My Reading List

I set out to do this by writing a blog.  See What I am Reading but then thought I would like to have it as a page that I can add to as and when..

Then I remembered reading about Andrew Carnegie and his donations to establish libraries in various parts of the world. Carnegie said

‘If one boy in each library district, by having access to one of these libraries, is half as much benefited as I was by having access to Colonel Anderson’s four hundred well-worn volumes, I shall consider they have not been established in vain.’

I remembered a library building in Onehunga, New Zealand that now houses a splendid restaurant.

Carnegie Library Building, Onehunga NZ

Photo courtesy prhnz I

I have spent a very happy few hours this afternoon surfing the net learning more about Carnegie’s philanthropy and ignoring the other things on my to do list.

But back to my reading list.  I have recently finished:

  • One Step Beyond by Chris Moon. This young man lost a leg when he trod on a landmine but it hasn’t slowed him down. He is certainly an inspiration.
  • Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
  • I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallman.  About a woman with a love of Africa who make her home there and set up the Gallman Memorial Foundation for conservation of the wildlife in Kenya.  This one has been re-read several times since I first bought the book.
  • London by Edward Rutherford – or rather I reread this fascinating book and with winter coming on, and outside activities curtailed I will have plenty of time  reread the others :
  • Sarum about the building of Salisbury Cathedral,
    – a small village in Russia;
    ; Dublin;
    The Forest
    – after Sarum this is my favorite.  It’s set in the New Forest and goes back to the Doomsday Book.
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.  Jean-Dominique Bauby, Editor in Chief of French Elle was completely paralyzed, speechless and able only to move one eyelid.  He set up ALIS (Association for Locked in Syndrome) and died in 1997.  This is book that will take you to places you haven’t been and probably never want to go.
  • Secrets in the Fields by Freddy Silva.  This is an investigation into crop circles, where they appear and how they came to be.  A fascinating study of crop circles by an expert.  If you are interested in crop circles this is certainly one to read.
  • Salvation Creek and The House at Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan.  Her books are set in Pittwater a small settlement on the northern beaches of  Sydney in New South Wales,  A short distance from Sydney but a different world.  Susan relates her story moving from a 25 year career in journalism and magazine editorship to settling in this lovely area.

I am still working my way through

I have a reading list as follows – again it’s just as well that winter is on its way as I will need loads of time to read all these.

  • Wait For Me by Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
  • The Noticer by Andy Andrews and
  • Dead Heat the working title for Bronwyn Parry’s yet to be released book.
  • Tick Tock by James Patterson
  • The Butterfly Effect and any book by Andy Andrews
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Read the review by Renee here
  • The September Society and A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch.  A series of mysteries solved by Charles Lennox a “Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer”.

And any other books suggested to me by my friends.

I wrote a blog on what I am reading  early in my blogging life and his page was set up around the same time – March 15 2011 – and now it is a year later March 23 2012.  I have updated the page and will do so from time to time.  Please let me know what you have been reading so that it can be added to this list.

and this is now updated regularly on my other blog  Hop over and see what I have been reading recently.




15 responses to “My Reading List

  1. Finally clicked on this page. I like the idea of a reading list and may have one myself some day, if I ever get around to it.


    • Thanks Susan – when I started I was going to update this page, and the other pages, regularly. Well it’s months since I even looked at it and some time I shall have to get around to it. BTW there’s a round tuit you can borrow on today’s blog “Dumb and Dumber” so that you can start your page and I shall use it to update mine. 🙂


  2. Hello Judith! Thanks for the ping back. Isn’t this blogging world wonderful? I love the idea of a reading list. I have a green fabric covered box on my bookshelf that’s got many books I’m in the middle of reading. I hope to finish them someday. I just recently finished Jane Eyre and loved it. 🙂


  3. To update this page has been on my To Do list for ages and at sometime I shall do so. thanks for reading and the comment. 🙂


  4. A Sense of The World: How a blind man became history’s greatest traveller by Jason Roberts
    This is based on the life of James Holman (1786-1857)
    Now, I must start a book list of my own…


  5. Judith, have you been to That is where I have my reading list. You can find almost any book there and it’s great for ideas as well.


  6. THX for the book titles set in Australia, I’m going to check them out. Literally 🙂


  7. Thanks toni and if you are into reading fiction – Bronwyn Parry ( has a series of books set in the outback of Australia. 🙂


  8. Cool idea…your Reading List…I may copy your idea…You do know what they say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”…….I have read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I found I was unable to put it down. I realize it is not a recent publication—I am catching up after reading scores of Middle School lit. It is just so fantastic…the history..the family dynamics…the humor! Loved it!


    • Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s about time I updated this list – you know it is one of those things on the To Do List that just don’t get done.


  9. I would be truly delighted if you would check my blog to see its central theme – my book, on a life similar to yours. If you liked Salvation Creek, you might enjoy what I’ve written (extremely poorly supported by my publishers, which has left me having to do my own spruiking). I wouldn’t be here today without my bereavement counsellor:you lead a most worthwhile life.


  10. I do reading challenges all the time. For four years I had other blogs on that. Now I have just two. One is reading and book reviews and now my new blog: Maybe I will incorporate what I can read besides going to college full time. Hee Hee. Jackie 🙂


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