Reading List 2017


Some of these are books I’ve been given for Christmas/birthday/other which look good 🙂 Others are books I don’t currently own, but I’ve come across and thought “I really want to read that!”



  • Joanna Bogle (ed.), English Catholic HeroinesI got this for Christmas and it looks really interesting.
  • Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. I’ve heard so much about the 5 love languages theory that I’m interested to read the book.
  • Jessie Childs, God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan EnglandI’ve wanted to read this ever since I saw it in Blackwells a few years ago. It looks so good! I got a copy for my birthday, so no excuses now not to tackle this sizeable but fascinating book!
  • Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No. I’ve got this on my kindle but haven’t got round to read it yet. I want to, though; it looks really useful.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamasov. It’s years since I borrowed this from the school library and was spell-bound by it. I was delighted to get a copy of it for Christmas. Definitely time for a re-read!
  • Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, The Autistic BrainOkay, add to my interest in medicine an interest in psychology. I don’t own this book yet, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to read it sometime this year.
  • Sidhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History, this was another one off my reading list which I got for Christmas. I have a geeky interest in medicine (I loved science at school, and although I ended up studying history because I love it even more, the fascination with science has never really died!), so this should be right up my street.
  • Michael P. Nichols, The Lost Art of ListeningI get told I’m a good listener, but there are always things to learn and ways to improve, wherever you’re currently at with any skill. This book looks really useful, so I bought a copy.
  • Zoe OldenbourgThe World is Not EnoughI spotted this on Amazon a while back and put it on my wish list, so it was exciting to find this among my Christmas presents.
  • Marcel Pagnol, My Father’s Glory & My Mother’s CastleI love the films of these, so it was nice to get the book for Christmas – I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this 🙂
  • M.J. Ryan, Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Recieve Joy Every Day of Your Life. I think gratitude and joy are so important, but it can be hard to keep up a ‘gratitude attitude’ through the variable weather of everyday life. So I think this would be a really helpful read. I don’t own it yet, but I’ll probably buy it at some point or get given it for my birthday or something.
  • Archmandrite Tikhon, Everyday Saints and Other Stories. This has been a best-seller in Russia, and I’ve heard it highly rated by many Orthodox. I have it on my Kindle and started it and was really enjoying it, but got distracted by life and never got back to reading it. So aiming to finish it this year!
  • Bruno Vincent, Five Go Gluten Free. A funny book to find in my stocking 🙂 I’m gluten-intolerant and so am well acquainted with the woes and dubious tastes of gluten-free food! Looks fun.
  • Bruno Vincent, Five Go ParentingAnother good Christmas present. I used to love the Famous Five books as kids, so it’s fun to see that there’s a series of spoofs on these children’s classics.
  • Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, compiled by the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, translated by Ana Smiljanic. I’ve wanted to read this for a while, and so was very grateful when a friend from church providentially recommended it to me and lent me her copy. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica is one of the great Orthodox holy men of the twentieth century, and I have been told that he also struggled with anxiety and discusses it in his writings, so I think this will be an illuminating read.



  • J.R.R. Tolkein, Letters From Father ChristmasI got this for Christmas and have already had a quick flick through 🙂 I suspect it isn’t going to be long before I read this one!


If you’ve read any of these books please do let me know what you thought! And I’m always grateful for suggestions of other things to read 🙂


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