So rather than watching stuff on BBC iPlayer at bedtime, I am going to start reading, but limit myself to 10.30pm lights out to try and impose this 'moderation' thing on myself. (If I am really tired or it is a boring book, I may fall asleep with book on face, and wake up at 1am, wondering why it's still light).
|Leaning tower of DVDs...|
I also used to make massive lists of books that I wanted to read, and diligently worked my way through them. I remember when I was at middle school, I read the list of suggested reading very quickly (probably within a month) and so compiled my own, much bigger list! So, I have made a list of all of my books, and will read through them- not as fast as middle school me would have managed, though! Some of the academic ones have been shamefully under-used, but I am expecting to find some of them interesting now that I am not desperately trying to cram information into my brain and form an opinion for an essay (the writing of which I usually did in four hours on the day of the deadline, without checking through before handing in- how did I get a degree?!)
In no particular order:
1. Mean Time- Carol Ann Duffy (poetry, studied at A-level, many notes)
2. 100 Best Loved Poems (teenage poetry phase)
3. Poetry Please
4. More Poetry Please
5. The Selfish Gene- Richard Dawkins (just realised that this can go, as I bought it on Kindle for the princely sum of 99p. Probably not worth selling on Amazon)
6. The God Delusion- Richard Dawkins- started this on holiday but didn't finish.
7. Discovering Life on Earth- David Attenborough. Child's edition, which I have had for years. Not sure I ever read it cover to cover though...
8. Edge of Blue Heaven- Benedict Allen. Pretty sure I read this cover to cover in 2002/3..time to revisit..
9. Long Way Round- Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Read this too, revisit.
10. Planet Earth- BBC?
12. Behind Closed Doors in Georgian England- Amanda Vickery. Loved the TV series-it's still saved on Sky+, but didn't progress far with the book.
13. Britain in Revolution- Austin Woolrych. Uni book, read small parts of it.
14. An Elizabethan Progress- Zillah Dovey. Work, not uni.
15. Tudor and Stuart Britain- John Morrill
16. Tournament- Crouch
17. Armies and Warfare- Prestwich
18. Medieval Warfare- Keen
19. NT Book of Castles
20. The Suffolk Landscape
21. History of Bury St Edmunds
22. Haunted Bury St Edmunds
23. Diary of John Longe
24. Savage Fortune
25. Suffolk Committees
26. Six Wives- David Starkey
27. The Tudors- A Short Introduction
28. The Family, Sex and Marriage- Lawrence Stone
29. Chivalry- Keen
30. Renaissance in Europe- King
31. Early Medieval Europe- Collins
32. England Under the Normans- Bartlett
33. Chapter of Kings
34. How to read buildings
35. Emma Darwin
36. English Civil War- Diane Purkiss
37. The Stuart Age- Coward
38. Medieval Women- Henrietta Leyser
39. Proceedings of the Short Parliament
40. Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution
41. Stuart consitution
42. The Three Edwards- Michael Prestwich
43. The book of chivalry of Geffroi de Charney
44. Conflict in Early Stuart England- Cust and Hughes
45. Puritanism and Liberty- the Putney Debates
46. Anne Boleyn- The Lady in the Tower
47. Witchfinders- A Seventheenth Century English Tragedy- Malcolm Gaskill.
48. Newton and the Counterfeiter- Thomas Levenson
50. Complete Shakespeare (facsimile of 19th C illustrated copy) (I've read some plays, but would like to read them all eventually).
So, pretty much all light reading there, then!
I also have unread Kindle books (yes, I am BRILLIANT at finishing things...) which I may read between the above to give a little light relief (ha!)
1. Dracula- Bram Stoker- never read
2. David Copperfield- Charles Dickens
4. Frankenstein- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
5. Lorna Doone- R.D. Blackmore
6. Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens
7. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
8. Nicholas Nickleby- Charles Dickens
9. Crawford- Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
10. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall- Anne Bronte
11. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating- Elisabeth Tova Bailey
12. The China Bird- Bryony Doran
13. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother- William Shawcross
14. I used to know that- History- Emma Marriott
15. A Journal of the Plague Year- Daniel Defoe
16. Delusions of Gender- Cordelia Fine
17. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle- Shanor and Kanwal
18. The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin- Masha Gessen
19. A Brief History of the Third Reich- Martyn Whittock
20. The Selfish Gene- Richard Dawkins
21. The Universe Inside You- Brian Clegg
22. 50 Facts that Should Change the World- Jessica Williams
23. The Diamond Queen- Andrew Marr
24. Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum- Mark Stevens
25. The Borgias- Christopher Hibbert
26. As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil
27. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China- Jung Chang
28. The Portable Atheist- Christopher Hitchens
29. Map of a Nation- Rachel Hewitt
30. Written in Stone- Brian Switek
31. God is not Great- Christopher Hitchens
32. Bird watching with your eyes closed- Simon Barnes
33. Bad Science- Ben Goldacre
34. A Short History of Tractors in Ukraine- Marina Lewycka
So... will be editing this to update what I have read/given up on and what I think of it.
Have you read any of the books on my list? Anything that is fantastic and I should really start with?