Books are an open ticket for a platform in the direction of ‘you, this world and beyond’. This ticket will transport you away from this world with its disorienting noise, its demands, expectations and the things of which you’ve grown weary. You’ll journey through new faces, voices and places that echo of things once known. Books are a beacon to guide you home, carrying more joy and knowledge than you packed when you left.
Reading in 2022
Most memorable reads Fiction The School for Good Mothers – Jessamine Chan Read in 2022 Some favourite words: ‘She thought she would’ve become a different
Decolonising the curriculum: a reading list
A collection of key reading. Updated as new learning takes place. Last updated: November 2022 Defining decolonisation Why I Say ‘Decolonisation is Impossible’ Adebisi.
Reading in 2021
These are 9 of the 61 books I read in 2021 whose magic will remain with me. Musa Okwonga’s memoir, One of Them, will leave you
Research engagement: a reading list
A collection of key reading. Updated as new learning takes place. Last updated: November 2022 Critical engagement with research The Open Door: How to be
Online teacher CPD: a reading list
A collection of key reading. Updated as new learning takes place. Last updated: April 2022 Online teacher CPD Online teacher CPD: principles from research and
Accessibility: a reading list
A collection of articles, technologies and guides to creating accessible content online and beyond. View and explore
Reading in 2020
Ever since the days of Biff, Chip and Kipper, I have loved escaping in the endless number of worlds offered by books. There was a
Online communities: a reading list
A collection of articles, research, blogs and videos exploring effective practice in the creation of online communities within the education sector and beyond. View and
2018: A year of reading
2018 saw the completion of my library at home and a commitment to more reading. Being an English teacher had lead to far less reading
This is a list of 354 fiction and non-fiction books I’ve read since 2018 when my records began, and a few memorable ones before that.
My favourite reads have a 5-star rating. 4.5-star ratings come highly recommended and 4-star ratings should not be discounted. 2 – 3.5-star ratings don’t mean that the book didn’t serve a purpose at the time of reading, it’s just not a book I’d necessarily make a universal recommendation for. 0 – 1.5-star ratings are books I’d probably suggest avoiding entirely.
My experience of book recommendations over the years, both giving and receiving, is that the words, characters, stories, and places that speak to one soul are not always an experience that’s shared, even when there’s certainty it will be. When a book does land with two people in the same way, there’s nothing else quite like it. If you decide to act on any of my recommendations then I’d love to know your experiences. Use the filter below to navigate quickly to specific categories or scroll through.