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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.


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)
  • 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.


2013 Reading

This is an incomplete list of books I read in 2013.

  1. Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything by Anonymous January 2013
  2. Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick by Jeremy Dean January 2013
  3. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan March 2013
  4. Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media by Kyle Tennant May 2013
  5. Circle Maker by Mark Batterson May 2013
  6. Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload by Mark Hurst July 2013
  7. Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto by Hugh McGuire and Brian O’Leary September 2013
  8. Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins
  9. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  10. Can You Drink the Cup? by Henri Nouwen

2009 Reading

The books I read in 2009.

  1. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan. Finished January 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1-59856-142-5
  2. Manhood by Steve Biddulph. Finished January 2009. ISBN 0-646-26144-4
  3. Beginning Fatherhood by Warwick Pudney and Judy Cottrell. Finished February 2009. ISBN 1-877178-00-4
  4. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Finished March 2009.
  5. Before your kids drive you crazy, read this! by Nigel Latta. Finished March 2009. ISBN 1-86950-558-1
  6. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Finished April 2009. A very good book, easy to read and thought provoking. ISBN 978009944270
  7. Desert Dawn by Waris Dirie. Finished May 2009. I was very inspired by this book, it has caused me to think differently about what is really necessary to live a worthwhile life. ISBN 1-86049-853-1
  8. The Effective Father by Gordan MacDonald. Finished May 2009. Although written by a Christian author of reasonable reputation, this would be one of the more irritating books I have recently read. It consistently implies that unless you are doing as the author recommends, then you are failing as a father, yet the assumptions made in this book are very middle-class American and this is even more obvious 30 years after the date it was published. ISBN 0-8423-0680-3
  9. The Message of Prayer by Tim Chester. Finished June 2009. I took over a year to finally finish reading this book! It is good and worthy of more application than I have given it. I should read it again. ISBN 0-85111-406-7
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. Finished June 2009. ISBN 0-7475-5099-9
  11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. Finished July 2009. ISBN 0-7475-8108-8
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Finished August 2009. ISBN 978-0-7475-9105-4
  13. Guard Us, Guide Us by JI Packer & Carolyn Nystrom. Finished October 2009. ISBN 978-0-8010-1303-4
  14. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. Finished November 2009. ISBN 1-58134-610-7
  15. Night by Elie Wiesel. Finished December 2009. ISBN 13-978-0-374-50001-6
  16. Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Finished December 2009. ISBN 978-1-4347-6851-3

2012 Reading

Books that I read in 2012

  1. All Blacks Don’t Cry by John Kirwin
  2. edwin + matilda by Laurence Fearnley
  3. I’m Not Crazy Just Bipolar by Wendy K. Williamson
  4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  5. $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
  6. Christians Get Depressed Too by David P. Murray
  7. The Shack by William Paul Young
  8. God in a Brothel by Daniel Walker
  9. The Shan: Refugees Without a Camp by Bernice Koehler Johnson
  10. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  11. Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer
  12. Broken Minds: Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You’re “Losing It” by Steve Bloem and Robyn Bloem May 2012
  13. I Still Believe: Mental Illness and Suicide in the Light of the Christian Faith by Desiree Woodland June 2012
  14. For the Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann July 2012
  15. When Darkness Comes: Saying “No” to Suicide by Angerona S. Love July 2012
  16. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl August 2012
  17. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett September 2012
  18. The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards August 2012
  19. Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time by Claire Diaz-Ortiz August 2012
  20. Devotional Catalyst, Inspiration For Busy Christians Gary Martin September 2012
  21. How Sermons Work by David Murray September 2012
  22. Grieving, Hope and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ by Albert N. Martin September 2012
  23. The Death Of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy October 2012
  24. The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning November 2012
  25. Why We Suffer: A Western Way to Understand and Let Go of Unhappiness by Peter Michaelson November 2012

2010 Reading

Some of the books I read in 2010, I’m sure there must have been more than this but I can’t find the rest of the list!

  1. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. January 2010. ISBN 0-09-976681-7. This would have to be one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. It is not only beautifully written, but it is also beautiful in its depth and empathy and kindness to the old parson Kumalo who is the key character. I would read it again tomorrow but do not have the emotional strength to do it justice – this is a novel that should affect you emotionally.
  2. In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson. April 2010. ISBN 1-56769-089-0