior by Suzanne Davis. 6/10 Finished 17 Jan 2017. (Kindle edition)
  6. How To Set Goals by Craig Ballantyne. 3/10 Finished 18 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  7. The Flinch by Julien Smith. 3/10 Finished 19 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  8. The Grace of Repentance by Sinclair B. Ferguson. 8/10 Finished 19 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  9. Pray, Write, Grow by Ed Cyzewski. 7/10 Finished 22 January 2017. (Kindle edition)
  10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin. 8/10 Finished 19 February 2017. (Kindle edition) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)
  11. Let Us Pray by Watchman Nee. 6/10 Finished 25 February 2017. (Kindle edition)
  12. The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture by Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove. 4/10 Finished 7 March 2017. (Kindle edition)
  13. Buy Buttons: The Fast-Track Strategy to Make Extra Money and Start a Business in Your Spare Time by Nick Loper. 5/10 Finished 12 March 2017. (Kindle edition)
  14. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eval. 6/10 Finished 27 March 2017. (Kindle edition)
  15. Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder by Jim Phelps. 8/10 Finished 9 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  16. Will It Fly? by Pat Flynn. 6/10 Finished 16 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  17. How to Breed a Rabbit by Sarah Martin. 4/10 Finished 17 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  18. The Little Book of Thinking Errors: A Self Help Guide to Changing Unhelpful Thoughts by Kevin M. O’Doherty. 5/10 Finished 22 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  19. Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing by L.L. Barkat. 7/10 Finished 30 April 2017. (Kindle edition)
  20. Do Open: How a simple email newsletter can transform your business by David Hieatt. 6/10 Finished 25 May 2017. (Kindle edition)
  21. Battles Christians Face by Vaughan Roberts. 5/10 Finished 4 June 2017. (Kindle edition)
  22. 10 Things Girls Need Most by Steve Biddulph. 8/10 Finished 5 June 2017. (Kindle edition)
  23. How to Write a Poem by Sean O,Neill. 7/10 Finished 1 July 2017. (Kindle edition)
  24. My Way or the Highway: The Micromanagement Survival Guide by Harry E. Chambers. 7/10 Finished 2 July 2017. (Kindle Edition).
  25. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. 2/10 Finished 7 July 2017. (Kindle edition) (Similar ideas to ‘Think and Grow Rich’ but better written and not as absurd).
  26. The Corruption of Malcolm Gladwell by Yashua Levine. 4/10 Finished 15 July 2017. (Kindle edition) An obviously biased perspective but does give some insight into what may lie behind some of Malcolm Gladwell’s writing.
  27. The Demise of Guys by Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan. 3/10 Finished 1 August 2017. (Kindle edition) A somewhat longwinded and repetitive opining that porn and video games are ruining a generation of man-boys.
  28. Can I Have Joy in My Life by R.C. Sproul. 7/10 Finished 9 August 2017. (Kindle edition) A short book about the source and cultivation of Christian joy. I’d love to have a longer, more in-depth version by this same author
  29. Pray Like It Matters by Steve Gaines. 4/10 Finished 13 September 2017. (Kindle edition).
  30. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz. 7/10 Finished 30 September 2017. (Kindle edition).
  31. The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success by Wayne Breitbarth. 4/10 Finished 5 October 2017. (Kindle edition). Could have learned all that is in this book through blogs and LinkedIn help.
  32. Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett 7/10 Finished 8 October 2017. (ISBN 0 552 14235 2)
  33. Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson 5/10 Finished 13 October 2017. (Kindle edition).
  34. Surfing for God by Michael John Cusick 7/10 Finished 29 October 2017.
  35. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Kindle edition). 8/10 Finished 29 November 2017. I read this book when in my twenties and was impressed with it then, but reading it now makes me amazed at how young and stupid I must have been not to see more in it. I guess also our society has progressed rapidly along the path of elevating the pursuit of happiness to being the ultimate good to which all strive. This particular edition has an interesting essay by the author written about 30 years after he wrote the story.

Other People’s ‘Reading’ Pages

What make the internet great is the ability to see what others do and learn from it, so here is where I have learned from others:

Inspiration for this page: Kevin Simler