Mum got top 100 books (Vic Librarian choice) list.
interesting to see which of these I’ve read, will list ranking for interests sake.

1. The Lord of the Rings
2. Pride and Prejudice (ok not read, seen movie)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
10. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver everyone should read this, facinating
14. Tomorrow, When the War Began – John Marsden
15. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay movie music creeps me out… plain wierd
17. 1984 – George Orwell
18. Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy
20. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte facinating, eerie, read it
23. Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks only read about 1/4 got stuck
29. Anne of Green Gables
50. Sun on the Stubble – Colin Thiele
53. The Bible
56. Playing Beatie Bow – Ruth Park
75. The Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
78. Little House ont he Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
92. The King of Torts – John Grisham

And that is it. Quite a few from that list.

Haven’t read novels and stuff in a long time it seems. All spaced out 3hour chunks while on the train. At the moment, being the books following Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy. Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Essentially. My top would include (despite a few listed above, LOTR, Poisonwood Bible, Jane Eyre, Tomorrow When the War Began series)

Swords and Crowns and Rings – Ruth Park (anything by her)
Dreams of Love and Modest Glory – Joan Lingard
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein
The Touch/The Thorn Birds/An Indecent Obsession… – Colleen McCullough
The Giver – Lois Lowry

non fiction:-

Authentic Beauty – Leslie Ludy
31 Girl – Mary Simpson
When God Writes Your Love Story – Eric and Leslie Ludy
Enjoying God -… by someone, and I can’t find it anymore 🙁

I’m sure there are more, but I’ve had enough of thinking for now.

I need to read some more. I feel deprived.

Books General

The first of June. The first day of winter.
Would I say things are normal, are satisfactory?
That the word peace applies to my live. No not in it’s entirity. Yet the fragments are begining to settle. I am in a more secure place than where I was. Complacency I don’t want. I don’t mind temporary satisfaction with limited thought. But no, I don’t think I’ve stopped exploring areas of growth, just perhaps God’s bringing a slow down capacity to it. It’s all very good to have your world flipped on end for a while, to be shaken and stretched. I guess as humans we have our limits as to what we can take (maybe even the good/growth). I’m sure God understands what we can take in and learn before the stretching reaches the uncomfortable (beyond the learning uncomfortable). I have torture instrument images in my head, ha, but I think that’s a bit violent.

Can I equate ‘peace’ with busy? Yes. I have way too much to do before the end of semester, there are so many other things I can, or would rather be doing. Peace in the fact that, I am beginning to be vastly more comfortable in being myself around YITS people. There is a certain level of trust there now. That they’ll accept you for who you are.
It’s not to say I am impressed with everyone. __ in particular. Help me to love her. To see past her attitudes, conversation topics….

The ‘slow down’. The temporary, or different perspective on self evaluation. To drop that and let it lie where it falls. To relearn the concept of knowing God and not being intentional in moulding self (to some extent). The Bible study thing came up. Reading again. Thank you God for the ways you’ve reminded me. Started back last night. Realised how much I miss it.
Be my motivation.
Be first.

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While I have it on hand….

interesting excerpt from book: More Ready than you Realize (Brian McLaren) p.75-76

Why I should put more effort into reading, remind myself that I like being challenged, keep up that habit I let slide. Started reading intentionally last night, realised how much I’d missed it. Prayer for keeping it up would be good.


We are used to people writing for us. Newspapers and popular magazines pitch at an eighth grade reading level, easy for all of us. Textbooks are generally written not only by knowledgeable people, but by skilled educators who pay attention to our learning styes, attention spans, and format prefrerences. Popular novels (the ones most of us read, if we read them at all) are written to be popular, and that means easy for us, accesible to us. We assume, if the Bible is in any way inspired, that the Holy Spirit would be so kind and considerate as to similarily gear it exclusively to us. Reasonable enough… at first glance. But think again. If the Bible were written for twenty-first century readers, how would it have come across to its original hearers in the sixth century BC or eight century AD?… And assuming the world is still spinning, how would a style and form targeted on a twenty-first centruy demographic cohort feel for advanced readers in the twenty-ninth century?

It is hard for us, spoiled as we are by being marketing targest, but the Bible askes us to rise above our narrow parochial tastes. It asks us to learn, to understand, to imaginatively enter an alien geography… alien cultures… and social structures. It asks us to stop absolutizing our perspective and, instead, to see our modern or postmodern view points simply as views from a point – limited, contingent, changing, not privileged. In so doing, the very form of the Bible begins teaching us something about humility and perspective.

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