Resolution 1: Read the Books I Own

This is the first in a series of posts with my resolutions for the new academic year.


I have previously blogged about reading; however I am beginning to set myself some resolutions for the start of the academic year. The first is to read some of the books that I own rather than buying books or getting more books out of the library. I have spent part of this morning looking at books that I own that I have not read.

I will between now and the end of the calendar year:

  1. Attempt to not purchase any books (other than the already listed pre-orders)
  2. Not check out any books from the library (apart from the 3 titles on hold)
  3. Read as many of the books on the list below as possible.

Check back in the end of December / beginning of January for the result!


  • Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better – Doug Lemov
  • Shackleton’s Way: Leadership lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer – Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell
  • 10 billion – Stephen Emmmott
  • Professional Captial: Transforming Teaching in Every School – Mandy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
  • Teacher Proof – Tom Bennett
  • Effective Innogaction in the Secondary Geography Curriculum – Charles Rawding
  • A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism – Facing History and Ourselves
  • The Tail: How England’s schools fail one child in five -and what can be done – Paul Marshall
  • Population 10 Billion – Danny Dorling
  • Political Parties in Britain – Matt Cole and Helen Deighan
  • School Wars – Melisa Benn
  • A Smart Guide to Utopia: 111 Inspiring Ideas for a Better City – Le Cool
  • Do Not Alight Here: Walking London’s Lost Undergound and Railway Stations- Ben Pedroche
  • Brilliant Subject LEader – Marc Bowen
  • World City – Doreen Massey
  • Whole School Progress the Lazy Way – Jim Smith
  • Shut Up and Take Action – Action Jackson
  • Johnson’s Life of London – Boris Johnson
  • Pulphead – John Jeremiah Sullivan
  • Poverty and insecurity: life in low-pay, no-pay Britain (LR)
  • The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War – Peter Hennessy
  • True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership – Bill George
  • Cities are Good For You – Leo Hollis
  • What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster – Jonathan Last
  • An Ethic of Excellence – Ron Berger
  • Authenticity in and Through Teaching in Higher Education – Carolin Kreber
  • You Talking to Me?: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama – Sam Leith
  • The Box – Levinson
  • Underground London – Stephen Smith

Autobiography / Biography

  • Behind the Candelabra – Scott Thorson
  • Dear Lupin: Letters to a wayward Son – Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer (Lib)
  • The Lonely Planet Story – Tony and Maureen Wheeler
  • The Word According to Bob – James Bowen (LR)
  • Tony Blair: A Journey
  • Small Wars Permitting – Christina Lamb
  • Richte’s Scale – Hough
  • Longitude – David Sobel


  • The Honey Guide – Richard Crompton (LR)
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (LR)
  • Stoner: A Novel – John Williams
  • The Flood – Ian RankinRed Plenty – Frances Spufford
  • The Last Wish – Andrze Sapkowski
  • Vanity Fair – Thakeray
  • Sunnyside – Glen David Gold
  • The Dog Stars – Peter Heller
  • The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
  • The Brutal Art – Jesse Kellerman
  • Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  • The Flying Man – Roopa Farooki
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Other Hand – Chris Cleave
  • Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein (K)
  • The Legacy – Lynda La Plante (K)
  • Never Go Back – Lee Child (K) – Released on 29th August 2013
  • Wrongful Death – Lynda La Plante (K) – Released on 12th September 2013
  • W is for Wasted – Sue Grafton (K) – Released on 10th September 2013

You can see the books I am currently reading and the books I have read at: