2018 Reading

Updated: 13 March 2018

Currently Reading

These are the books I am reading right now:

  • The Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson (ISBN 978-1-5011-4722-7)
  • 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke. This is a good book. Every time I read from it I am inspired to spend time with God and read my Bible.
  • 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.

    • These Intricacies by Dave Harrity (ISBN 978-1-4982-3693-5)
    • 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)
    13. Writing for the Web by Crawford Kilian. 6/10 Finished 23 February 2018. Picked up some useful tips and ideas of how to improve my writing. I will probably read this book again.
    14. Loved back to life by Sheila Walsh. 7/10 Finished 12 March 2018. My wife was reading this and had good things to say about it so I swiped it and read it myself. Reading this has caused me to think more about God and how depression has affected and been affected by my faith.
    15. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression by Johann Hari. 7/10 Finished 13 March 2018. The way this book is promoted lead me to think the author dismissed any biochemical basis for depression, but he does concede that neurotransmitters play some role. What he does do is to investigate reasonably thoroughly a bunch of other social and personal influences which cause people to become depressed, noting that when these factors are improved the depression lifts. For this reason it is an encouraging book, though is not promoting any sort of easy fix like taking a little tablet.
    16. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. 4/10 Finished 20 March 2018. I have resisted this book for a long time, first I resisted even buying it because it seemed over hyped and I don’t particularly like how the author comes across on his podcast. Even after buying it for $4.99 on strong recommendation from people I respect, I’ve avoided reading it for over a year now. The book easy to read and follow but nothing particularly enlightening. I find Tim’s attitudes to be brash and in my view unethical. I could not conduct business in the way he advocates.

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

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