Reading List


On this page, you can find books that I have read (both fiction and non-fiction) with a short review…

If you’ve got any recommendations, head on over to the contacts page and let me know!

Education

Assessment for Learning: Why, What and How? by Dylan Wiliam: This book looks at Assessment for Learning, and how it is a powerful tool for raising student achievement levels as opposed to other methods. There is, however, the caveat that it must be implemented properly, so, the book offers a range of strategies on how to do so appropriately.

Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment by Paul Black & Dylan Wiliam: This book looks at the research behind Assessment for Learning and the importance behind utlising formative assessment within your class. However, it needs to be something that is begun at the classroom level with support from the government if it is to succeed.

Teacher as Activator of Learning by Gayle H. Gregory: see this post for book review.

Theology

Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard: While this book bills itself as the untold story, it offers very little in the way of new material. It is written really well, however, and worth a read.

The Grail Chronicles by E.C. Coleman: This book discusses the Holy Grail and where it may be now. The theory in it may seem a little far-fetched, but still a good read.

A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity by Nick Page: Comedy and Christianity. A good mix. Nick Page delves deep into the history of Christianity and delivers a sarcastic, yet informative, book. A great read.

The Longest Week by Nick Page: In this book, Page unpacks Holy Week, the week in which Jesus Christ was both welcomed into and then crucified in Jerusalem.

The Wrong Messiah by Nick Page: Page, in this book, discusses how Jesus became the Messiah: someone who was meant to be a political and military figure, but who instead turned out to be a peace-loving one.

Kingdom of Fools by Nick Page: This book is part of a trilogy with the above three books. It looks at the formation and growth of the early Christian Church after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What Happened to the Ark of the Covenant by Nick Page: This book looks at different religious curiosities such as where the Ark of the Covenant may presently be located, and how tall Zacchaeus the tax collector may have been.

Zealot by Reza Aslan: While this book may be controversial, it is a great read. It offers a look at the historical Jesus as a political agitator.

Life in Year One by Scott Korb: This is a great book that looks at a variety of aspects surrounding life in 1st Century Palestine, such as food, the economy, religion, etc. A good overall look at life at the time.

Geography & History

Miscellaneous

Stuffed & Starved by Raj Patel: In this book, Patel looks at the global food industry and the issues that flow all the way from the farmer to the businesses that run the industry.

Commonwealth by Jeffrey Sachs: Sachs looks at the resources in the world and how we can build a sustainable world for the future.

The White Man’s Burden by Bill Easterly: In this book, Easterly discusses how we feel obliged to bring people out of poverty because, often, we caused it. He looks at how nations can develop without aid.

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo: Moyo looks at the wasted billions of dollars given out in aid to countries around the world. She offers alternative solutions to poverty that don’t involve aid.

The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier: This book looks at what Collier terms the bottom billion: the countries in the world with a billion of the most impoverished citizens. It looks at what causes poverty and how to tackle it.

How to End Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs: This is an eye-opening book into how, with the support of governments and other organisations, poverty could be eradicated within out lifetime.

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer: This book is both a history and an investigation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) and the actions of individuals within the fundamentalist fringe of the faith. 

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer: This book is a first-hand account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. It’s a great read, with lots of deep thoughts and vivid imagery.

Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer: This is a series of thoughts on mountaineering and the hold it has on people. The need to constantly reach for new heights.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer: This book is somewhat of an investigation into the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who decided to trade in his life in the suburbs for a life in the wild. It also has thoughts on the call of the wild by Krakauer. This was turned into a movie with a great soundtrack from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.

Endurance by Alfred Lansing: Tells the story of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. This book sparked my interest in and love for both him and polar exploration.

Shackleton’s Forgotten Expedition by Beau Riffenburgh: Looks at Ernest Shackleton’s less well-known Nimrod expedition, and how it helped to form him for his next (still unsuccessful Endurance) expedition.