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.
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,
Ruska – a small village in Russia;
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
- 1421 – The Year China Discovered the World by Gavin Menzies.
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 2011. 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.
- Titles, country estates and all that jazz. (growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com)
- A Life Being Well lived (growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com)
- Personal growth through the “Traveler’s Gift” (savegreentraining.wordpress.com)
- Crop Circles (growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com)
- Alli’s #CBR4 Review #6: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (cannonballread4.wordpress.com)
- What You Did Not Know About Crop Circles! (socyberty.com)