Planned Reading List

I am an avid reader, and an avid organiser. I was looking at the pile of books I am planning to read and decided to get them organised. I thought some of you out there might be interested in recommendations, and it would be good to blog about my reading, so I have added my current list in the sidebar. Here are the explanations that go with the books:

History: [These are fact or historical fiction]
The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes, Mark Urban [I have a fascination with the Peninsular War, through Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe books and TV series]
J R R Tolkien Author of the Century, Tom Shippey [I love Lord of the Rings et al]
The Elixir of Death, Bernard Knight & Vagabond, Bernard Cornwell [I want to turn my Alina book into a historical novel. These books are set around the same period, so I thought I’d see how it’s done]

Christian: [These have all caught my eye recently]
War of the Worlds, Adrian Plass [Saw him on tour recently and bought this]
The Wild Gospel, Alison Morgan [Recommended at a lecture]
Epidemic of Life becoming a Contagious Christian to reach a Desperate World, Chris Thackery [A friend was giving books away, and I fancied this one]
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence [Amazing book, amazing man. Permanently on my reading list as it’s worth reading again and again]

Writing: [Recommended books from various places]
The First Five Pages, Noah Lukeman [How to beat the slush pile – I hope]
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Renni Browne & Dave King [Got to get that manuscript as polished as possible]
The Story Book – A Writer’s Guide to Story Development, Principles, Problem Solving and Marketing, David Baboulene [He wrote a series of articles in Writing Magazine that were very helpful]

The Rubaiyat of Omar  Khayyam, Fitzgerald translation [My father owned a copy and was always quoting from it. Haven’t read it in 30 years, so when I saw a copy I bought it]

So, as you see, a very eclectic mix. I also read Writing Magazine every month and have two issues of Mslexia Magazine, for women writers, to read. I’ll keep you posted (literally).


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at
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2 Responses to Planned Reading List

  1. Hello are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


    • Sorry I didn’t get your comment until today – the system decided it was spam for some reason, and I just rescued it. This blog and my other blog are both on WordPress. I used to use Blogger, but I moved everything over as this looks more like a web site and gave me the look I wanted. I have no experience of html, I use only the features offered. WordPress guides you through the process and make it very straight-forward. Good luck with your blog.


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