I enjoy reading books and I usually have a few on the go. They are typically non-fiction, but sometimes a novel. I also like to write about what I read (of which you can find examples of throughout my blog).

Towards the end of 2019 I found myself recording myself reading various short stories (written by others); these, and more, I have uploaded to either SoundCloud or Youtube. I continue this effort in 2020 with the intention uploading something every Saturday:

book_childrens_encyclopedia10 October 2020
Light And What It Is

Ko-fi_Icon_Blue18 July 2020
Sir Francis Drake’s Diary

islands04 July 2020
Siven Land by Norman Douglas

islands27 June 2020
Tristan da Cunha – The Lonely Isle by G. Cooper

islands20 June 2020
Enchanted Islands by John Culmer

book_childrens_encyclopedia13 June 2020
The (Present) Crisis by James Russell Lowell

islands6 June 2020
The Birth of an Island

30 May 2020
Providence by George Herbert

islands23 May 2020
Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

book_childrens_encyclopedia16 May 2020
The Ride on a Wild Horse
“Mazeppa was a page-boy in the house of a Polish nobleman, who, angry with him for something he had done, called for a wild Tartar horse he had caught the day before, lashed Mazeppa to its back, and set it free. The horse sped furiously away until it fell dead in the country of Ukraine. There a Cossack set Mazeppa free and brought him back to life. Lord Byron makes Mazeppa tell his story to a king after a great battle, and ends by making him reign on the throne of Ukraine. Here we give the parts of the poem that describe the great ride of Mazeppa.”

islands9 May 2020
Legends from the Isles of Shoals

islands2 May 2020
Farne Islands Sanctuary

islands25 April 2020
Guano Island

book_childrens_encyclopedia18 April 2020
The Story of the Months

book_childrens_encyclopedia11 April 2020
The Story of the Days

4 April 2020
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

15 February – 28 March 2020
Night 53-61 of One Thousand and One Nights
53: (14:15)
54: (7:31)
55: (14:09)
56: (8:44)
57: (6:18)
58: (7:07)
59-61: (20:41)

islands8 February 2020
On the Way or All Aboard! by Claude Williamson

1 February 2020
The Book of Zechariah 12-14

islands25 January 2020
‘Cagliari’ by Hilaire Belloc

book_childrens_encyclopedia18 January 2020
The Story of Brave Grizel Hume

book_childrens_encyclopedia11 January 2020
The Tricks Of Scapin

The Lad Who Slept At His Post

islands4 January 2020
The Original Robinson Crusoe
Related post:…/being-a-robinson-crusoe/

29 Dec 2019
Apocalyptic Scenario 1.a
Read by request from:

28 Dec 2019
A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens: The Child’s Story

27 Dec 2019
A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens: The Poor Relation’s Story
Related post:

book_childrens_encyclopedia5 Dec 2019
The following were read from Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopedia, Volume 7, page 5087-8. Related post:

The Strangers At The Door

The Race From Marathon

How Rustem Met His Son

Jack Frost Opens The Chestnut Burrs

Mother Nature’s Spring Helpers

Ko-fi_Icon_BlueI intend to record more readings throughout 2020. You can support my efforts here:

Brian’s 2020 Reading Pile:

book_childrens_encyclopediaThe Children’s Encyclopedia by Arthur Mee:
I’ve owned a 10 volume set of these old encyclopdias since my childhood, but had never read them, so I thought I would read one volume a year. For 2020 I have the target of working my way through Volume 8, reading 1/12th of the volume each month.

The Great Arab Conquests by John Bagot Glubb

Great True Stories of The Islands by Claude Williamson

The Vikings by Jonathan Clements

The Only Planet of Choice (re-reading)

Only a Piece of Glass by Nan Blake

Invisible College by Robert Lomas (re-reading)

Take a Seat by Dominic Gill

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