From My Armchair: 01 January 2016


It’s a New Year, so it’s a likely time to revise this whole ‘From My Armchair’ update thing, as it clearly hasn’t been a success to this point – not from any perspective of regularity anyway. So a fresh start for a New Year. Will the format stay the same? How regular will be the updates? And so many other questions to answer also. So many questions – what are the answers? I guess we’ll find out as we go along.

I’ll try and aim for weekly updates I think. But I don’t think I’ll try and include everything in my library and reading world because I think that is what has overwhelmed me in the past as far as keeping this update regular. There has just been too much to try and include, so the time hasn’t been available to do it all and it just gets put off until the time is available – then it never becomes available. If I tried to include all of the books/ebooks I purchase/collect, it would require an enormous effort – even on a weekly basis. So I won’t do that, which is something I stopped doing a while ago anyway.

I’m also going to have to wipe the slate clear as to what I am currently reading or the pressure will become just too great. How can I possibly get on top of the 17 books I have listed as currently reading at Goodreads while others are clamouring for my attention also? It can’t be done, so a fresh start will be required there also I think and that’s fine. That’s what I’m going to do – it has now been determined.

Well, time to start putting thoughts, plans and resolutions into practice.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

My overall online profile was pretty much dead for well over a year, thanks to hosting issues at a free web host that continued to procrastinate in resolving issues there. So now I have moved my overall online profile/portal to a server that has my own domain name. It’s a great place to start when looking for me online, not just for reading, books, etc, but for pretty much anywhere that I have an online presence.

Visit Kevin’s Portal at:
http://particularkev.com/

Visit My Goodreads Profile at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

Visit My Blogs at:
http://atthebookshelf.com
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Currently Reading:

According to my Goodreads records I currently have 17 books/ebooks on the go, which clearly is excessive – lol. However, as mentioned earlier I’ll be wiping this all clean and coming up with a clean slate – or at least a fresh list of books I’m currently reading in the near future.

There will also be an updated reading challenge for 2016, hosted via Goodreads in the near future. I think I will aim for 50 books/ebooks over 2016, though I hope to exceed that number.

So what am I currently actively reading? That will be sorted out over this week and be listed here in the following update. Obviously Goodreads will also have the updated list, along with my progress in those books/ebooks.

 

Finished Reading:

This is where I’ll be listing books/ebooks I have recently completed.

Here’s a number I recently completed:

  • Wild – A Journey from Lost to Found, by Cheryl Strayed (My Review)
  • 1492 – The Year Our World Began, by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
  • Unfriend Yourself, by Kyle Tennant
  • Does God Control Everything?, by R.C. Sproul
  • The Church of Facebook – How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community, by Jesse Rice

 

The Book Stand

Visit The Book Stand at:
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Particular Baptist Reading Group

I have a reading group over at Goodreads called the ‘Particular Baptist Reading Group.’ The group is for Particular and Reformed Baptists in particular, though other Christians are still welcome and will find the reading material of great value. Anyone can join and all are welcome – just keep in mind that it is a moderated, Christian reading group.

The idea is that a chapter/portion of a book will be posted once a week, with discussions concerning the chapter/portion taking place within the group at Goodreads. A number of books have been read by the group and currently we are working our way through ‘Desiring God,’ by John Piper.

Visit and Sign up at:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

From My Armchair: 26 August 2015


It has been over a year since I have shared anything of my personal reading habits and experiences – I actually thought it would have been much longer than it actually is. There have been many reasons for me having not done so before now – including the fact that I haven’t really been reading a lot until just recently. I suffer a little from diagnosed/undiagnosed depression, which simply means I know I have it but have not had a doctor investigate it and confirm it. I’m sure I have my reasons for that, but let me just say that I have found the last 12 to 18 months particularly difficult. Reading is just one of the tools I am using to battle this scourge. Anyway, I wanted to start sharing my reading ‘story’ once again, even if it is just something of a cathartic exercise.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

My overall online profile is currently offline because of a hosting issue and I will soon be moving that part of my online presence over to my main hosting location – I use JustHosts.com and have done so for a while now (they are quite good). The sites below are still working well however and these are regularly updated, etc. In fact I have been busy cataloguing my extensive library again, getting the data inputed into Goodreads, my database and a Microsoft Word Table that I use. Excessive? I also intend to do something with Evernote in the long run. I’ll have a very well catalogued library if nothing else – should I ever finish the task that I have set myself.

Visit My Goodreads Profile at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

Visit My Blogs at:
http://atthebookshelf.com
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Currently Reading:

According to my Goodreads records I currently have 19 books/ebooks on the go, which clearly is excessive – lol. However, I’d say about half of those are in limbo at the moment, though I do plan to complete reading every one of them before the year’s end (or at least sort out whether I intend to do so or not – I’m thinking of not doing so with at least one of them).

So what am I currently actively reading:

  • Cricket’s Strangest Matches, by Andrew Ward
  • Bogainaire – The Rise and Fall of Nathan Tinkler, by Paddy Manning
  • Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper
  • Chosen for Life – The Case For Divine Election, by Sam Storms
  • Ecclesiastes, by Charles Bridges
  • Bible – King James Version
  • Rediscovering the Church Fathers, by Michael Haykin

Most of the other book/ebooks on the list at Goodreads I started during the ‘dark period,’ so I will be returning to them once I work through these listed ones, having restored my passion for reading and understanding – that’s the plan anyhow.

 

Finished Reading:

This is where I’ll be listing books/ebooks I have recently completed.

 

The Book Stand

Visit The Book Stand at:
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Particular Baptist Reading Group

I have a reading group over at Goodreads called the ‘Particular Baptist Reading Group.’ The group is for Particular and Reformed Baptists in particular, though other Christians are still welcome and will find the reading material of great value. Anyone can join and all are welcome – just keep in mind that it is a moderated, Christian reading group.

The idea is that a chapter/portion of a book will be posted once a week, with discussions concerning the chapter/portion taking place within the group at Goodreads. A number of books have been read by the group and currently we are working our way through ‘Don’t Waste Your Life,’ by John Piper.

Visit and Sign up at:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

From My Armchair: 07 July 2014


It has been a long time since I uploaded a post of this nature. In fact, one of the reasons I have probably not done so for a while was the amount of time that went into preparing such a post. It actually took quite a bit of time to put one together. This is time that I found better use for – time for reading was just one better way to use that time. So I needed to streamline the process somewhat and not to be so exhaustive. So hopefully that is something I have now achieved – or will achieve with this post and all future ones. I’m sure that it will continue to be a process of discovery, evaluation and refinement.

Over at Goodreads (which I will mention again later) I have set my annual reading challenge at 100 books/ebooks – which is up from 25 last year. Currently I have read 44 books/ebooks, which puts me 7 behind schedule. That might sound like a major descrepancy, but about 6 weeks ago I was well ahead of schedule and didn’t read anything for a little while – hence the backlog. I still think I can make up the current shortfall before the end of the year. Indeed, I hope to have several books/ebooks read over the next week or so.

I have been busy (if that’s the right way to put it) gathering more books/ebooks, with my traditional/digital libraries growing by some 50 works over the last couple of weeks – thankfully most have been ebooks, so accomodating them hasn’t been too difficult. Physically it is very near to impossible for me to house many more traditional books.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

I continue to be active on the Internet, with various updates being made from time to time at Goodreads, as well as very regular posts to both my book/reading Blogs. The various links are listed below.

Visit My Goodreads Profile at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

Visit My Blogs at:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Currently Reading:

I have a number of books that I am currently reading. I post progress updates to Goodreads, so that will provide a way to see my current progress at any particular time.

So what am I currently reading:

  • Foundations of the Christian Faith, by James Montgomery Boice
  • Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, by Wayne Grudem
  • A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, by Robert L. Reymond
  • The Attraction of the Cross, by Gardiner Spring
  • A Memoir of the Life and Writings of Andrew Fuller, by Thomas Ekins Fuller
  • The Next Story – Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion, by Tim Challies
  • The Message of the New Testament – Promises Kept, by Mark Dever
  • The Bourne Supremacy (Book 2), by Robert Ludlum
  • Welcome to the Funny Farm – The All-True Misadventures of a Woman on the Edge, by Karen Scalf Linamen
  • Evangelical Theology – A Biblical and Systematic Introduction, by Michael F. Bird
  • Evernote for Dummies (2nd Edition), by David E. Y. Sarna

 

Finished Reading:

I haven’t finished anything in the last week or so. Clearly I need to read more.

 

Ebook Wish Lists

I have several ebook wish lists and over the next little while I’ll be working at getting these organised a little. Currently I have three ebook wish lists with Amazon, one simply labelled ‘Kevin’s Wish List,’ which was where I was simply placing every ebook I was interested in for quite some time. I am now working to break that list into ‘Christian Ebooks’ and ‘Other Ebooks.’ I also have my ‘Top Ten Wish List’ as well. If you would like to buy me an ebook copy of any of these books, you can visit the lists below (and I offer thanks in advance).

These lists can currently be viewed at:

Top Ten Wish List
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/R27WLEUD3G4H/ref=cm_wl_rlist_create

Christian Ebooks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/25M26YDWLLXCP/ref=topnav_lists_2

Other Ebooks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/11FSOPP1LJ62U/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o?

Kevin’s Wish List
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3ON8HODACGGQ3/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o

 

The Book Stand

I have all manner of Blogs and websites at different places on the web. I have three Blogs at tumblr and one of those is a site for ebooks that are currently available for free or are on special. Most of the ebooks highlighted on the Blog are for the Kindle, but there are other selections from time to time. The site is simply called ‘The Book Stand.’

Visit The Book Stand at:
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Particular Baptist Reading Group

I have a reading group over at Goodreads called the ‘Particular Baptist Reading Group.’ The group is for Particular and Reformed Baptists in particular, though other Christians are still welcome and will find the reading material of great value. Anyone can join and all are welcome – just keep in mind that it is a moderated, Christian reading group.

The idea is that a chapter/portion of a book will be posted once a week, with discussions concerning the chapter/portion taking place within the group at Goodreads. A number of books have been read by the group and currently we are working our way through ‘A Memoir of the Life and Writings of Andrew Fuller,’ by Thomas Ekins Fuller.

Visit and Sign up at:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

From My Armchair: 21 September 2013


For the first time this year I am ahead of my reading schedule, according to my Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge widget. Currently I am 3 books ahead of schedule – but I did lessen the number of books earlier in the year from 40 to 25, so that has been a big help in achieving that. I find it a real struggle to find time to read, which is hard to believe, yet none-the-less true. Some years ago I’d probably read at least 100 books a year. I am hoping to get back up to that level again – maybe next year. I’m still hopeful of reaching about 40 this year though. There is just so much to do these days.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

Visitors to my two book-oriented Blogs (URLs below) will have noticed a bit of a difference in the way I have been posting of late. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, I have had some computer related problems, including a keyboard on my laptop that didn’t want to co-operate. The computer related issues have now been sorted and shouldn’t be a source of difficulty any longer. The second group of reasons relate to my health. I expect these to be impacting my posting activities for the next little while. While I have been cleared of any cancer threat (for the moment anyway), I will require some surgery in the near future and this will obviously interfere with posting to my Blogs. The issues generally are in no way life-threatening, so I am thankful for that and there was much relief when that was confirmed yesterday.

Into the near future there will be some periods where I will be unable to post and my Blogging activities will be curtailed to some degree.

Visit My Goodreads Profile at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

Visit My Blogs at:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Currently Reading:

I have a number of books that I am currently reading. I post progress updates to Goodreads, so that will provide a way to see my current progress at any particular time.

So what am I currently reading:

  • Weirdos in the Workplace: The New Normal… Thriving in the Age of the Individual, by John Putzier
  • Foundations of the Christian Faith, by James Montgomery Boice
  • Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, by Wayne Grudem
  • A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, by Robert L. Reymond
  • Sermons on the Book of Micah, by John Calvin
  • The Attraction of the Cross, by Gardiner Spring
  • Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life By Beginning in Jesus Name, by Bryan Chapell
  • The One Year Bible Arranged in 365 Daily Readings – King James Version

 

Finished Reading:

I have finished reading in the last little while the following books:

  • On Books and the Housing of Them, by William Ewart Gladstone
  • Tommorow, When the War Began (Tomrrow #1), by John Marsden
  • The Dead of the Night (Tomorrow #2), by John Marsden
  • The Third Day, The Frost (Tomorrow #3), by John Marsden

 

The Book Stand

I have all manner of Blogs and websites at different places on the web. I have three Blogs at tumblr and one of those is a site for ebooks that are currently available for free or are on special. Most of the ebooks highlighted on the Blog are for the Kindle, but there are other selections from time to time. The site is simply called ‘The Book Stand.’

Visit The Book Stand at:
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Particular Baptist Reading Group

I have recently started a reading group over at Goodreads called the ‘Particular Baptist Reading Group.’ The group is for Particular and Reformed Baptists in particular, though other Christians are still welcome and will find the reading material of great value. Anyone can join and all are welcome – just keep in mind that it is a moderated, Christian reading group.

The idea is that a chapter/portion of a book will be posted once a week, with discussions concerning the chapter/portion taking place within the group at Goodreads. I haven’t completed the necessary web infrastructure at this stage, but hope to have it all up and running by the end of May 2013, when the first section of the book, ‘The Attraction of the Cross’ by Gardiner Spring will be made available.

Visit and Sign up at:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

From My Armchair: 08 September 2013


I think this may well be my third or fourth attempt at posting some sort of a personal reading update/reading progress type post, which I have always planned to do on a regular basis. On each occasion the attempt though well intentioned, has never been long lasting and rarely achieved any measure of consistency. There are plenty of reasons I can postulate for my failure to do so, however I will spare the reader the need to navigate through them. Hopefully I may accomplish such a feat this time round. I’m sure many of them would be acknowledged as valid, but more than likely also tedious. So a fresh start will do.

I have been enjoying reading again, which has always been something that I have done, at least prior to the four or five years previous to this and last year. That was a period when I barely read anything, thanks largely to my library being in storage, a serious car accident, etc. Now that I have progressed to digital reading, it has been so much easier reading when my tradional library has been nowhere in my vicinity. Now I have a large digital library stored on a device (or rather over several devices and gadgets) which is accessible in any location and that takes up little actual space. How much easier it is to read these days!

However, I haven’t completely left my traditional library behind and this has been something I have been very much aware of over the last couple of months as I have tried to physically clean each and every individual book in my library, as well as to catalogue and even to cull what I could bring myself to part with. The cleaning is done (and with a large library that is some process) and the cataloguing is progressing well. The digital library is where the real work is needed as far as cataloguing is concerned, if I am to have any hope of managing a large and growing library of both traditional and digital books. Combined I must have somewhere in the vicinity of 3000 to 2500 books and ebooks, and the number is growing at an alarming rate each and every week. At least I am no longer being pressed in by more and more books in my home as primarily my library is growing digitally these days. Still, a further external hard drive will soon be needed – though that is nowhere near as bad as trying to find more
space for another bookshelf.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

I have been adding books to my Goodreads profile and into my Access database, which continues to be a very slow process. I don’t think I’ll ever complete this project, especially with the number of ebooks that I keep adding to my collection. I really would like to get my entire library, both taditional and digital, into some form of manageable and useful order. It is very difficult to know just what I have in my ebooks collection – I pretty much know my tradional library like the back of my hand. It really is the digital library that is proving quite the handful, in a virtual sense of course. I also have a Word document that I am using for cataloguing, using the old and proven method of Dewey for classification of my books and ebooks. All these tools will help me enormously in trying to manage them all I think. Once I have entered all of the information these tools really are a great help to me and the time well spent in my opinion.

Somewhere along the way I’m also going to begin using Evernote as well, taking photos of the bookcovers (front and back), the title page and perhaps the contents page. I will then make individual notes in Evernote for the quotes I highlight (which I can simply scan into Evernote via my iPhone), as well as any other relevant information. Evernote – what a great tool for so many purposes.

Visit My Goodreads Profile at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

Visit My Blogs at:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Currently Reading:

I have a number of books that I am currently reading. I post progress updates to Goodreads, so that will provide a way to see my current progress at any particular time.

So what am I currently reading:

  • Weirdos in the Workplace: The New Normal… Thriving in the Age of the Individual, by John Putzier
  • Foundations of the Christian Faith, by James Montgomery Boice
  • Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, by Wayne Grudem
  • A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, by Robert L. Reymond
  • Sermons on the Book of Micah, by John Calvin
  • The Attraction of the Cross, by Gardiner Spring
  • Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life By Beginning in Jesus Name, by Bryan Chapell
  • The One Year Bible Arranged in 365 Daily Readings – King James Version

 

Finished Reading:

I have finished reading in the last little while the following books:

  • The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, by D. A. Carson
  • Such a Great Salvation – Expositions of the Book of Judges, by Dale Ralph Davis
  • Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament, by David Murray
  • Power and Glory: Jacobean England and the Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicholson
  • A Song of Fire and Ice: A Game of Thrones (Book 1), by George R. R. Martin
  • Eureka Stockade: A Ferocious and Bloody Battle, by Gregory Blake
  • Breaking Ships, by Roland Buerk

 

The Book Stand

I have all manner of Blogs and websites at different places on the web. I have three Blogs at tumblr and one of those is a site for ebooks that are currently available for free or are on special. Most of the ebooks highlighted on the Blog are for the Kindle, but there are other selections from time to time. The site is simply called ‘The Book Stand.’

Visit The Book Stand at:
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

 

Particular Baptist Reading Group

I have recently started a reading group over at Goodreads called the ‘Particular Baptist Reading Group.’ The group is for Particular and Reformed Baptists in particular, though other Christians are still welcome and will find the reading material of great value. Anyone can join and all are welcome – just keep in mind that it is a moderated, Christian reading group.

The idea is that a chapter/portion of a book will be posted once a week, with discussions concerning the chapter/portion taking place within the group at Goodreads. I haven’t completed the necessary web infrastructure at this stage, but hope to have it all up and running by the end of May 2013, when the first section of the book, ‘The Attraction of the Cross’ by Gardiner Spring will be made available.

Visit and Sign up at:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

From My Armchair: 18 May 2015


Visit My Goodreads Profile at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

Well, I did come full circle as I mentioned in my last newsletter – I even managed to get pneumonia again. Perhaps I shouldn’t haven’t mentioned that – but that’s the way it goes I guess. I am well on the road to recovery now and in fact I feel really quite healthy, apart from being really tired, which is probably a hangover from the illness. I am however only one day delayed from my ‘hoped for’ posting of my latest update ‘From My Armchair,’ so that isn’t too bad all things considered. I did take a break from my other Blogs in recent days, but didn’t from ‘At the BookShelf‘ and ‘The Book Stand,’ though I did lessen the number of posts.

I have done a lot of reading in the last 7-10 days and by a lot I mean I have probably read well in excess of 1000 pages and probably closer to 1500 pages. So plenty of reading going on here. I have enjoyed all of it and look forward to the next bit of reading over the next 7-10 days. I don’t think I’ll get anywhere near as much reading done in that time though, as I doubt I’ll be taking as much time off work sick as I did in the last little while – certainly I don’t plan to anyhow.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

I have been adding books to my Goodreads profile and into my Access database, which continues to be a very slow process. I don’t think I’ll ever complete this project, especially with the number of ebooks that I keep adding to my collection. I really would like to get my entire library, both taditional and digital, into some form of manageable and useful order. It is very difficult to know just what I have in my ebooks collection – I pretty much know my tradional library like the back of my hand. It really is the digital library that is proving quite the handful, in a virtual sense of course. Perhaps I need to look into Calibre a bit more than I have. I can’t say that I am too familiar with Calibre. I think I just really need to speed up my cataloguing activities and focus on those ebooks that really are going to be of use to me first and foremost.

I did post a quote to Goodreads as an experiment and will need to post a few more before I am convinced either way as to the usefulness of the quotation section of the Goodreads experience. The quotation section of Goodreads is probably more geared towards the social sharing side of things rather than personal curation for latter use in research, writing, etc. So it will certainly have its purpose in my overall curation plan for quotes, but may not answer entirely to my requirements. Perhaps I will have to settle for my WordPress-Evernote solution that I have been thinking about for some time, as mentioned in the previous newsletter/update.

 

Currently Reading:

I have a number of books that I am currently reading. I post progress updates to Goodreads, so that will provide a way to see my current progress at any particular time. So I should probably have a link to my Goodreads profile here somewhere each newsletter. I have just added that to the top of the newsletter and it will be able to be found there in each newsletter.

So what am I currently reading:

 

Born Digital – Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives, by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser

I am current 42% through this one, which is all about the first generation of people born into the digital age. It is a bit dated now, but none-the-less a very worthwhile read and I would say a useful one for children and parents alike. I should be well and truly finished this book by the time of the next update judging by my current progress.

 

The Tin Ticket – The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women, by Deborah J. Swiss

I am currently about 15% (Kindle) through this one. I originally purchased this in paperback for my mother as a birthday gift and then purchased a Kindle copy for myself a couple of weeks ago. It’s a good, nonfiction read.

I have been blogging my way through this book and you can follow my posts (in order of appearance) at:

Book Review: Beginning
Book Review: Chapter 1 
Book Review: Chapter 2

 

The One Year Bible – KJV

I am currently about 23% through The One Year Bible (on the Kindle), which means I’m a long way from where I should be. I am making up for lost time though by reading two days worth of readings a day until I catch up. There are portions of the Bible to read each day, divided over the course of the year. I am enjoying reading the portions and will hopefully be up to date in about a month or so.

 

21 Ways to Improve Your Camping Lifestyle, by W. V. Revill

I am about 20% through this book (on the Kindle), which means I need to be reading more of it (same as last week). I guess the other books are proving far more interesting.

 

Finished Reading:

I have finished reading a two books since the last newsletter. In the 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge that I set myself I have marked 25 books to read for this year – I have so far completed 7, which according to the widget at Goodreads has me currently 10% behind schedule, which is 2 books. However, those two books are covered in the two I am currently reading, so no real troubles there. I actually expect to read far more than the 25 I have marked as hoping to read for the year. So I have improved since the last update and will more-than-likely do so again by the time of the next update.

 

Humble Orthodoxy – Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down, by Joshua Harris

I really enjoyed this book. Read my Review at:
Book Review: Humble Orthodoxy

 

Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600-1947, by Christopher Clark

I also really enjoyed this book. Read my review at:
Book Review: Iron Kingdom

 

Purchased & Added to Library: NEW

I have added quite a number of ebooks to my collection since my last update. These are listed below:

Russians in the Past War, by Gennady Kuznetsov
Proverbs for Kids – A Family Devotional Guide, by JoHannah Reardon
Elly’s Ghost, by John R. Kess
The American, by Cezar Giosan
Warrior Prince: The Life of Owain Glyndwr, by Ian Skidmore
A Gift for Mommy, by Robin Dawn
A View from the Hole, by M. Larry Thornton, Dennis A. Hooker
The Complete Guide to Home Freezing and The Amazingly Delicious Home Freezing Recipes Cookbook, by Polly Ann Lewis
Humble Orthodoxy – Holding the Truth Without Putting People Down, by Joshua Harris and J. D. Greear
God Knows My Name – Never Forgotten, Forever Loved, by Beth Redman
Memory Makers for the Family – Creating Unforgettable Moments, by Cinder Sanders
The Brotherhood of the Red Niles, A Terrorist Perspective, by Dan Perkins
The Tin Ticket – The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women, by Deborah J. Swiss
A Final Reckoning – A Tale of Bush Life in Australia (Illustrated), by G. A. Henty
Little Buggies – A Rhyming Guessing Book for Little Ones (Baby – Age 5), by Cindy Bracken
Journey Across the Four Seas – A Chinese Woman’s Search for Home, by Veronica Li
Spring is Here! A Children’s Picture Book About Spring, by Heidi Pross Gray
The MacArthur Bible Commentary, by John MacArthur
The MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV), by John MacArthur
The Holy Bible – English Standard Version (with Cross-References)
Secrets of the Big Data Revolution, by Jason Kolb and Jeremy Kolb
60 Things God Said About Sex, by Lester Sumrall
Family Deceptions, by Loretta Giacoletto
Quest for the Lost Treasure (Interactive Pirate Adventure in a Beautifully Illustrated Picture Book for Ages 3-8), by Gerry Gaston and Laura Livi
Section 132, by Helga Zeiner
Vietnam Veteran Memoirs, by Mack Payne
Impact My Life – Biblical Mentoring Simplified, by Elisa Pulliam
Impact My Life Study Guide – Biblical Mentoring Simplified, by Elisa Pulliam
Heroes and Monsters: An Honest Look at the Struggle Within All of Us, by Josh James Riebock
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, by Mike Michalowicz
Darc Murders Collection, by Carolyn McCray and Ben Hopkin
Plain Jane – A Mystery/Thriller Not for the Faint of Heart (Harbinger Murder Mystery Series), by Carolyn McCray
Trophy Child – Saving Parents from Performance, Preparing Children for Something Greater Than Themselves, by Ted Cunningham
Jesus Killed My Church, by Randy Bohlender
Hangings, Sinkings and Trust in God – Life and Death Onboard British Warships During the 1700’s and 1800’s, by Peter Brent and George Shirley

 

The Book Stand

I have all manner of Blogs and websites at different places on the web. I have three Blogs at tumblr and one of those is a site for ebooks that are currently available for free or are on special. Most of the ebooks highlighted on the Blog are for the Kindle, but there are other selections from time to time. The site is simply called ‘The Book Stand.’

Visit The Book Stand at:
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

I generally download all of the books highlighted on the site, which is why I have some ebooks you may be surprised at in the list of recently purchased/added books above. If they are free, I might as well download them.

 

Particular Baptist Reading Group

I have recently started a reading group over at Goodreads called the ‘Particular Baptist Reading Group.’ The group is for Particular and Reformed Baptists in particular, though other Christians are still welcome and will find the reading material of great value. Anyone can join and all are welcome – just keep in mind that it is a moderated, Christian reading group.

The idea is that a chapter/portion of a book will be posted once a week, with discussions concerning the chapter/portion taking place within the group at Goodreads. I haven’t completed the necessary web infrastructure at this stage, but hope to have it all up and running by the end of May 2013, when the first section of the book, ‘The Attraction of the Cross’ by Gardiner Spring will be made available.

Visit and Sign up at:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

From My Armchair: 08 May 2015


Visit My Goodreads Profile at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

It has been a long time since my last newsletter, ‘From My Armchair,’ some 8 months at least in fact and back then I had only just begun with my weekly updates. So in reality my weekly update is still something of a new thing and by no means established. Far from being an update ‘From My Armchair,’ this one is more like an update from my sickbed, as I am cast down with the flu – again. That which prematurely cut off my pevious attempts at providing a weekly update, ironically, was in fact illness that had begun with the flu and then developed into two bouts of double pneumonia. So I guess you could say I’m coming full circle, though I would really like to not have to go through pneumonia again.

There were plenty of planned book reviews and comments about books I had read back then, which had included the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (which were far better than the movie by the way), 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and a number of other books that I had read and have since read. However, it is probably best to start fresh and not try to offer book reviews on books that were read some time ago – I prefer to offer a review of a book while it is fresh in my mind.

So I’ll press on from this point in time with what will probably be an update ‘From My Armchair’ at very regular intervals, probably somewhere between a week or fortnight between each update, but unlikely to be as precise an interval as arriving on the Blog each Wednesday for example. Neither will it be as ‘regularly challenged’ as the Evernote podcasts, which sometimes don’t appear for several months – though I have to give credit to the guys at Evernote, they do appear to be trying much harder at becoming more regular with their podcasting schedule. Just so we are clear, Evernote is my all-time favourite app/software which I have synced arcross all of my devices, so I’m not meaning anything too mean by my previous comment, just a small affectionate dig. The podcats are great by the way and I have just downloaded episode 38, which I’ll listen to sometime tonight.

So a fresh start it will be, though I do intend holding on to the same ‘sections’ within my update.

If you haven’t come across one of my ‘From My Armchair’ updates/newsletters, the point of it is to simply share where I have been in my reading experiences and adventures with books/ebooks, and generally everything else associated – sort of like the articles I link to in the Blog, except the focus is narrowed down to my own experience in the newsletter/update. I’m sure the newsletter/update will develop over time to include other sections, see some sections removed and hopefully become better with age.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

I really haven’t done a lot with the social networking side of books in recent times. I have added some books to my Goodreads catalogue, but the number of books I have (especially ebooks) is growing far faster than I can add them to Goodreads. I also have a Microsoft Access database I use, just in case Goodreads bites the dust. But I’m also thinking that I will use Evernote as a cataloguing tool, especially given the ability to have my catalogue on Evernote with me at all times. That would
be a tremendous advantage.

Sadly the ‘quotes’ social network I had a lot of time for, simply called Quotista, has disappeared. It was a good site, but the owners did little to make it known or allow it to become more than it did. It was disappointing, because it was a great web application I thought. So I will need to look at other avenues for keeping my quotes in an organised and searchable collection. Certainly Evernote provides a private place for that and I have a private WordPress Blog set up for keeping useful quotes also. Neither meet the entire objective I have for quotes though, so I will have to apply myself to this problem soon – I can probably use Goodreads for sharing quotes, but haven’t looked into that enough yet.

 

Currently Reading:

I have a number of books that I am currently reading. I post progress updates to Goodreads, so that will provide a way to see my current progress at any particular time. So I should probably have a link to my Goodreads profile here somewhere each newsletter. I have just added that to the top of the newsletter and it will be able to be found there in each newsletter.

So what am I currently reading:

Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600-1947, by Christopher Clark

I am currently 27% through reading this book (on the Kindle), which I only started to read a couple of days ago. It’s quite a large book. I have wanted to read this book ever since I got it – there was just something about it that captured my attention and it isn’t letting me down. It is of course about the history of Prussia.

 

The One Year Bible – KJV

I am currently about 20% through The One Year Bible (on the Kindle), which means I’m a long way from where I should be. I am making up for lost time though by reading two days worth of readings a day until I catch up. There are portions of the Bible to read each day, divided over the course of the year. I am enjoying reading the portions and will hopefully be up to date in about a month or so.

 

21 Ways to Improve Your Camping Lifestyle, by W. V. Revill

I am about 20% through this book as well (on the Kindle).

 

Finished Reading:

I have finished reading a number of books since the last newsletter. In the 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge that I set myself I have marked 25 books to read for this year – I have so far completed 5, which according to the widget at Goodreads has me currently 15% behind schedule, which is 3 books. However, those three books are covered in the three I am currently reading, so no real troubles there. I actually expect to read far more than the 25 I have marked as hoping to read for the year.

 

Purchased & Added to Library:

I don’t remember the last time I purchased a traditional book, for myself that is. I did recently purchase a book for my mother as a birthday gift, but haven’t bought any for myself in a long time. I now chiefly purchase ebooks and there have been plenty of them. I would estimate that my ebook library has grown by over 500 books in the last 6-8 months, which includes many free ebooks via Amazon. I have actually purchased a good number also. I won’t list all of the ebooks I have added to my library in the last 6-8 months, but in the last week or so I have added the following:

The Delphi Agenda, by Rob Swigart
The Last Jump – A Novel of WWII, by John E. Nevola
The Complete Kings and Queens of England (A Quick Reference Guide), by Nicky Stuart Verra
The Dirty Parts of the Bible – A Novel, by Sam Torode
The Hooked X – The Secret History of North America, by Scott Wolter
The Kinshield Legacy (The kinshield Saga), by K. C. May
The Last Disciple: 1, by Hank Hanegraaff
Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn, by Melanie Shankle
An Untamed Land (Red River of the North Book 1), by Lauraine Snelling
The Maiden of Mayfair (Tales of London Book 1), by Lawana Blackwell
Southern Fried Sushi: A Novel, by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
Tomorrow’s Sun (Lost Sanctuary), by Becky Melby
The Justinian Curse, by Mikel Emmanuel De Crus
Community Wins: 21 Thoughts on Building a Thriving Online Tribe, by Bryan Allain
Through the Fire (First Responders Book 1), by Shawn Grady
Grace Walk, by Steve McVey
War Shots: Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II, by Charles Jones
Every Bush is Burning, by Brandon Clements
Kindle Paperwhite User’s Manual, by Linda F. Thompson

 

The Book Stand

I have all manner of Blogs and websites at different places on the web. I have three Blogs at tumblr and one of those is a site for ebooks that are currently available for free or are on special. Most of the ebooks highlighted on the Blog are for the Kindle, but there are other selections from time to time. The site is simply called ‘The Book Stand.’

Visit The Book Stand at:
http://bookstand.tumblr.com/

I generally download all of the books highlighted on the site, which is why I have some ebooks you may be surprised at in the list of recently purchased/added books above. If they are free, I might as well download them.

 

Particular Baptist Reading Group

I have recently started a reading group over at Goodreads called the ‘Particular Baptist Reading Group.’ The group is for Particular and Reformed Baptists in particular, though other Christians are still welcome and will find the reading material of great value. Anyone can join and all are welcome – just keep in mind that it is a moderated, Christian reading group.

The idea is that a chapter/portion of a book will be posted once a week, with discussions concerning the chapter/portion taking place within the group at Goodreads. I haven’t completed the necessary web infrastructure at this stage, but hope to have it all up and running by the end of May 2013, when the first section of the book, ‘The Attraction of the Cross’ by Gardiner Spring will be made available.

Visit and Sign up at:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

From My Armchair: 11 August 2012


I really didn’t think I’d get too much read this week, but as you will see from the list below I have been able to read a fair bit.

I was able to get The Hunger Games trilogy completed, which is good given the DVD of the first movie will be out in a week or so here in Australia. I haven’t seen the movie yet, so getting the books read prior to the movie was something I wanted to do.

This coming week I’d like to get a few more books read – I’ll see how I go.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

Not a lot done on social networks or web applications this week. I have added a few books to Goodreads, that is about all really.

 

Currently Reading:

Currently, I am reading the following books:

Discipline of GraceDiscipline of Grace, by Jerry Bridges

I’m hoping to actually make some good progress on this book today and tomorrow. I read it once or twice before, but not in a while. Looking forward to getting into it. Jerry Bridges is usually very good to read.

 

CollapseCollapse, by Richard Stephenson

I’m just over halfway through this one, but it is a fairly long novel so it will take another day or two to complete at least.

 

Finished Reading:

This week I have been able to read the following books:

Phantoms on the BookshelvesPhantoms on the Bookshelves, by Jacques Bonnet

I completed this book very early in the week and have written a review which can be found via the link below. Probably only really appeal to those of us who are really into books and have a library of our own. I quite enjoyed the read.

See also:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/book-review-phantoms-on-the-bookshelves-by-jacques-bonnet/

 

Killing CalvinismKilling Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside, by Greg Dutcher

This was a great book and one I should read on a regular basis – perhaps once a year. A very challenging book, with many lessons for the church today (thinking of reformed churches).

See also:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/book-review-killing-calvinism-how-to-destroy-a-perfectly-good-theology-from-the-inside-by-greg-dutcher/

 

Catching FireCatching Fire: The Hunger Games Books 2, by Suzanne Collins

I haven’t as of yet wrote a review on this one – will do soon hopefully.

 

MockingjayMockingjay: The Hunger Games Book 3, by Suzanne Collins

I haven’t as of yet wrote a review on this one – will do so soon hopefully.

 

Purchased & Added to Library:

I again grabbed a heap of free ebooks from Amazon. These are all of the books I’ve posted on my Blog ‘The Book Stand,’ so all posted there I also downloaded for myself. I’ll certainly have more books than I can ever read that’s for sure, but certainly never wanting for choice. No harm in grabbing them while there free and in digital format – if I don’t read them all, what does it matter? At least I’ll have them if I want to read them.

Among the books I actually purchased this week:

The Hunger Games – Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
In Christ Alone – Living the Gospel Centered Life, by Sinclair Ferguson
Set Apart – Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life, by Kent R. Hughes

 

From My Armchair: 4 August 2012


I am into my last days of annual leave, so it is doubtful I’ll be able to read anywhere near as much as I have this last week. I’ll probably have the Kindle out at lunch for a bit, so I’ll still be getting some reading in even while I’m at work. The Kindle has certainly made it a lot easier to have good reading material available no matter where I am. Loving the Kindle.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

Not a lot has happened with the social networks in the book/reading niche over this last week, except that I have been updating Goodreads on a regular basis as to what I am reading, progress and cataloguing the books as I go.

I did do a quick addition to Quotista, which has a lot of potential but doesn’t appear to be being developed any further, which is quite disappointing. It could really be something good if it was improved from time to time. It looks so good. So, I have also been using a personal WordPress.com blog for filing quotes. This will be able to be searched and catalogued as I go and will make a very good tool down the track, curating my reading over the years, while still being able to use my books as valuable tools for further research and study. I think it works OK.

 

Currently Reading:

Currently, I am reading two books – well one actually, but about to start another. These are listed below:

Killing Calvinism– Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside, by Greg Dutcher

I have started reading this twice – it is an excellent read and I wanted to absorb what I had read, so I thought why not start again. Highly recommend this one.

See also:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/book-review-killing-calvinism-how-to-destroy-a-perfectly-good-theology-from-the-inside-by-greg-dutcher/

 

– Phantoms on the Bookshelves, by Jacques Bonnet

I haven’t really started this book as I finish this post, but it will be one I’ll be starting some time today.

 

Finished Reading:

Treasure IslandI have managed to get a couple of books read this week (and even reviewed).

– One of these book was ‘Treasure Island,’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. I read this on the Kindle and it was a very quick read, finishing it in two days. My book review is linked to below.

For more visit:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/book-review-treasure-island-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

 

The Bourne Identity– I also managed to complete ‘The Bourne Identity,’ by Robert Ludlum. This is the first of 10 books in the Jason Bourne series.

I haven’t yet completed a book review on this one, it will be coming soon.

 

The Hunger Games– I both purchased and read the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy, ‘The Hunger Games,’ by Suzzane Collins this week.

I haven’t yet completed a book review on this one either, but it will come this week sometime hopefully.

 

Purchased & Added to Library:

I again grabbed a heap of free ebooks from Amazon. These are all of the books I’ve posted on my Blog ‘The Book Stand,’ so all posted there I also downloaded for myself. I’ll certainly have more books than I can ever read that’s for sure, but certainly never wanting for choice. No harm in grabbing them while there free and in digital format – if I don’t read them all, what does it matter? At least I’ll have them if I want to read them.

Among the books I actually purchased this week:

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Phantoms on the Bookshelves, by Jacques Bonnet

 

From My Armchair: 28 July 2012


I am doing a little experimenting here, just trying to get a good format together for a new post I’ll be doing here on a regular basis (I hope). I thought I might start to do a regular reading progress type post, or something like that. It will probably be a weekly summary of what I’m reading and other book news ‘From My Armchair.’ There you go, that can be the title of the regular post. That is, book news from my own reading experience and exposure to books on a personal level, including updates from my personal library – that sort of thing.

Now to work out just what I’ll include in the post – it could be something like a newsletter I suppose. So straight up, there can be this sort of preamble blurb thing going on. Just a bit of a ramble about book stuff from a personal perspective. Then I can put down a few sub-headings with some structured content, relevant information and comments. Sounds like a plan I think. It will probably take a couple of weeks to come together and look presentable, at least to me anyhow. So it will be a work in progress for a while.

Something else I’m going to do is clear my reading list at Goodreads and have a new start there also. That way I can tie everything together and have a continuous and consistent story as far as my experience with books is concerned. That way, when I do this weekly post, ‘From My Armchair,’ I’ll be able to pass on a summary of my reading activity as recorded at Goodreads.

 

Social Networks, Web Applications & Other Tools

Under this head I think I can provide a summary of what I’m involved in as far as social networks and web applications are concerned. I use quite a number of social networks, web applications and tools in the area of books and reading, with a variety of applications and functions. All useful in their own way I believe. I think they provide a good means to not only glean useful information, but to also maximise the benefits of my books and reading for a whole range of activities that I am involved in. I like to see my books not only as entertainment and an escape from the world for a while, but also as tools for accomplishing many things within the world.

I currently use Goodreads as my social network for books/ebooks. I once also used Shelfari, being torn between the two, but now that Shelfari has closed the better of the two networks has continued as far as I am concerned. I am trying to use Goodreads as my online catalogue for books, so slowly I am adding them all to it. I also use a database on my own PC, which I am trying to sync with Goodreads, though I enter the information to both manually. It will take some time to get all of that done as I do have a large number of books.

 

Currently Reading:

I like to read and prefer reading to television viewing. I don’t like to waste my time and prefer to use my time in worthwhile pursuits. I do watch a small amount of television, but that is usually to further my intellectual development, so I watch documentaries, news programs and the like. I do watch the occasional program to wind down from time to time, but prefer to watch a DVD for that purpose as most of the stuff on the Idiot Box is just a lot of rubbish lol.

I usually have several books on the go at one time, but have found in recent years that I tend to not finish a lot of books also. That hasn’t always been the case, but it seems increasingly so now. I’ll be cutting down on the number of books I’m reading at any one time in the future, to try and ensure I finish what I start more often than not.

Currently, I am reading two books – well one actually, but about to start another. These are listed below:

– The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum
– Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside, by Greg Dutcher

 

Finished Reading:

The Hunt for Red October, by Tom ClancyI did have a few books underway and these were all listed at Goodreads, but I cleared these a little while ago and gave myself a fresh start. One book I completed recently was ‘The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy. I read the Jack Ryan series of books by Clancy some time ago and recently decided I’d read them again. I also watched the film again to see how close to each other they were – there was quite a difference between the book and the film. I have a post about this which I’ll link to below.

For more visit:
https://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/1614/

 

Purchased & Added to Library:

I have recently acquired a large number of ebooks, many for free from Amazon, including the following books:

– Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside, by Greg Dutcher
– The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges
– Beyond Belief – The Real Life of Daniel Defoe, by John Martin